The story of the show careers of Fantasia and friends.
Fantasia’s fleece was already about three inches long when she came to us. The tips were brown but underneath, all the way to her skin, she was a lustrous black so that when she walked the swishing brown tips gave glimpses of the shimmering black beneath.
She was five months old, Continue reading
Cereta was born on 30th July 2016 – while Viv was away stewarding at the Fleece Show. Fortunately Ian was on hand and knew what to do when mum, Lady Bea, was struggling to birth the shoulders. Continue reading
We noticed Caramel, one of our experienced mums, looking very uncomfortable one Saturday night (11th June). She was getting up and down and making frequent visits to the poo pile, like she was in stage 1 delivery, except that she wasn’t dilated. It was a cold evening and she was panting – like she was trying to hold on. Sure enough at first light she produced her cria, a big 9kg boy. Continue reading
Saturday the 4th June was busy with two crias born on the same day. Moonbeam was looking uncomfortable at breakfast and produced a lovely light fawn boy soon after – our first cria sired by our young stud Supreme Champion Hilly Ridge Balius Blue. Continue reading
Our second cria of 2016 a little boy sired by Popham Suri Dream Catcher out of Popham Florence. He’s a dazzling white and fingers crossed it looks like he has inherited the fleece attributes that have won his dad so many championships, as that baby fleece looks incredibly uniform and organised.
Clementine was 3 weeks old when Churchill was born – there must be something in the naming as she clearly loves him already.
Clementine our first cria of 2016 born on 14th May. Mum Sunlight was a maiden so we were a little anxious for her especially as the dad has a habit of siring large babies. Fortunately it was a straightforward birth and Sunlight proved to be a great mum. This little girl is really lovely and has quite a cheeky temperament.
Time to shear! In April, Ian attended a course at Pure alpacas to learn to shear. We still booked a professional shearer for our herd though as a new shearer takes a lot longer than experienced shearers. Andy and Matt sheared 22 of our animals on May 21st leaving 4 of the older girls for Ian to do.
Our first trip to Ardingley and it’s a super show ground with a very friendly team organising the alpaca show. We took Dream Catcher (adult light male) as well as five of the juniors – Branwen, Boudicca, Brynhilda, Beowulf and Bedevere. It was Bedevere’s first outing but he managed to win a first.
In the winter we decided to improve our shearing facilities. F irst step clear out the shearing shed – it’s amazing how much stuff accumulates in agricultural buildings. Then with help from friend Anne-Marie we painted the walls and sealed the concrete floor.
Our juniors did us proud at the Heart of England Fiesta Halter Show on the 16 and 17 April. We took three girls, Branwen, Boudicca and Berenice and one boy Beowulf. Branwen and Boudicca both won firsts again and went on to win Reserve Champion sashes.
Thanks to our friend Scott of Hilly Ridge for taking theses photos of Branwen.
Berenice and Beowulf also won rosettes. It was Beowulf’s first outing but he had the girls for company and was fine.