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North American Alpaca Show results

The North American show has come and gone, and we’re ecstatic with our results! Although we would have really loved larger classes, and more competition, the cria showed well against their peers and we were very happy with what Judge Peter Kennedy had to say about them. Payday’s cria in particular did very well, and their luster is outstanding – as is their uniformity.

Beginning with the ladies first, our little Miss Pickle, as Pica is generally known, placed third in a class of five on the strength of her luster. The white boys also did well, with Silima taking first in the class, with Minno a very close second. The judge had a difficult time deciding, but placed Silly in first due to his strength of bone. Both boys were praised for their excellent luster, uniformity and fineness. Vírin, who is being treated for hypothyroidism (very common in alpacas), rounded out the ribbons with a fourth.

In the combined dark juvenile males, poor Mori was the only black in the class, and ended up placing fourth behind three browns. His herdmate Kemen took second place, but it was little Cali, our youngest cria, that really surprised us by taking first place in the class. The judge noted that he was the finest overall, with excellent luster, uniformity, density and growth for his age.

Cali and Kemen then competed in the only championship class offered in the suris at NAAS, and Cali came out on top, despite his tender age! Kemen was a strong contender for reserve, but lost out to a yearling. Cali is the second of Storm Girl’s cria to win a banner for us, which is wonderful. It’s also encouraging to see how well Payday’s cria have done, and how their luster really is striking. Payday himself took second place in the Get of Sire class, behind a Snowmass male.

They’re growing…

January 27th, 2011 • By: jilladmin Uncategorized

It’s hard to believe just how big all of the past year’s cria have gotten – and that the first shows are just around the corner! Here’s a look at how everyone is growing…

Kemen at almost 8 months old

Vírin at almost 8 months old (and yes, he's always grumpy)

Minno, tall and lanky

Silly at 7 months old

Pica, better known as Pickle

Mori at five months old

Last but not least, Cali

Everyone is growing well and healthy. The four oldest boys and Pickle are weaned, and Mori and Cali will start day weaning in about three weeks. Everyone wears a halter well, and the four oldest boys have started with lead training. Kemen will do anything you like, Minno is pretty agreeable and Vírin reluctantly follows – Silly still digs his heels in and refuses to participate. We’ll keep working on him…

Booty for a Cause

January 26th, 2011 • By: jilladmin Uncategorized

Many of you may be familiar with the ongoing rescue of over 600 llamas from a failed “sanctuary” in Montana. Although many of the llamas have been removed from Montana to places where they can be fed, doctored and ultimately rehomed, several hundred remain in Montana until funds can be raised for their removal. All of the organizations that have stepped up to rescue and rehome these llamas are also in desperate need of monies for their care.

The alpaca community has rallied to help our llama cousins in several ways. One of these is the Booty for a Cause website, where alpaca and llama owners are donating the proceeds from herdsire services. Bag End has included a breeding to WRSR Peruvian Payday in the donation. The first person to contact us will pay only $500 for a breeding to this 3/4 Accoyo, full Peruvian male by February 14, and we will donate the entire $500 to the llama rescue efforts.


Payday is a well conformed male and full brother to well known studs WRSR Navajo Gold and WRSR Razor (both have stud fees of over $3,000). His first cria have an abundance of tightly twisted locks and are dripping with luster. Do something good for your herd and have the satisfaction of helping to save the lives of some llamas, as well.

If you’re not in need of breedings, but are interested in a little luxury for yourself, you can also check out the Llama Love Auction, where a little bit of everything has been donated in support of the rescue efforts. Bid on weekend getaways, web design services or super soft alpaca yarn. Treat yourself and do a good deed at the same time!

Maine Ag Trades Show in Augusta – January 11-13

January 4th, 2011 • By: jilladmin Uncategorized

Once again, the Maine Alpaca Association will have an information booth at the Maine Ag Trades Show in the Augusta Civic Center from January 11 through January 13. Members will be on hand to answer all your alpaca questions, show samples of alpaca product and provide membership information. In addition, MAA is sponsoring a series of educational seminars throughout the day on January 13. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from local alpaca experts (including me!) on a variety of topics – all free!

Tentative schedule:

9:00 Big Money on Small Acreage – Profiting with Alpacas (Terry Callery, Village Farm)

10:00 Meningeal Worm (Jill McElderry-Maxwell, Bag End Suri Alpacas)

11:00 What To Do with All That Fiber (Pam Harwood, Longwoods Alpacas)

12:00 Camelidynamics – Handling and Training Alpacas & Llamas (Jeanine Anderson, Gaze Acres)

1:00 Maine Economic Development Program – Locally Made Socks (Claudia Raessler, Suripaco)

Payday is producing color – introducing Tar-Calion

August 22nd, 2010 • By: jilladmin Accoyo Bloodlines, Brown, Full Peruvian, Males

Stormy had her Payday cria on the 20th, a gorgeous, high luster medium brown boy. We are so, so pleased with what Payday has done this year – every cria has had great luster, lock and bone, and Tar-Calion (the last king of Númenor, who was corrupted by Sauron) is no exception. We think Payday was an exceptional purchase for us, and are looking forward to being able to offer boarding services to breeding clients beginning in the spring of 2011.

Cali has stunning luster and is a gorgeous medium brown with black points and gold highlights – quite a beautiful combination. He came in at 19.5 pounds and the delivery was uncomplicated, with baby up and going very quickly. He’s currently running around like a maniac learning how to use his legs and driving his mother crazy. We can’t wait to show him in the ring next spring.

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