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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Alpaca Owners Association 2017 TOP EPD Trait Leaders Report is In!

Here we are again. The 2017 EPD results came in and once again 12 of our herd of 16 are in the Top 1-15% of AOA's Top EPD Trait Leaders Reports.

Our herdsire Cosmo again being named a Top 5 EPD Trait Leader for fleece weight for the third year in a row. Continues to be in the Top 1% - 15% for AFD, SF, %F>30, %M and MSL.

Rock Gardens Accoyo Cosmo

Ivy was a Top 5 EPD Trait Leader for SDAFD in 2013 and 2015, missed by 1 in 2014 (was #6) and at 11 years of age is currently #16 out of 42,599 alpacas in SDAFD placing her at the Top 1%. She has consistently placed in the Top 1% since 2013 for SDAFD & %F>30 and the Top 5% for AFD, SF, MC and %M


Gianna's Peruvian Ivy

The 2015 cria of Cosmo and Ivy; Peony's  report places her in the Top 1% for %M; the Top 5% for AFD, SF, %F>30, MC and the Top 10% for SDAFD.

Rock Garden's Perucoyo Peony

Zinnia, the 2011 cria of Ivy has consistently placed in the Top 1-10% since 2013 and remains in the is in the Top 1% for SDAFD and remains in the Top 10% for SF, %F>30, and MC.

                                              Perucoyo Zinnia
Rock Garden's Perucoyo Zinnia

Gladiola, the 2015 cria of Cosmo and Zinnia. Gladiola's report places her in the Top 1% for FW, the Top 10% for %F>30, MC and %M and the Top 15% for SDAFD.

Rock Garden's Perucoyo Gladiola

Iris, the 2013 cria of Zinnia, is once again in the Top 10% for SDAFD.

 Rock Garden Alpacas Perucoyo Iris

Petunia, the 2014 cria of Zinnia placed in the Top 15% for FW.

Rock Garden's Perucoyo Petunia
Sunflower, the dam of Cosmo, Berberis and Stachys has consistently placed in the Top 1% for MSL and FW since 2013 and is in the Top 5% for %M.

Alpavo's Accoyo Sunflower Girl

Stachys, the 2015 cria of Sunflower; is in the Top 5% for AFD, SF, %F>30, the Top 10%  for MSL, the Top 15% for %M.

Rock Garden's Accoyo Stachys

Berberis, the 2013 cria of Sunflower the Top 10-25%  SDAFD, %F>30, %M and FW

Rock Garden Alpacas Accoyo Berberis

Montauk has consistently placed in the Top 1% for AFD, SF, %F>30 and %M since 2015 is in  the Top 5% for SDAFD, MC.


 Rock Garden's HR Montauk

and last but not least, Marigold, 2015 daughter of Masquerade, places in the Top 5% for MSL.

Rock Garden's Peruvian Marigold













Thursday, January 19, 2017

We Are A Small Farm But................


Our farm - Rock Garden Alpacas -  is located in Oxford, NY. We started our adventure into alpaca farming in 2011 with 2 bred females from Ideuma Creek Alpacas,  Alpavos Accoyo Sunflower Girl and Gianna's Peruvian Ivy.

Six years later we have 15 alpacas - 10 females and 5 males plus 2 on the way for 2017.

Of those 15 alpacas 12 of them are in the Top 1 - 10% of AOA's Top EPD Trait Leaders Report for 2016, with our herdsire Cosmo again ranking among the Top 5 alpacas for fleece weight.

Rock Gardens Accoyo Cosmo

Our herdsire Cosmo - Top 5 EPD Trait Leader in Fleece Weight for 2016 and previously for 2015. Continues to be in the Top 10% for AFD, SF, %F>30, %M and MSL at the age of 6.

Gianna's Peruvian Ivy

Ivy was a Top 5 EPD Trait Leader for SDAFD in 2013 and 2015, missed by 1 in 2014 (was #6) and at 10 years of age is currently #18 out of 39,442 alpacas in SDAFD placing her at the Top 1%, she also remains in the Top 1% for %F>30 and is in the Top 10% for AFD, SF, MC, and SDMC.

Rock Garden's Perucoyo Peony

The 2015 cria of Cosmo and Ivy; Peony's very first EPD report places her in the Top 1% for %F>30 and the Top 5% for AFD, SDAFD, SF, MC and %M.

We have repeated this breeding for a 2017 cria.

Rock Garden's Perucoyo Zinnia

Zinnia, the 2011 cria of Ivy has consistently placed in the Top 1-10% since 2013 and remains in the Top 10% for SDAFD, SF, %F>30, and MC.

Rock Garden's Perucoyo Gladiola

Gladiola, the 2015 cria of Cosmo and Zinnia, Gladiola's very first EPD report places her in the Top 1% for FW, the Top 10% for %F>30, MC and %M and the Top 15% for AFD, SDAFD and SF.

 Rock Garden Alpacas Perucoyo Iris

Iris, the 2013 cria of Zinnia, the Top 10% for SDAFD.

Alpavo's Accoyo Sunflower Girl

Sunflower, the dam of Cosmo, Berberis and Stachys has consistently placed in the Top 1% for MSL and FW since 2013 and is in the Top 10% for %M.

Rock Garden's Accoyo Stachys

Stachys, the 2015 cria of Sunflower; his first EPD report places him in the Top 10% for AFD, SF, %F>30 and the Top 15% for SDAFD, %M and MSL.

Rock Garden Alpacas Accoyo Berberis

Berberis, the 2013 cria of Sunflower the Top 10% for FW and the Top 15% for SDAFD and %F>30.

 Rock Garden's HR Montauk

Montauk has once again placed in the Top 1% for AFD at # 92 out of 21089, SF at #113, %F>30 at #46 and the Top 10% for SDAFD at #803, MC at #675 and %M at #290. In 2015 he was in the Top 1% for AFD, SF, %F>30 and the Top 10% for SDAFD, MC and %M.

Ideuma Creek's Peruvian Masquerade

Masquerade has consistently been in the Top 1% for MSL since 2014. Currently at #37 out of 21089.

Rock Garden's Peruvian Marigold

Even our 2015 cria Marigold, daughter of Masquerade, places in the Top 10% for MSL.

All in all - pretty good for a small farm.............










Stachys

ROCK GARDEN'S ACCOYO STACHYS

Soft and fine doesn't even begin to describe this boy - 2016 Fiber Stats: 16.4 microns with a 99.3% comfort factor. 2017 Fiber Stats: 17.6 microns with a 97.7% comfort factor; Mean Staple Length 121.2mm - 4 3/4 inches.

I LOVE working with his fiber. It is long, silky, full of crimp. Some of his fleece even maintains a "lock" structure making spinning it a lot of fun! It spins up like a dream. I have carded and felted it and also dyed it. So many things can be done with his fiber. 

Stachys has been gelded.

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Stachys's Information

Formal Name: Rock Garden's Accoyo Stachys
ARI Number:  35110958
Born:  08/06/15
Type:  Male Huacaya
Primary Color:  White
Status: Gelded
Heritage:  Full Accoyo




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