A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

June 4, 2008

Introducing Windrush Atlas

Filed under: Alpacas, camelids, Crias, General — Tags: , , , — alpacalady @ 7:22 am

Atlas in a more relaxed pose

 Our first cria of the Spring was born to our black female ABA Queen of Spades and our Color Champion Herdsire Windrush Jennifer’s Zindel. 


We had bred Queen and Zin the previous breeding season and that breeding resulted in a beautiful dark fawn female cria with golden vicuna markings who we named Windrush Zindel’s Velvet Princess.  Velvet has the most beautiful consistent fleece with a velvet like handle, hence her name.  We were so pleased with the pairing of Queen and Zin that we repeated the breeding hoping we would get another cria with the same qualities as Velvet – and we did.


On May 13 while we were in Muleshoe, Texas helping to shear some alpacas, dear Queen decided it was the ideal opportunity to have her cria in peace!  Queen is a very independent girl and so it did not surprise me that she would wait until we left the farm to have her cria.  Fortunately we had arranged for Bob Dart from Llano Soleado Alpacas to check on the girls and when he did there was Queen with her brand new cria, a solid medium brown boy who we have now named Atlas.


Atlas is a robust cria and has the most striking presence.  The meaning of the name Atlas comes from Greek mythology where Atlas was a Titan and brother to Prometheus who held heaven and earth on his shoulders as a punishment from Zeus for leading the Titans in a revolt against the gods.  We wanted a strong name for Atlas and we already have a Zeus from last year’s cria crop so we felt Atlas was an appropriate name.


Even at three weeks of age Atlas  stands proud in the pasture just begging for people to admire his beautiful stance.  Atlas is the leader of the cria games at night and just these last few days has decided that being a herdsire is definitely in his future.  He now chases the female alpacas around the pasture and even mounted one of the new female crias and started orgling at her, Atlas is certain that breeding female alpacas is in his future.


Atlas does have the same velvet like handle to his fleece as his sister Velvet.  His fleece also has some nice tiny bundles and lots of brightness to it.  So before Atlas starts to breed he will be holding court in the show ring, standing proud and demanding blue ribbons!




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