Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Meet Jewel of the Nile

We have added a new girl to our herd (I know...every year, I say I will buy no more alpacas....I better give up saying that). Some of our alpaca friends have decided to retire after 11 years of being in the business and we decided to add one of their girls Jewel of the Nile to our herd. Jewel is a full Peruvian, 3/4 accoyo, bay black girl out of Accoyo's Goldsmith. She also has famous herdsires in her pedigree like Peruvian Felix, Peruvian Legacy, Peruvian Royal Fawn, Peruvian Inca, and Accoyo Asante. She is a smaller girl (about the same size of our girl Bellesa) and has nice fiber with white/grey throughout the bay black. She has really cute white/grey tufts coming out of her ears like tassels. Her fiber coverage is amazing...we actually had to trim eye holes for her so she could see (she was really skittish when we first looked at her...I think she had a difficult time seeing us). She is 2 1/2 years old and is ready to breed this spring. We will have to find just the right guy for her! So far, Jewel is doing well on our farm. The other alpacas have been pretty nice to her and she hasn't seemed stressed at all. In fact she has been the first one in for grain/hay time each day! She is pretty scared of our danes and really curious about the chickens and ducks. She follows the chickens around the pasture, much to their dismay. We are so happy to have added Jewel to our farm! Here are some pics I snapped of her.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

She is absolutley gorgeous! You have a beautiful herd.. :)!

Noah and Jillian Schwander said...

Thank you so much! I am already falling in love with her. She is a sweet girl!

cara said...

It was you!! We called on her but someone was already coming out to see her. Congrats! She looks great :)

Anonymous said...

Haha no problem ! I can see her being very gentle and loving! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, and she also has a very confident look to her, !

Noah and Jillian Schwander said...

Thanks Cara. We were quick and couldn't pass up such a good deal. They were concerned about her being small, but she is the same size as our girl Bellesa. She reminds me a lot of Shelby in how she looks. If your still interested in adding another paca, they have some amazing deals right now because they want to retire very soon. Not sure that any of them are quite as good as Jewel, but still a few decent animals.

cara said...

They did seem concerned about her being small, but that's how big Maddie was when we bred her. And actually she and Maddie are the same age. Maddie grew some after being bred, but I think the pregnancy hormones helped. And Shelby is that size too. I actually like to smaller framed ones. Do you know who you'll breed her to?

Noah and Jillian Schwander said...

I like the smaller framed alpacas too and she definitely has bone density and is pretty stocky. Our Bellesa is a little girl too and she has carried and birthed 8 cria (soon to be 9)with no problems. We are not yet sure who we are going to breed her with....probably someone on the smaller size. She is related to Smokey, so he is out. Any suggestions?