A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

October 31, 2007

And Speaking of Grandkids ……

Yesterday we received a phone call from Marilyn Knudsen and Roberto Ibarra of Altiplano Alpacas to let us know that their dam Moonshadow had delivered her cria from our herdsire Windrush Jennifer’s Zindel.  Moonshadow produced a beautiful light fawn male cria who apparently “glistens like gold” Marilyn describes his fleece as being curly and silky – sounds like a Zin cria.

We also heard recently from Susan and Kent Sasser of AlpacaWorks that their dam Girasol had delivered a beige male cria also from Zin.  I was surprised that the breeding of Girasol and Zin resulted in a beige cria as Girasol is a medium to dark fawn and with Zin’s fawn coloring I had hoped that breeding would produce a fawn cria.  You never can tell with alpacas what color a breeding will produce. 

So Zin now has four daughters and two sons on the ground with more cria arriving soon.  It is exciting to see the offspring of a herdsire, especially when that herdsire is one that was raised as a cria on your farm. 

When dealing with herdsires it is important to keep track of the offspring they produce.  Prospective clients often request information on the progeny of a herdsire before they purchase a breeding and the more information you have available the more helpful it is to that client when it comes to making a decision on that breeding.

We always do our best to keep track not only of the crias sired by our herdsires but also as to how those crias do as they grow up, their show record information and also information on their offspring is all valuable information to us.

We also recently heard from Troy and Mary Ogilvie of Timberlodge Alpacas that their Enchantment’s Prince Regent son Treasure of Airlie placed second in his class at the Mid-American show in Kansas.  Airlie has done well in his show career and has never placed lower than second place at any show he has attended.  He also has a reserve color champion to his credit and Troy and Mary are looking forward to being able to use Airlie as a herdsire in their own breeding program.

We jokingly refer to the offspring of our herdsires as “grandkids” and now have many alpaca “grandkids” on the ground.   We take an interest in all the “grandkids” and love to receive updates from their owners.

Just recently though we received news that we are going to be having a different sort of “grandkid” in our lives – a human one!  That’s a first for us.  Laura and Ren who were married earlier this year are now expecting their first child.  The baby is due to arrive at the end of March and will be joining an international family with uncles, aunts and grandparents in several different countries.  Before realizing that they were expecting Laura and Ren had planned on coming over to help us with shearing next spring, but it looks like that plan will be on hold.  Grandpa Ric though already has plans for baby Pienescu to be driving a tractor and shearing alpacas before he or she can walk!  I am pretty sure Laura and Ren will have something to say about that.

So congratulations to Marilyn and Roberto, Susan and Kent, Troy and Mary and most of all to our dear Laura and Ren.


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