Meet Hood View's Colt
Alpaca Registry #31384605
Born July 18, 2009
Colt is one of the three purchased alpacas left on the farm, the rest of the herd were born at Meadowrock. To improve fiber characteristics dark colored alpacas have historically been bred to light colored alpacas. Colt was my branching out to give this concept a try. As it turned out, we never used Colt as a herdsire but instead gelded him, locking in his awesome fiber characteristics and expected progeny differences (EPDs). In truth, he is considered a fading fawn and is not a true white. See the fawn on his head and back? Colt is our lightest colored alpaca.
Colt’s birthday is coming up and is still considered a yearling in the left picture. He has only been on our farm two weeks but is making himself right at home. In two more weeks, he’ll have all that beautiful fleece shorn off. This boy really packs on the fiber!
A few months later, now two years of age, facing the camera, he shows off his cute face and fawn colored eyebrows. He has a very shy but sweet disposition. He is also a protector. Whenever he sees one of his herdmates having a disagreement, he is right there to break it up by placing his body between them. Even though this boy is not conformationally correct for the show arena, I love him.
On left, nearly four, Colt just gave up his nice crop of fleece. His total weight of fiber sheared this year is 9.6 pounds, very nice. About half of this will become yarn, roving, or some other sellable product for Alpaca Annex, our farm store.
A few pounds will go to the coop for socks and what’s left will be considered waste. This year, 2013, his average fiber diameter (afd) is 23.1, perfect for making a beautifully soft yarn and I’m very pleased. How do I know how fine his fiber is? Because we send a fleece sample to a laboratory. In return, they make a histogram and provide a lot of fiber details; the afd is only one of the statistics. Since I decided to not use him for breeding, this was the last year a histogram was done on his fiber. I will continue to grade his fiber by hand during the skirting process.
Two years later, 2015, on shearing day, Colt warms himself in the morning sun. It looks like he could be meditating before being sheared, ha-ha! Whatever he’s doing he looks at peace with the world.
And here we are, the day after shearing, 2017. Colt is now 8 years old and will continue producing usable fiber for many more years. This year I chose to use his blanket for Meadowrock’s Odd Balls, my version of the alpaca dryer ball. Who knows what we’ll do next year!