Once again it has been a long time since the last blog but we haven't been sitting back doing nothing. A few weeks ago we attended The Game Fair which was a two day event and almost sold out of our knitwear so the needles and yarn are out every night trying to build up stock for the next show we are to attend in a few weeks time.
Si had a trip 'Oop North' over the weekend delivering two of our young boys. This sale had been on the cards for quite a long time and they have gone to live on a farm with other animals but they have actually been purchased by a knitting club. One of the members attended one of the shows where we had a stall last year and we spent quite a while talking about the alpaca yarn and she bought quite a large quantity of it to take home. A few more trips down here to see the farm and meet the animals and she was hooked. Si forgot to take the camera so no shots of their new home. Her closing words when she came back down to purchase the boys where 'We'll just take a couple of boys ..........for now'. I think she already realised that she was going to get hooked on keeping alpacas.
Now onto even more exciting things....................
We have bought Eringa Park Lionheart ET an Elite Herdsire from Wellground Alpaca Stud. I am so excited about this purchase as it means we can now offer our clients a choice of two absolutely fantastic studs which gives them another reason to purchase female alpacas from us. I hope we can live up to having Alpaca Royalty living amongst us.
Eringa Park Lionheart ET
Although Cooper only has one cria on the ground, born last year, it has an absolutely fantastic fleece and on the strength of this he has 6 outside matings booked already so he is going to be a very happy boy over the next couple of months.
Even more amazing news, and congratulations are due to Wellground Alpaca Stud, most of you will be aware that the World Alpaca Conference is taking place at the moment. Les and Rob Rawlins decided to enter two fleeces from their Elite Herd and took two prizes. Brown Champion for Wellground Lalique and 1st Senior White for their homebred Herdsire Wellground Close Encounter. This now makes them World Champions. We are particularly pleased for them as we have a daughter of Close Encounter, our very own Ashdale Exhibition, and her fleece shows excellent promise so we may well have to enter her fleece in a few shows this year.
Although the blog has been quiet we have been buzzing with excitement about the future and are making plans to take our business forward and help others to do the same.