Meet Thulisa

Alpaca Registry #30028169
Born August 9, 2008

Thulisa is an unusual name, right? Not if you know the Zulu language which is predominantly spoken by the 10 million or so Zulu people in South Africa. It means “peace” and meant something special to the breeder from whom I purchased Thulisa in 2010. The above photo on the left was taken of her flirting with the boys in the pasture next to hers shortly after arrival here on the farm, she is recently shorn. The one on the right is almost eleven months later before shearing. For years her well-nourished fleece made the most beautiful yarn, always selling first. Now that she’s more mature, going on 10 years of age, her fiber is heavier and used in other products, like felted items.  Learn all about Meadowrock’s Odd Balls for your dryer in our Farmlife Issue #20, 12/01/2017.

Thulisa was in the show ring as a juvenile and a yearling as is typical of most young quality alpacas. Once an alpaca reaches breeding age, 18-24 months, they are usually put into production of both fiber and cria (babies). She was an EXCEPTIONAL young female. Look! As a juvenile, 2009, she wins 1st place at both shows she competes in and 2010 she wins 1st place in her color class at three shows and one 2nd place. In fact, at Alpaca Western Extravaganza (AWE) she wins 1st place and Color Champion and then goes on to win 1st place in the Huacaya Bred & Owned Yearling class which is a really big deal for a breeder since your showing your best against everybody else’s best no matter what the color class. Good job Thulisa and breeder Kathy Yaeger of Alpaca Adventures!

Here’s Thulisa five years ago, February 2013. She’s four years old and has produced a beautiful female for us, Ruby, and is pregnant with her second cria. Her daughter Ruby produced the finest fleeces of all our alpacas until her granddaughter Mysty took over.