As I write this, James in Spokane, picking up a new alpaca male to lead our farm to the new generation of fabulous fiber. It is an interesting business, where we pay out A LOT of money for a male that we have only seen in photos. We've gathered the information, the fleece samples, the show records, but there is always something exciting in the anticipation until you actually get him on your farm.
This particular male in named Argus, coming from a large ranch in Washington with a basket full of ribbons and accolades from his showing days. His parents, too, tout lists of ribbons and bountiful fiber of glorious pinkish greys. What I like to see are the babies. Can this guy actually pass on the genetics repeatedly? All of us can hit a home run every once in a blue moon. I want this one to bat a 1000. Which, according to his cria list, he has come pretty close to that. Of course, the dam plays a large part in this too. She needs the background to be able to push the genetics we are looking for, and I feel our dams are up to the task.
So, we will welcome Argus to our home tonight and see if he is ready to take the lead as our next big Hoo-Haw on the farm.