Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Indiana Alpaca Invitational

Jolly Roger attended the Indiana Alpaca Invitational last weekend with our friends of Oak Haven Alpacas. The show ended up being a level V show and there were many alpacas in attendance. Jolly Roger showed in the Huacaya Full Fleece Dark Fawn Juvenile Male Halter Class and competed with 14 other young males out of some big name herdsires and from some large farms. Again the judge had a difficult time locating JR's testicles. He is younger and still has a lot of maturing to do. He did not make the line up this time and got the gate with 8 other young hopefuls. Jolly Roger was not shorn last year as he was born in the fall. This may have contributed to him not feeling as dense as he still has his cria tips that he was born with. They are very light wispy hairs that cover him and make him look very fluffy. I am glad that Jolly Roger has gotten a chance to show, especially at some really large shows. Since going to show, he has been much friendlier and easy going on our farm. He is now eating grain out of our hands which he was not doing before the shows and staying at Oak Haven Alpacas for a while when weaning. He is definitely much calmer when transporting now as well.

We will be taking Jolly Roger, our maiden Appalachia, and Oak Haven's White Lightning to the Michigan Alpaca Breeders Show and Fiber Fair in Davisburg, MI the first weekend in May. This is a smaller show and we are excited to see how our alpacas do here. Stay tuned in for the results.

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