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A post earthquake update from Awatere Alpacas

Updates from Awatere Alpacas...

Earthquakes and effects (on the alpacas and the breeders)

We lost about seven babies due to the earthquakes. The September 4th earthquake was very big, it was hard to gauge the reaction of the alpacas as it was 4.34am and very dark – but we did peer over the fence and there was no great sign of panic.

Awatere Alpacas

The February earthquake occured in the middle of the day. Phil was in the paddock with the alpacas when it struck, he watched the girls all rush into the middle of the paddock together with the babies suckling madly. The paddock was rippling wildly and the house was jumping!!

One of our girls had a still born baby three days after the February earthquake. She did not even look at the baby after she was born, just walked away and never looked back. Most unusual. We believe the baby had been dead for a couple of days and she knew it and had processed that information already.

We had six females who had confirmed as pregnant last spring but had lost them by the time it came to birth in autumn. We think it was most likely a result of the first large earthquake in September (spring).

With the thousands of subsequent aftershocks they did not even look up from grazing – we took that as our barometer – if the alpacas were not worried – why would we be – bless them.

Cria

Our cria from the recent birthing season are wonderful. Silverstream Forerunner was our main herd sire and his offspring are drop dead gorgeous. Density, lustre, crimp style, fineness, conformation – they are ticking all the boxes. We are really looking forward to the next show season – which is rapidly approaching.

Awatere Alpacas

All the cria are really healthy and fit which is one of the biggest and most important goals of our farm. It is still a delight after all these years to watch them run around the paddock at dusk.

Forerunner is now for sale in England at Anzac Alpacas at Buckinghamshire – with hindsight we wonder if we should have kept him here for another season. His genetic contribution will be hard to replace. He recently won a reserve championship senior white male at the UK Spring show.

South Island Field days

A three day show, the largest in the South Island. A lot of genuine interest in the alpacas, and a great attendance. We took a site with a group of local breeders and we were all very happy with the outcome. It is a biennial event and we are already planning the next one and what we will do differently.

Alpaca Fibre

We have been busy replenishing our stocks of dyed alpaca fibre lately.

We have been experimenting with different colour combinations and are really pleased with the results.

The possibilities are endless. We have 200 gram hanks of 100% alpaca available in 4ply, 8 ply or boucle (10 ply) in either natural or dyed.

Contact us for further information.

Shows

We have a Colourbration show in September and then the Ellesmere show which we are the convenors for. Ellesmere usually anticipates 180-190 breed entries so it is a reasonable sized show. It is a really pleasant relaxed show and a nice day out. It is a good chance to catch up with some of the breeders we haven’t seen much of over the winter period.

Our juniors did well at the shows last year – pictured is Awatere Ginger Kiss – she picked up a ribbon at every show she was entered in.

Conference

We are heavily involved with organising the national conference this year. It has had some huge challenges but we are really happy now with the calibre of the speakers and their enthusiasm for the topics – and the topics in general. Marketing the fibre industry, the alpaca industry in total are just some of the topics.

We think we may well have more questions than we started with before the conference, but that means we will have been stimulated and goaded into moving forward in a united and very positive fashion!

For any queries do not hesitate to contact us.

We hope you and your families are well, Until next time,

Robyn and Philip.