|Last Updated: 3rd of May 2014
We attended our first ever show on the 14/15 April - The Southwest Group 2012 Alpaca Spring Show.
We took 3 of our 2011 Cria and our part owned Stud Male.
We walked away with a 1st place in the Female Junior Grey class, a 2nd place in the Female Junior Brown Class and a 2nd place in the Male Adult White Class. We also won Championship Reserve in the female Grey class. So overall we had an amazing weekend, and an excellent first show for Summerhaze Alpacas.
We are now looking forward to our next couple of shows we have lined up...
After a great show success, this has started out to be a good year!
We have had 4 lovely cria born...2 x males 2 x females. thankfully everything went well for both mums and babies!
With strong cria running around the paddocks and our own hay baled...and safely stored for the winter, we look forward to our next challenge....Fencing which is an on going process as we are making them smaller - so more managable (if only the weather helped)!!! Hopefully we should have our first phase finished before winter sets in.
We... like many other breeders, are in a delema not knowing the best way forward with planning when it comes to shelters. Still we battle on and for the animals sake!!
All four cria are filling out nicely and looking good.... so we are looking forward to the halter training ready for the show team for next year.
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What a winter!!! lets hope spring is on its way!!
We managed to get on the land ....with the couple of weeks dry weather....finished hedge cutting at last. Hay fields topped and harrowed ...all we need now is sunshine for the grass to grow.
As for our animals they are looking good. Busy halter training the young ones, and looking forward to our first newborns next month.
We'd like to thank our customers who recently purchased from our beautiful herd, and wish them all the best.
Now looking at the show calendar .... we had such a good time last year, we wouldn't want to miss this year.
This year is running away already, with this years cria due at any time soon. We have had a good year with lots happening, from sales through to our planning being granted for a house....this is a very exciting time and can't wait.
We have started revamping our barn by extending the flooring across to allow more space for hay/straw and to add a fibre room where I can store and sort my fleece without being interrupted and rushed. On the ground floor there will be a large food/storage room and a meeting/viewing room for potential clients and visitors, not to mention a selection of pens ranging from large to smaller ones for mating....at last we will be prepared for all weather conditions.
We also bought in a new stud male 'Inca Dakota'....so are very excited about this. We will be mating him to our females with the intention to add colour, structure, density and just as important...a desirable look to our future herd. We will be offering his services through mobile matings to start with.
Well...the shows are already underway and although we have not entered into the earlier shows we are looking forward to being at the Devon County and the Bath & West....so hopefully see you there.