Saturday, April 30, 2011

Surprise!

I've been keeping a very big secret. I may have mentioned on this blog before that since we began our farm, I have wanted a black male. Not any black male, but a very nice, true black, that we could use as a herdsire.

While we have quite a bit of black genetics on our farm (most of our animals have a black secondary color), so we could easily have a black alpaca born on our farm, it hasn't happened yet. A few months back we decided that instead of waiting for a black male to be born on our farm, we would seek one out. We found:





His name: Gabriel Star of RobAsia

And he is now ours!!!!!

Today he won:



A second place in a very tough class of juvenile black males. We are very excited about his placing!!

Of course I know this means we will have a whole bunch of black boys born this year on our farm (it's possible from several of our breeding choices). But I don't see how we will regret having Gab. He's incredible.

None of the 6 alpacas that we took with us got into the show ring today. Shows are run on a schedule, where the alpacas show in a set color order: black, brown, fawn, beige, white, then greys and indefinites. Only the blacks, browns and the male fawns made it into the ring today. Our six left to show:

female fawn
male beige
male white
male rose grey
female rose grey
female indefinite dark

Sunday is going to be a very busy day for us.

2 comments:

Ertman-Trowbridge Family said...

Yay! He is beautiful. I cannot wait to meet him!

(And everyone back at the farm is doing well.)

Oak Haven Alpacas said...

Thank you so much Valerie! I'm glad to hear they are doing well, I hope they haven't given you a hard time :)

Gab is cuter in person, my pictures were a bit blurry (which I didn't realize until I loaded them on the computer tonight).

Cara

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