I am very pleased. Why?
I mentioned in my last blog that our handsome brown stud male Cambridge Columbus, or Clump, as he is affectionately known here in Patouland, was going on his very first mobile mating last weekend. It wasn't far, only 5 minutes up the road to Tisbury Alpacas where the lovely Connie waited impatiently.
Connie is the mother of Patou Polly, a lovely medium fawn cria (sire ATA Cambridge Centurion) born a couple of weeks ago from our 'rent a womb' scheme. Connie is a lovely medium brown and Columbus just seemed right for her.
So anyway off we went, me with positive thoughts coursing through my veins and Clump with ..................well lets just say I was hoping he was going to do what he was supposed to do.
On arrival I was met by our good friend Liz who had Connie all penned up ready. I led Clump into the pen and stepped back. He sniffed Connie under the tail, burbled a tiny little orgle that I could only just hear and Connie, bless her, hit the deck with a resounding thud!
Clump then rolled up his sleeves, took a large swig of malt and ...................... well he did what he was supposed to do! Thirty minutes later he looked at me as if to say 'Have you got the ciggies?' and it was all over. Fantastic! Our boy has finally got the hang of this mating malarkey!
So why am I read for a fight?
Well I have just received the latest South West Alpaca Group (SWAG) newsletter. I have an article published in it this quarter which is nice, all about positive thinking and getting off your backside to make things happen, it was published here first (naturally). I hope it helps someone somewhere.
What has fired me up was an article about our (SWAG) Spring show next year. Apparently the 'proposal' is that there will be two rings being judged, one for small breeders (number of alpacas to be decided) and one for the big breeders (bless them, a ring all to themselves). Then the winners will be judged again against each other or something. Sorry but by then I was talking to Sue and she was as incensed as me and we said almost in unison "Well stuff them we won't go".
And that people is how we feel. We just won't go. We'll go for a nice pub lunch instead.
If there are to be two rings, in effect one qualifying ring for the poor little small breeders, the organisers can stuff it. We just will not go. That will not make any difference to the show of course which will still go ahead, and I hope it is well attended and I hope people enjoy themselves. It is about principle. Sue came up with two words whilst we were discussing the article which I wrote down immediately; pompous and defeatist.
If we can't compete on a level playing field (I know I have bashed on about this before but it is worth banging on about!) then there is no point competing. Having a two-tiered judging system is wrong. It is defeatist, it is pompous, it is whingey. It is just about what sums up the way this country is heading.....it is pathetic! It is time for someone to stop pandering to the bloody whingers and whiners and just get on with things. I understand that this has probably been brought about because some small breeder somewhere has said 'It's not fair, we never win anything', well sorry sunshine you just have to keep trying. It's not easy to win rosettes, that's what makes winning them so special! If you and your kind have their way we will end up giving rosettes to everyone so that we have no losers, everyone is a winner! They tried that in the schools system recently and look where that got us, a nation of children with no competitive instinct!
COME ON PEOPLE LET'S RISE UP AND FIGHT FOR COMPETITION!!!!!!!!!!!!
This has been a Mark Steele production for 'Lets make Britain great again'