Friday, 11 April 2014

Shows over and lambing begins

I've been meaning to blog since the NWAG show last weekend but it just hasn't happened, lambing is happening though!

Firstly the show, we took 5 alpacas and came home with 5 second place rosettes so all in all a good day; very consistent.  I was disappointed with one but very surprised by two so that's got to be good.

First up was our intermediate grey female Strawberry, unfortunately we don't seem to have a photo of her, but she came second and received glowing praise from the judge Cathy Lloyd.  Next up was a new girl to the show team, Wonder, intermediate black female.  She too got  some great comments from Cathy saying she caught her eye as soon as she entered the ring.  She came second, we are really looking forward to putting Sunburst over her next month!

Third up was Ankha, I nearly didn't post this photo I hate it,  but love Ankha so did, but I need to go on a diet! 2nd Intermediate brown female.

Next up was Intermediate fawn male Pablo, one of my mums favorite so she took him in the ring.  He was still very damp and looks rather scruffy, not at all at his best.  So we really were pleased with his second place, he is very fine and has a lovely fleece mind; and super friendly just like his dad Guinea!

Our final entry was Elfrida in the junior light female, we didn't hold out much hope for Elfrida who in the week or two before the show seemed to do a great job of trashing her fleece what with rolling and being used a mating practice for Jumping Jack and Stargazer!  However Cathy loved her fleece and her presence in the ring and she was awarded second. 

Thankfully the sheep behaved in our absence and lambing began bang on schedule on Monday with the first blackie birthing mid morning.

Since then there has been a steady stream of blackie lambs, mainly single boys as usual!  But yesterday, again bang on time Ebony one of our lowlands gave birth to the first texel lambs and for once she has had twin girls.  She's only ever had single boys before so this is a great start from our new texel tup Belson.


Unknown said...

Thanks Debbies mum for standing in front of my banner for the photo!

Well cant get more consistent than that!

I thought that the amount of feedback that Cathy gave was great too.

Rosemary said...

That is a lovely photo of you - well done!

Gorgeous Blackie (I call them Scotties and my Black Welsh Mountains Blackies!) Hope lambing continues to go well.

Shirley said...

Well done on the show placings. Hope your lambing all goes well. Shirley & Robbie