A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

April 23, 2007

An Oldie But A Goodie!

Filed under: alpaca, Alpaca Fiber, Alpaca Shows, Alpacas, camelids, General — alpacalady @ 7:09 am

Cristobal - Head ShotAmong the alpacas we sheared at the weekend was the oldest alpaca in our herd.  Cristobal is nearly 15 years old, although you wouldn’t know it to look at him.  Cristobal is a white suri alpaca who still has a lot of presence and is the boss of his group of pasture mates.

Prior to shearing I had noticed how well Cristobal’s fleece is holding up.  He still has locks that twist down to the skin and that are consistent over his whole fleece.  The more I looked at him the more I thought that it would be nice to take his fleece off as a show fleece and put it in a show, just to see what will happen.  So yesterday Ric got to try his hand at shearing his first show fleece.  It probably was a little unfair to spring this on Ric with his second alpaca of the day when he is still a novice shearer, but I figured that if he messed the fleece up it would not be the end of the world as I had really decided to show it on a whim.

 Now Cristobal being the macho male that he is was not too thrilled with the whole shearing process and told us about his displeasure the whole time we were shearing him.  We had expected that he would do that as we know he is a very proud male who considers shearing a total indignity.

Ric was able to shear Cristobal’s blanket area without too many second cuts and I skirted it as soon as Cristobal was shorn.  The static electricity was a little bit of a problem so I will probably lay the fleece out and check it one more time before sending it off to show.

So now I just have to decide which show to send Cristobal’s fleece to, his fleece will be in the Mature Class but I think it stands a good chance and if nothing else we will get some feedback from the judge on Cristobal’s fleece,

Of course Cristobal would be much more impressed if we allowed him to breed a female rather than show his fleece, but as we do not have any Suri females he will just have to keep dreaming about that!

So keep watching the blog and maybe in coming months we will have some news of a ribbon for our “oldie but goodie” Cristobal.


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