Tips for Selecting the Best Alpacas!

If you are considering starting to breed alpacas or improve an existing herd, I would recommend purchasing the book, The Art & Science of Alpaca Judging before you make your first/next alpaca purchase. If you follow my recommendation, you will not be sorry! The book will assist you in making accurate assessments and sound decisions when selecting alpacas to purchase. This book is 197 pages of invaluable information with over 300 photographs and illustrations.

The book was begun when I was serving for 3 ½ years on the Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association (AOBA) Judge Training and Certification Committee. The book was written by four of the highest respected Sr. and Certified Judges in AOBA over a five year period. I am excited about this book because it compiles the knowledge of our industry experts and provides information to not only those who are aspiring to be alpaca judges but also to the masses.

According to AOBA “This incredible book (released in the fall of 2011) explains the intricate components involved in halter and fleece judging in a manner that every alpaca breeder and enthusiast will understand and find beneficial. It embraces the true essence of what every breeder should know in order to show alpacas or fleeces, or to acquire information necessary to improve their herd. The book is truly the first of its kind in the global alpaca community.”

You may purchase the book. I am available to answer any questions you have and also enjoy mentoring those who want to raise alpacas.

Call me today! I’d love to have you come and visit our farm and see how we have applied the principles in this book to the development of quality alpacas. I have a copy of the above book for you to be able to review.

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Featured Alpaca

Columbia Mist El Nino's Elberto

4x Champ Top 1% SD EPD 3/4 Accoyo

El Nino's Elberto is a pre-potent elite alpaca who has it all - outstanding confirmation, presence and dense fiber with elite fiber. He has maintained a stunning histogram though his 5th shearing!

is grandsires are PPeruvian Caligula and PCA Peruvian Microsoft with his great-grand sire being PPeruvian Camilio. His Sire, PCA El Nino, before his passing, commanded a $18,000 service fee at auction. El Nino had a remarkable Secondary/ Primary fiber ratio of 12.5 and a Follicular Density of 89.2 follicles per square millimeter of skin.

We believe that Elberto is one the the highest quality offspring of El Nino. He has won a ribbon in every show that he has entered! Elberto has sired outstanding crias begining in the summer of 07. Since then he has put his stamp on the majority of his 32 offspring who have won numerous ribbons at the largest AOBA shows and top EPDs. We have one working studand six foundation females in our herd that are his offsping. Reserve your breedings today as his current breeding fee is a bargain considering his quality! Take your breeding program to a new level!

A 2019 fleece sort revealed 88 oz of WL 2 & 3 in his blanket and 41 oz of WL 1 & 2 in his neck ( nice neck density). His brightness is 9 out of 10 from cut end to tip, 9 out of 10 for density, 9 out of 10 for consistent uniformity of crimp from cut end to tip, medium amplitude and frequency crimp of 5-7 per inch. Excellent fleece weights include 42 oz on lower legs. Staple length 3.5 to 4.0 inches. Sorter commented "beautiful secondary/primary fiber alignment and nice fleece weight."

Whether you are interested in purchasing high quality alpacas for breeding, show, fiber or selecting a herd sire to breed to, you should use Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) as an additional selection tool to make a wise decision. You can increase the probability of creating ideal offspring with up to 95% accuracy. Contact us to learn more about using EPDs. We have been using them to improve our herd since 08'. See Elberto's most current EPDs in fiber analysis.