Here are some of the cria born on our alpaca farm in Alabama near the end of 2011. In the center is the fawn little Casey McCoy. Full sister to one of our favorite alpacas we have ever produced, Colt McCoy, we are thrilled to welcome her to the herd. Casey is a solid girl with a turbo dense fleece! She has the bloodlines for it. Her grandfather sheared over 16 lbs. Casey is out of Nevoso and SCA Peruvian Magnum.
Moquita. Out of Princess Quita and sired by SCA Peruvian Magnum. I love her gorgeous white fleece. It consists of individual fingers of fine fiber with a soft handle and very uniform. A fiber artists’s dream.
Magnum’s Black Pearl. Out of Blakeny and sired by SCA Peruvian Magnum. Yes, he throws TRUE BLACK. And this girl’s fiber looks like a Magnum cria fleece with lovely crimp and structure. It is super soft and DENSE! This girl is about two months old, but we are impressed already.
Precious little Grace sold herself to the Donalds already. She is out of Amber and SCA Peruvian Magnum. Grace has one of the brightest fleeces! It’s also incredibly soft, but it’s the luster that will have fiber people going nuts for it.
Who can really blame him? She has one of the top fleeces we’ve produced, and just look at those eyelashes! She’s a little doll. tiny. I think she’s putting all her energy into growing her fleece rather than her body. That happens sometimes with cria who grow extra-long staple lengths. After shearing she should have a growth spurt.
We call her Candy Cane, (one of my twins named her) but she probably needs a more regal name. This is the first Archangel/SCA Peruvian Magnum cross, and we like what we see. Out of our Archangel daughter, Guardian Angel and sired by Magnum. She is exhibiting a very advanced fleece that is ultra fine. I’m looking forward to seeing her histogram.
Perhaps because he’s the only baby boy we have, but this little guy is my heart. I’ve been calling him Brown Mesquite because his grandsire is the great Peruvian Black Mesquite, but…he’s not brown. More like fawn.
Whatever his name turns out to be I adore this male out of Tapioka. I think his fleece looks the most like his sire, SCA Peruvian Magnum, who is a winner of the prestigious AFCNA Spirit of Fiber award. Magnum has already produced one son, Mr. Jefferson, who won the Spirit of Fiber award. Would I be getting ahead of myself to dream that one day this little man could win it too? Okay, yes. But this boy’s fleece is the stuff of alpaca dreams…
Today I’m putting on the “to-do” list photographing all these little ones’ fleeces. Shearing is coming up soon so I’d better get to it.
Which of these cute alpaca cria is your favorite and why? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
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