A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

May 30, 2009

What’s with the PPP?

As I wrote the previous blog entry about Biscotti and his lineage it dawned on me that for those outside of the alpaca industry some of the names mentioned might appear a little strange.  It might appear to some as if my keyboard had got stuck when I typed words such as PPPeruvian, or perhaps they thought I was having a bad typing day when I wrote 4Peruvian instead of just the word Peruvian.

There is though an explanation of those strange versions of the word Peruvian and it is related to the importation of alpacas from Peru into the United States during the 1990’s.

According to the web site of the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association,
the first importation of alpacas into the United States was a herd of ten alpacas that were imported from England by Richard and Kay Patterson in 1982.  By 1984 there was an importation of alpacas from Chile into the United States.

The first importation of alpacas from Peru into the United States was in 1993 with subsequent importations from Peru taking place every year until 1998.  By the 1995 importation, the alpacas from that importation were registered with the Alpaca Registry using the word PPPeruvian in their name to indicate they were from the third importation.  Subsequent importations changed the format of the name a little by using 4Peruvian, 5Peruvian and 6Peruvian as part of the alpaca’s name.  A detailed article regarding the importation of alpacas from Peru into the US can be found at the website of Northwest Alpacas by clicking on the following link


So, as you can see my keyboard is working just fine, my typing though, well that varies on a day to day basis, but when it comes to words such as PPPeruvian, 4Peruvian, 5Peruvina or 6Peruvian my typing is just fine.

As the alpaca industry in the United States matures it is sometimes easy for those of us in the business to become very familiar with various terms and trends that are alpaca specific.  We forget that others have just discovered alpacas and might, at times, be wondering what on earth we are referring to.  Sometimes we need to take the time to back track a little and explain what we are talking about and help those who are not yet in the alpaca industry feel informed and welcome – who knows, over time they might decide to join us in raising alpacas and enjoying all that the alpaca lifestyle has to offer.


May 29, 2009

Welcome To Our Latest Arrival

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Biscotti of Peak Ranch!  Not a newborn cria, but rather a 10 month old male alpaca. 

I came across Biscotti while at the Great Western Alpaca Show in Denver back in May.  I looked at a lot of alpacas at the show but Biscotti and his stall mate Jack Black stood out in my memory.  So much so that while I had planned on setting off back to Clovis on the Sunday morning without going back to the show grounds I instead decided to go back and take a another look at Biscotti and Jack Black.

I was impressed by the fineness and handle of both of the boys fleeces but the brightness, consistency, density and tiny bundles of Biscotti’s fleece along with his long list of top quality ancestors made him the winner at the end of the day (how I wish money were no object or I would have no doubt bought both of the boys, but Ric had put a limit on my spending – spoilsport!).

Biscotti of Peak Ranch

Biscotti of Peak Ranch

Biscotti’s fleece has a drape to it almost like a suri fleece, but when you part it you are greeted by well organized huacaya crimp with a stunning brightness and soft, soft handle.  Biscotti’s registration certificate contains names such as CND Accoyo Bizcocho, PPeruvian Timoteo, PPeruvian Camilio, PPPeruvian Auzengate, 4Peruvian Black Magic, SCA Peruvian Desert Sun and PPeruvian Leon – and just in case you haven’t guessed Biscotti is full Peruvian.

Biscotti’s dam Gypsy Sun has five blue ribbons and two Reserve Color Champions to her name and at five years of age is still holding her fleece qualities, something that we look for in bloodlines that we bring into our herd.  Biscotti’s sire CND Accoyo Bizcocho is a full Accoyo who is densely covered from head to toe with beautiful, lustrous fiber.  CND Accoyo Bizcocho is also holding his fleece qualities as he ages.  With such great genetics in his background Biscotti should eventually put some wonderful cria on the ground.

Biscotti is a very easygoing alpaca, sweet and easy to handle which is a good thing as he is also quite large for his age.  It will be quite a while before he is ready to breed but we are already looking forward to seeing how his cria turn out.

We thank Rene and Dennis Beshear of Peak Ranch Alpacas for giving us the opportunity to bring some fresh genetics into our herd and look forward to keeping them updated on Biscotti’s progress.


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