Sunday 22 August 2010

To mate or not to mate?

As I mentioned yesterday we had a couple of matings to do today, Ursula and Geena were both keen to see the boys and dropped at their feet. The other two girls that needed 'spitting off' both ran a mile from the boys which is good.

I received an email from Angelus's new owner today to say that she had delivered her cria which is great news. Paul & I had only been saying over a cup of tea on the bench she shouldn't be long. I will ask permission to share the photo with you tomorrow.

Now for the quandary, do we or don't we mate Palm-Olive now or wait until the Spring. She has now decided that she would quite like to be mated and has become a bit of a flirt, which as you can imagine Golden Guinea is lapping up.

Palm-Olive is a 16 months old, well grown girl. Generally we don't mate our young girls until they are at least 18 months, although they are all considered individually so there have been a couple of exceptions to this unwritten rule.

Palm-Olive is from Accoyo Remarque, so as you can imagine has a very nice fleece. So the next question, if we decide to mate her, who do we use? Legend of Spartacus, our Supreme Champ who has Peruvian Spartacus and Jolimont Commisario in his pedigree or Gianmarco's Masterpiece who is from Jolimont Gianmarco with Jolimont Sculptor and Jolimont Encantador as Grand sires.

Both boys have produced us some stunning cria this year ..................... decisions, decisions. Palm-Olive is actually one of only two remain girls we have for sale. It is likely that these girls will be the only ones we have for sale for the foreseeable future.


Rosemary said...

Difficult decision!
I'll be looking forward to hearing what you decide.

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

I will sit on the fence...and see what you decide ! ;-)....Jayne