Thursday 14 April 2011

Supreme Champions

Hi All

Well we have just been reading Rob's blog at Wellground and what a fantastic bit of news we read.

Our Stud here at WillowBank, Wellground Relentless is really proving to be something, not only is his father a Supreme Champion EP Cambridge Samson but his brother has also just been awarded Supreme Champion.

We will not be taking any of our alpacas to halter shows this year, to reduce the risk of infections being passed on from any other alpacas. We will be attending fleece shows with our fleeces so lets see how we got with them.

Relentless will be available for stud services this year, we will publish more about his services later.

Our Boy "Relentless"

Well that's all for now back soon.

Tuesday 12 April 2011

Wellground Tchaikovsky

Hi folks,

Well what a difference 24hrs can make, well maybe more than 24hrs as myself and Lisa had been discussing for awhile now that we wanted to try and get ourselves another top herd sire here at WillowBank.

We currently have Wellground Relentless as our herd sire, who we are just starting to introduce to his girls, as he is now becoming of age. Relentless will be staying here at WillowBank as we have no intention of selling him in the near future but to enable us to have different quality genetics within our breeding program, it was decided that another herd sire would be the obvious answer.

So it was time to talk to our good old friends Rob & Les at Wellground, as we and I'm sure you are all aware have some excellent quality males for sale. Now we knew we had got to move fast as the fantastic prices they are offering wouldn't take long before they all became sold, luckily for us the one we had got our eye on, was still available and after some talking about his bloodlines and fleece quality, it was an easy decision to make.

We are now going to be proud owners of Wellground Tchaikovsky who as a solid medium fawn with Silverstream Czar, Peruvian Hemingway, Jolimont Commisario and Jolimont Conquistador within his pedigree we believe we should be looking out for some amazing cria's coming through in 2013. I have just noticed as I write this that Wellground Tchaikovsky is actually born on my birth day last year, so it must be fate that he comes to us.

Onto other slightly less exciting things, we have only got two more sheep to lamb, then that's lambing over for this year. It will be then time to clean out the barn and disinfected after the sheep have been. We are due to start birthing alpacas again in May but knowing alpacas as we now getting to realise, it could be anytime!!

We had post today saying that Lily has been allocated a place at our village primary school and that her time to start is the 1st September, that's only just over 4 months away.

Both myself and Lisa can't believe our little girl is growing up so fast and now the letter talks about buying school uniform, she our precious little girl going to school.....I could almost shed a tear......Well that's enough of the emotional stuff where is Top Gear on the TV for some man stuff........only joking at least she will soon be old enough so we can start changing her rent.....only joking she is moving out at 16......seriously only joking we love her to bits and will cherish every moment of her life growing up into a young lady.

Well that's all for tonight, I need a tissue for my eyes as I can't see the keys on the keyboard anymore.

Sunday 10 April 2011

Enjoying The Sunshine

Hi Folks,

Well we think we have managed to fix the computer, it seems to be running well with no shutting down issues, although I don't want to say that to loud!!

It has been a fantastic last few days with the weather and I hope this is the sign of things to come. Lily has been out playing with the hose pipe cooling off the dogs, well I say dogs, Jack the Elk hound went and hid under the caravan, Otto the German Shepard kept her distance which left Molly the Border Collie who is mad for the hose pipe, to take all the glory of getting wet. Molly goes absolutely mad for the hose.......

Well that tired out those two for a short while a certainly cooled Molly down. Our two new cria's of this year are really growing up well and are starting to cause havoc in the paddock. I still find it amazing how you can just watch the cria's all day long as they get themselves into mischief, as I sit here and type this blog they keep running past the window skipping around.

The above picture is of WillowBank Farley he was sired by Wellground Killawasi's Keepsake and is a beautiful light fawn, we real have fallen in love with this little fella. The picture below is again Farley with his mate WillowBank Barley who is also sired by Wellground Killawasi's Keepsake, the two may look Innocent but the other alpacas say they are trouble!!

Whilst I was in the paddocks taking the photos, I sat on the ground enjoying the curiosity of the alpacas as they wondered what I was doing, they came close to have a sniff and a nibble then stood tall to look around. I took the next picture, I like it as there is something about the picture, I think it's something to do with the clear sky behind her head and the angle it was taken from. Maybe it's just me, but I like it anyway......

This is Wellground Cyan, she is absolutely fantastic with an amazing fleece, understandably as she is the daughter of Cambridge Buckingham. We are very keen to see what she produces this year as she has been mated to Eringa Park Lionheart ET, another fantastic stud from Wellground Alpacas.

Well that's all for now back soon.

Thursday 7 April 2011

We Have Got Computer Problems!!

Just a quick one as we have serious computer problems.....For some reason our computer keeps turning itself off and then wont restart. Very strange and very annoying. We are trying to get it fixed, so apologies for no blogs. This blog has taken several attempts to get to this stage. Enjoy the weather all, we will be back soon.