We move on to one of our 'Foundation Herd' members (Oooh doesn't it sound grand!), Bannock.
Bannock is, in words of three syllabylls, a Superstar. She is not, however, a 'looker'.
Bannock's strength and attraction lies in her ability to produce very nice cria and be completely unbothered (is that a word?) by most things.
She arrived here in the Magic Mighty Kingdom of Patou in February 2006, having been purchased from a man who has made himself 'Top Banana' in the world of black alpacas, um, Tom Bly, no, oooohh it's on the tip of my tongue Bob Fry....no, Tim Bly......no, ooh wait it's coming....Tim Hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sorry mate, got carried away with myself)
Anyway, Bannock was pregnant to the legendary Shaft's Dream when she arrived and later that year she produced.... imagine now, if you will, an extremely loud and impressive fanfare....... the majestic Lily! My favourite alpaca in the whole wide world!
Unfortunately in this wonderful world of alpacas sometimes you have to sell an alpaca that you don't really want to sell to make sure that the herd will continue to develop. This was the case with Lola. She was a favourite, she is lovely but the business needed some income and no matter how hard we looked and debated, Lola was the one who had to go. It still upsets me now if I allow myself to think about it but I know deep down that the sale of Lola was for the greater good of the Mighty Patou. She is missed here but we know she has gone to a good home. hopefully we will see her again one day.