Friday, 24 April 2009

My vision

Hello folks, sorry for the lack of blogging over the past few days.
Once again I am laying the blame on the day job. Jeepers Creepers it gets in the way!
Today I was in a meeting all day discussing stuff and as I was not required by law to be an active participant I kind of glazed over, looked out the window (well stared at the blinds where the window was, actually) and started thinking about alpacas. In particular I was thinking about my vision for the future of the mighty Patou.

My mate and mentor, his horribleness..........I mean honourableness Timbo of Inca has been a great source of alpaca knowledge to us over the past three years or so and I listen to every word he says, well perhaps not every word, he is Australian after all. Suffice it to say that I listen to most of what he says for he is a wise man, a very wise man.

However, I remember in particular, whilst metaphorically sitting at the masters feet, listening to his vision for the future of the Inca herd. It was all very interesting and I have been thinking about his vision for a while. I thought it was about time I put my vision for the future for the mighty Patou out there for all to see.

I see a herd of black, brown and fawn alpacas. The colours, for me are easy but the look of the alpacas themselves took a little more thought. A lot of thought actually but I have now settled on the 'look' I would like our herd to have. The 'look' of the herd is based on five alpacas.
First up is the magnificent Poppy who has won three rosettes for us. She is the most gorgeous brown girl with a black face. She is, in my opinion a beautiful alpaca. Her sire is the legend that is ATA Cambridge Centurion, her mother is our spit fountain Bobby, a Mateus girl.

Second up is Amelie, daughter of our beloved Lily (Shafts Dream) and another Centurion daughter. 'Millie' is so neat and compact and has the most beautiful coloured fleece. She took two rosettes for us this year and we really are looking forward to seeing her progeny when it comes.
Thirdly I just love the look of our fawn girl Patou Fifi. Fifi is the friendliest alpaca in the herd and is quite content to stand there eating whilst you rummage through her soft dense fleece. She has the most amazing coverage and is a serial 'nose nuzzler'. Fifi is a Wiracocha's Dream girl and we also own her mother Dee who is a real favourite.

Lastly to the two boys who I really love to look at. Two herdsires that will hopefully play a big part in shaping the look of the Patou herd. Our own Cambridge Columbus, a superb looking animal with conformation that I can't fault. A beautiful head, a heavy frame and great balance, he is a cracker.

And last but by no means least, the big boy himself, Lillyfield Jack of Spades of Inca. Jack is the only animal of the five not owned by us. He is owned by Tim hey at Inca Alpaca but we are so impressed with him that he will figure largely in our breeding programme over the next couple of years. An absolutely magnificent looking animal. Big, strong, proud and just great to look at from any angle.

So there you have it, my vision of how I would like the mighty Patou herd to look.

And before you all start, NO COPYING!.


Perry Wheeler said...

Your vision looks about spot on to me. I was reading an article yesterday about the importance of natural fleece colours in the next few years. Our (Prados & Patou) herd colours will be well developed by then. The only thing I was say to Perry is the reduction in the colour pallet down to 6 colours from the current 12 used over here, may be difficult.
I have noticed here as well that some of the big breeders are also beginning to show more colours now and not just white.

Sarah and Perry

Knapper Alpakka said...

I like the natural colours angle. We've aimed for the same thing from the start. Why colour something that already has a great colour? And people coming to see alpacas are always drawn to the coloured.

I especially like your brown girl with black face and your black stud. I hope you succeed!

Sarah and Perry: Is this article available somewhere online?

Mark said...

Thanks guys, I ought to point out that Jack of Spades is not ours but is owned by Tim Hey at Inca Alpacas. Sorry if here was some confusion.

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

I like your vision...for the future of the Mighty Patou !!

My myself ! is much full colour !.......

P.S. ...I promise I won't copy !!.... Jayne

Perry Wheeler said...

Ralph the article is called Beyond doom by Steve Pate and is in the current addition of World of Alpacas directory. It claims to be published worldwide.

One of the main points with colours is to get your blacks right. It has to be the blue black and not the black that tips to brown. We have a black girl that does this and has won ribbons in black classes in fleece as well as the show ring but with the toughening of the colours we can no longer show her or her fleece as she is now not classed as black. Having had her fleece spun up for yarn I have to say I agree with this decision. If I look at her yarn and some I have from another of our girls you can see the difference and for a viable fleece industry using black fleece the colour must become standardised.