Inca Grey Flyte joins Alpagas du Maquis in Belgium

We are proud to announce that Inca Grey Flyte has been purchased by Laurence and Eric from Alpacas du Maquis in Belgium.

Having bred Flyte and his dam Inca Grey Dubonnet, we are particularly fond of Inca Grey Fltye and to see the way he developed and the quality traits he has passed to his crias makes us very proud. We had great success with Flyte at the shows where he won a total of 3 championships, one reserve championship and 8 firsts from only 12 shows.

Inca Grey Flyte - Medium Grey Herd Sire          Inca Grey Flyte's Third Fleece

Transported by Alpaca Oord in March after extensive pre-export testing, including Enferplex bTB, Brucellosis and BVD , Inca Grey Flyte joined a stable of elite sires at Alpaga du Maquis.

Laurence with her new herd sire

Kevin from Alpaca Oord Transport looking on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Inca Grey Flyte has now had 43 crias registered on the BAS registry and more are due for registration soon. 
From those registered crias we can see the following breakdown:

Male crias = 43.58%
Female crias = 56.41%
Grey cria from grey dams = 53.3%
Non grey cria from grey dams = 46.7%
Grey cria from non grey dams = 33.3%
Non grey cria from non grey dams = 66.7%

As you can see, Inca Grey Flyte has a better than 53.3% chance of producing a grey cria from a grey dam. These are excellent statistics and way above average for grey herd sires.

Cria from Inca Grey Flyte

Cria from Inca Grey Flyte

 

 

 

 

Cria from Inca Grey Flyte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloodlines:

Cedar House Long John (LG) – Sire of Inca Grey Flyte – Sire: Cedar House Neptune of Houghton, dam: Alveston Think Pink of Cedar House

Inca Grey Dubonnet (MG) – Dam of Inca Grey Flyte – Sire: Wyona Sunset Triumph, dam: Wispa of Inca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inca Grey Flyte fleece performance:

2012 – 1st fleece – MIC: 17.1, SD: 4.2, CF: 100, SF: 17.2
2013 – 2nd fleece – MIC: 17.6, SD: 3.6, CF: 99.4, SF: 17.1
2014 – 3rd fleece – MIC: 20.2, SD: 4.7, CF: 94.8, SF: 20.0
2015 – 4th fleece – MIC: 23.5, SD: 5.5, CF: 87.4, SF: 23.3
2016 – 5th fleece – MIC: 22.9, SD: 5.2, CF: 90.3, SF: 22.7
His third year fleece yield was 3.74kg with a staple length of 100mm.

Inca Grey Flyte is much loved here at Inca Alpaca and we are very sorry to see him leave. We wish Laurence, Eric and all of their customers that are able incorporate Inca Grey Flyte into their breeding programme, the very best in their breeding and we hope that Flyte brings colour, conformation and fibre improvements. For more details please contact Alpagas du Maquis

Léa feeling proud as she leads her new alpaca

Flyte heads off to his new paddock with Laurence and Eric

 

Inca Excalibur – A time for reflection.

Five years ago, Tracey and I had the pleasure of exporting our leading home bred male, Inca Excalibur, over to the Netherlands. Purchased by a syndicate consisting of Alpaca Farm Tienda Molino, Quality Line Alpacas and Alpacas International, Inca Excalibur was acquired to be placed as their primary black herd sire. His job was to build on their existing black breeding programme and also darken some fawn and brown female lines.

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Inca Excalibur 2012 – Champion Black Male Huacaya – Hapert 2012

It was both his conformation and fleece traits that attracted the syndicate to him. The head type that Inca Excalibur exhibited, together with his balanced frame and high fibre coverage, offered up a correct and attractive frame from which to hang a load of quality fleece on. With a solid and proven pedigree, with many well known names in it, Inca Excalibur provided a base from which their coloured breeding programme could improve and grow.

It is a real privilege to witness the impact of your own home bred stock and it’s not something that happens on a regular basis. To see the progeny of Inca Excalibur and share in the show success they have had and also the exquisite fleeces they have produced, is very special. The ability of a herd sire to pass on the positive traits is never guaranteed. Inca Excalibur is the perfect example where building depth into the pedigree with bloodlines that exhibit a similar quality phenotype, result in a sire that has a strong and desirable genotype and uniform progeny to prove it.

Inca Excalibur 2012

Inca Excalibur 2012

Tracey and I would like to once again thank Anja, Peter, Dries, Jeanine and John for their purchase five years ago and we wish them well with the raft of high quality progeny that Inca Excalibur has produced.

Here is a selection of Inca Excalibur’s progeny – a number of the blacks have been awarded Champion Black Awards. Please click on the image to enlarge.

 

British Alpaca Society National Show 2016

In the spirit of Alan Carr – what a week it’s been!

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Jude Anderson and Tim Hey with the judges choice huacaya fleece at the 2016 BAS National Show

The week began when I traveled  up to Buckinghamshire to judge the BAS National Fleece Show along with fellow judge, Jude Anderson, who had just flown in from the States. We had 180 fleeces to judge in a day and this year was the first time the fleeces were tested for fibre diameter by AAFT using the OFDA 2000 machine. As a judge, it was great to have the fibre tested as it backed up what I was feeling and seeing.

For the small minority of people that don’t know, last weekend was the BAS National Halter Show at the Telford International Centre, near Birmingham. With over 70 exhibitors and 500 alpacas, the 2016 show was the biggest in the UK to date. The most dedicated breeders in the UK alpaca industry turned out to exhibit, network and generally have a wonderful time together. The number and quality of alpacas at the show was amazing and a real credit to their owners, as this winter has been a real challenge for us all. The continuous wind, rain and mud has made preparing for this years show really hard work. With that being said, the alpacas that I saw in their pens looked healthy and show ready.

 

 

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Kevin and Karen with the Champion and Reserve Champion Grey Huacaya Females

 

The alpaca judging was split this year into suri in one show ring and huacaya in the other. The addition of the camera and large screen looked great and was a real benefit to the crowds of spectators who occupied the grandstand on both days. Tracey, Oliver, Georgia and I, along with Kevin, Karen, Frances and Trevor were there with the Inca show team consisting of 12 black and grey huacayas and the Alpaca Pals stand. As gold sponsors we had a ringside position which was great for watching the judging and networking.

 

 

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Kevin and Claire with the Champion and Reserve Champion Black Huacaya females

We were extremely lucky to win a number of classes and championships over the two days. Catching up with friends from the UK, Ireland and abroad, while being able to display our herd and breeding was a real treat.

We would like to congratulate all of our friends who exhibited alpacas over the weekend. Witnessing your success was a very special privilege.

If you wish to see body and fleece photos of our National Show team and a list of our winning alpacas, including the sire and dam, please click this link. 

 

 

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Alpaca Pals with the new addition ‘Pecan’ at the top

Saturday night was gala dinner time. We began with a drinks reception in the main showing hall, around the trade stands and then dinner in the Ludlow Suite. It was a great evening with great company. We managed to get into all sorts of mischief with the table next door!

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The gala dinner

The BAS National was a real credit to the organisers and the BAS as a whole. I would like to take this opportunity to thanks all those involved in the organisation of the event. It just shows how the British Alpaca industry is going from strength to strength and the confidence amongst owners and new investors is high and this paints a very bright future indeed.

All of us here at Inca are looking forward to next years show already.

Tim

Introducing Surtierra Shadow – Our new black herd sire

Surtierra Shadow

Inca Alpaca are pleased to introduce our new solid true black herd sire Surtierra Shadow. 

After 18 months of searching the world for a sire that would bring specific traits to our herd, we finally found and secured this male for our herd here in England. We were specifically looking for a sire who had true black parents that were unrelated to our herd. The male needed to be well grown and he had to have a very dense and fine fleece that was uniform in colour and length. The neck fleece on Suriterra Shadow is long and is just as fine as the saddle fleece.

Suriterra Shadow was the obvious choice for us here at Inca Alpaca, as both parents are such high quality and well bred true black alpacas. The show success that Surtierra Shadow has had are astounding, with the highlights being 1st place Senior Black Huacaya Male at the 2014 AAA National Show and Best Black Huacaya Fleeece at 2013 and 2014 AAA National Show.

Surtierra Shadow will remain in house for the 2016 season. However, with our co-owner Redens Alpacas we have decided to donate one stud service for the BAS National Show Stud Service Auction. To view the auction site where bidding for Suriterra Shadow closes at 8pm tonight pleasee click here.

To find out more about Surtierra Shadow please see below and follow this link to his page on our website: Surtierra Shadow

A limited number of black females that are pregnant to Surtierra Shadow will be released shortly so if you are interested please contact Tim on +44 (0)7875532827 or email timhey@incaalpaca.co.uk for more details.

Thank you, Tim and Tracey Hey

Surtierra Shadow

BAS National Champion – Inca Hallmark heads to Germany

Inca Hallmark 2015. Sire: Popham Thunder. Dam: Inca Enigma

Inca Hallmark – Solid Black Huacaya Male
Sire: Popham Thunder – SBLK
Dam: Inca Enigma – SBLK

As many of you reading this post will know, breeding an alpaca that accurately represents the goal of your breeding programme can take years and involve much trial and error. How many times have you looked at an alpaca in its second fleece and thought “well I wish it was a bit finer” or “if only he had a better head” etc?  Thankfully this is not something we encountered with Inca Hallmark.  Before Hallmark was born we had high hopes for something special as the previous year his dam, Inca Enigma, had produced one of our best females; Inca Gratitude. Many would have seen Gratitude at the shows when she was a junior in 2013  and again at the BAS National Show this year where she won champion black female huacaya.

Inca Hallmark 2015. Sire: Popham Thunder. Dam: Inca Enigma

Inca Hallmark’s second fleece

Shortly after Inca Hallmark won Champion Black Male at the BAS National Show in March, we had an inquiry from Steffen and Antje Messig from Alpakahof Schloesschen Messig who farm grey and black huacaya in the east of Germany near Chemnitz. They had been interested in our stock here at Inca Alpaca for some time but it wasn’t until they visited the Alpakashow-Sud Illshoven in Germany and met our friends Anja and Peter Winkelmolen from Alpaca Farm Tienda Molino in Holland that they decided to come over and take a look at what we had to offer.

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Antje and Steffen with Inca Hallmark

 

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Steffen and Tim with Inca Hallmark

Steffen and Antje visited with their daughter, her boyfriend and Peter and Anja, armed with an array of wonderful German gifts and great anticipation of their first meeting with Hallmark! Although Steffen and Antje had seen photos of Inca Hallmark and had been sent a fleece sample and all of his performance statistics, it was not the same as seeing the male in the flesh. At the very first opportunity Steffen had to see Inca Hallmark and it is fair to say that it was love at first sight. I have never seen someone fall in love with an alpaca so quickly and as a result I could not keep Steffen away from Hallmark. He was the one for them!

A couple of months after their visit we prepared Inca Hallmark and five grey and black females for export to Alpahof Schloesschen Messig to join their herd of 120 alpacas. The alpacas were thoroughly tested for disease including the priming and subsequent blood testing for TB using the new Enferplex Test offered by Surefarm Ltd. The group were transported by John Parker International and had a trouble free journey.

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Steffen unloads some of the females

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Steffen with his new boy Inca Hallmark

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Steffen and Inca Hallmark

Inca Hallmark started working before his second birthday and continued to do so throughout the breeding season in Germany, resulting in many confirmed pregnancies within Steffen & Antje’s herd.

All of us here at Inca Alpaca congratulate and thank Steffen and Antje for taking the time to travel to the UK to see our farm and to have the forethought to import from the UK. Steffen says that it was the quality of the stock here at Inca Alpaca, matched with the tight biosecurity, excellent herd health and whole herd TB testing via the Enferplex test that gave him and Antje the confidence to buy their next generation of breeding stock from us rather than import from Australia or the US. We also thanks Anja and Peter for their help and guidance in the process. We look forward to following Inca Hallmark and the females’ progress at Alpakahof Schloesschen Messig over the coming years and we wish them every success.

‘News just in’

Welt der Alpakas Buchloe Show 2015 – Germany

Inca Hallmark’s fleece wins 1st Place Intermediate Black Huacaya Fleece and Champion Black Huacaya Fleece

Inca Hallmark's Fleece wins 1st place and Champion

Inca Hallmark’s Fleece wins 1st place and Champion

Inca Gloucester heads off to new horizons in Italy

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Alpaca Quadrifoglio
located in Northern Italy near Milan, have recently taken possession of our working black huacaya stud male, Inca Gloucester. Pasquale from Alpaca Quadrifoglio came to see us here at Inca Alpaca back in the spring. His requirements for a new herd sire were the following:

1. Pedigree. The male needed to have a pedigree that was uniform in phenotype, have a great number of highly performing bloodlines and have as much black colour as possible.

2. The look of the male was important. Pasquale was looking for high fibre coverage and substance of bone. The male also needed to have great presence.

3. The fleece needed to have a high and even level of positive characteristics such as fineness, density, length and brightness.

4. Temperament was also important as ease of handling is essential for mobile mating and they wished the resulting progeny to be even tempered as well.

Alpaca Quadrifoglio are offering Inca Gloucester up for stud servicing in Italy in 2015. For prices and availability please click here

Tim, Tracey and the team at Inca Alpaca wish Pasquale and his family the best success with Inca Gloucester. We look forward to seeing the progeny he produces and the impact in the quality and consistency he has on their herd. 

Pedigree of Inca Gloucester

 

            IAR/58351 – ILR Snowmass Grey Legend (USA)(Aust.) [Rose Grey] Huacaya
ped1 IAR/62329 – Cedar House Amar (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/16161 – Karamar Kalimna (Aust.) [Rose Grey] Huacaya
ped1 UKBAS06932 – Daer Enahs Streslecki of Cambridge (Imp) (EPCBASUK1385) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped3 ped1 IAR/6055 – Kooringa Baileyana (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/59800 – Wyona Genevre (Aust.) [Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/7404 – Cedar Vale Charlotte (Aust.) [Black] Huacaya
Sire : UKBAS16071 – Popham Thunder (POPBASUK123) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped1 CAN.M – Canadian Male Huacaya
ped3 ped1 UKBCL15086 – Benjiro of Alpaca Stud (Imp) [Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped3 ped2 CAN.F – Canadian Female Huacaya
ped2 UKBAS07845 – Popham Ebony (POPBASUK56) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped1 UKARUBASP0058 – Shafts’ Dream of Arunvale (Imp) (ARUBASUKP0058) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped2 UKVBRBAS00007 – High PlainsTrading – Haylee (VBRBASUK00007) [Dark Brown] Huacaya
ped2 UKVBRBAS00004 – Arunvale Nutcracker (VBRBASUK00004) [Solid Dark Fawn] Huacaya
ped1 USA/R117888 – Peruvian Hemingway G171 (USA) [Solid White] Huacaya
ped1 IAR/58351 – ILR Snowmass Grey Legend (USA)(Aust.) [Rose Grey] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/1098 – Surprise Codi (Aust.) Huacaya
ped1 IAR/62329 – Cedar House Amar (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped3 ped1 IAR/2404 – Purrumbete Sir Titus Salt (Aust.) [Solid White] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/16161 – Karamar Kalimna (Aust.) [Rose Grey] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/2227 – Purrumbete Sea Charm (Aust.) [Solid White] Huacaya
Dam : UKBAS06160 – Inca Amethyst (INCBASUK67) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped1 IAR/10959 – Coonawarra Julius (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped1 IAR/30633 – Greenwood Lenny Dobell (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped3 ped2 IAR/10712 – Sylvandale Melantha (Aust.) [Black] Huacaya
ped2 UKBCL15027 – Decadence of Inca (Imp) (INCBASUK27) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped1 IAR/15168 – Kingston Park Paragon (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped2 IAR/30750 – Dion Park Deva (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped2 IAR/17666 – Dion Park Christy (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya

Husbandry Planner Update 2015

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We have been working with our vets to develop and refine the routine husbandry that we perform here at Inca Alpaca. As usual, we send this information to our alpaca friends so they have the option to use it as a guide for their discussions with their own vet.

This planner is designed for the Inca herd and the Amberley Farm soil, weather and stocking conditions. Each herd should develop their strategy based on their own situation.

To view our revised planner please click here

 

Sad but exciting times.

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For the last six weeks we have been preparing a select group of alpacas for export to our friends at Alpakka Bromma and Alpaca Sigdal in Norway. The alpacas were put through a number of pre-export tests including the new ENFERplex blood test for TB which was primed before hand. Please visit Sure Farm website for details of this new test. After getting the all clear from the vet we finally had to face up to the fact that we were going to have to say goodbye to our very special boy Inca Flagship along with a bunch of our females.

Inca Flagship 2014 - Sire: Lillyfield Jack of Spades of Inca, Dam: Inca Anais

Inca Flagship 2014 – Sire: Lillyfield Jack of Spades of Inca, Dam: Inca Anais

The story of Inca Flagship’s departure began back in March 2013, when, after winning Champion Black Male, he caught the eye of the Norwegian contingent that were visiting the British Alpaca Futurity. Inca Flagship continued to mature into a real macho that displays the finer qualities of our breed type here at Inca Alpaca. Luckily, like his father Lillyfield Jack of Spades of Inca he began mating at 19 months of age. We look forward to welcoming a second cohort of cria from Inca Flagship in 2015.

Inca Flagship ready for loading onto the LOC Transport lorry

Inca Flagship ready for loading onto the LOC Transport lorry

Joining Inca Flagship were 6 pregnant females and the well known 2014 BAS National Supreme Champion, Houghton Damian.

Houghton Damian, BAS National Show Supreme Champion 2014

Houghton Damian, BAS National Show Supreme Champion 2014

As a breeder of black alpacas for over twenty years I, and many of you out there, know how hard it is to breed a black that carries all of the positive fleece and conformation traits evenly and at a high level. When I look at Inca Flagship I see many years of planning that occurred to produce him. Every bone in my body has been telling me not to part with him but when I think of the home he is going to and the influence he can have it makes Tracey and I very proud.

Here are a few cheeky snaps I took of Inca Flagship with Houghton Damian in the lorry and Inca Flagship’s fourth fleece.

Inca Flagship and Houghton Damian loaded and ready to go.

Inca Flagship and Houghton Damian loaded and ready to go.

Inca Flagship's fifth fleece at the time of loading.

Inca Flagship’s fourth fleece at the time of loading.

Here is a journey plan for their trip. A big thank you to LOC Transport for taking great care in transporting the alpacas.

Route for delivery to Norway

Route for delivery to Norway

It is with a heavy heart that we let Inca Flagship go and he will be greatly missed. We are excited for his new owners and wish them every success. And of course we still have our star, Inca Flagship’s sire, Lillyfield Jack of Spades of Inca. who will continue to stamp his mark here in the UK.

Inca Grand Design lands a new pad

We are very pleased for Hazel and Derek of Hensting Alpacas in Hampshire on acquiring our premier young black herd sire Inca Grand Design. As the name suggests, Inca Grand Design has been years in the making as one layer after another was carefully planned and then added to a pedigree to produce a male with genetic uniformity and high potency.

Hensting Alpacas are in the process of expanding their herd and as a result they wanted a male to join their stud stable that would offer genetic uniformity. It is hoped that Inca Grand Design will create a level of predictability and symmetry in the cria being produced from females in the herd that currently differ in phenotype.

For more information about Inca Grand Design please contact Derek at Hensting Alpacas.

Inca Grand Design’s Pedigree:

ped1 IAR/58351 – ILR Snowmass Grey Legend (USA)(Aust.) [Rose Grey] Huacaya
ped1 IAR/62329 – Cedar House Amar (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/16161 – Karamar Kalimna (Aust.) [Rose Grey] Huacaya
ped1 UKBAS06932 – Daer Enahs Streslecki of Cambridge (Imp) (EPCBASUK1385) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped3 ped1 IAR/6055 – Kooringa Baileyana (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/59800 – Wyona Genevre (Aust.) [Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/7404 – Cedar Vale Charlotte (Aust.) [Black] Huacaya
Sire : UKBAS16071 – Popham Thunder (POPBASUK123) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped1 CAN.M – Canadian Male Huacaya
ped3 ped1 UKBCL15086 – Benjiro of Alpaca Stud (Imp) [Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped3 ped2 CAN.F – Canadian Female Huacaya
ped2 UKBAS07845 – Popham Ebony (POPBASUK56) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped1 UKARUBASP0058 – Shafts’ Dream of Arunvale (Imp) (ARUBASUKP0058) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped2 UKVBRBAS00007 – High PlainsTrading – Haylee (VBRBASUK00007) [Dark Brown] Huacaya
ped2 UKVBRBAS00004 – Arunvale Nutcracker (VBRBASUK00004) [Solid Dark Fawn] Huacaya
ped1 IAR/21888 – Benleigh Ringleader (Aust.) [Solid White] Huacaya
ped1 IAR/38765 – Blue Grass Bollinger (Aust.) [Light Fawn] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/2488 – Purrumbete Vanilla (Aust.) [Light Fawn] Huacaya
ped1 UKBAS08468 – Lillyfield Jack of Spades of Inca (Imp) (INCBASUK150) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped3 ped1 IAR/22072 – Blue Grass Khan (Aust.) [Solid Light Fawn] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/44694 – Lilyfield Matilda (Aust.) [Solid Mid Fawn] Huacaya
ped3 ped2 IAR/38756 – Blue Grass Pretty Phoebe (Aust.) [Solid Mid Fawn] Huacaya
Dam : UKBAS15367 – Inca Essenza (INCBASUK264) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped1 UKATABASM0092 – Salta of Atlantic (Import) (ATABASUKM0092) [Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped1 UKBAS04308 – ATA Cambridge Centurion (ATABASUK01059) [Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped3 ped2 UKATABAS00237 – AA237 of Atlantic (Import) (ATABASUK00237) [Black] Huacaya
ped2 UKBAS07496 – Inca Bellisimo (INCBASUK108) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped3 ped1 IAR/30633 – Greenwood Lenny Dobell (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped2 UKBCL15026 – Rhanee of Inca (Imp) (INCBASUK26) [Solid Black] Huacaya
ped2 IAR/37350 – Jannarie Ruby Tuesday (Aust.) [Solid Black] Huacaya

 

Inca Grand Design - 2014

Inca Grand Design – 2014

Inca Grand Design Fleece 2014

Inca Grand Design’s Fleece in 2014

 

 

Dorchester Show

The sun shone on us at the 2014 Dorset County Show at Dorchester this weekend. The weather was just glorious and the crowds turned out in their droves setting a new two day record at 66,000 visitors.

Once again we (Alpaca Pals and Inca Alpaca) had a trade stand booked along with our good friends Jenny and Roger Randall of The Alpaca Wardrobe. The Dorset County show is great for us as it’s only 15 minutes drive away. We set our trade stands up on Friday afternoon and then brought two females and their crias down on Saturday morning.

I have been attending shows for over twenty years now and the attention and the high level of interest that alpacas receive from the general public never ceases to amaze me. People were two deep at times around the alpaca pen all day long and we handed out hundreds of promotional flyers. What was surprising was the level of knowledge the public had about alpacas. I remember the Burnie show in Tasmania back in 1996 when we took some alpacas to promote the alpaca industry. There was this ‘father’ telling his son that alpacas were a cross between a dog and a calf!!! Can you believe it? Over the years people have become more knowledgeable about alpacas and their fleece and I have noticed less and less people calling them llamas. We all must be doing something positive to change the mindset and educate the common person on the street which is great. Our females – Inca Euphoria and Bettina and their black crias stole the show and behaved perfectly the whole weekend.

Not only did we have loads of interest in local residents wanting to own and breed alpacas but we, along with Alpaca Wardrobe, won second place in the trade stand competition. Hooray!

Anyway, I do not confess to be a writer at all so I will finish. Before I do I would like to thank Jenny and Roger for their company and support over the weekend and say thank you to those people who took the time to talk to us about alpacas and alpaca related crafts.

Here are some photos of our stands and alpacas at the show: