This year so far…..
CRIA..Only a few cria have been born so far this year joining the 4 cria born late last year, sired by Onedin or Silvertail. Surico Checkmate by Surico Onedin and Surico Ballerina is looking outstanding. He is a full brother to Surico Bolero but white.
The 4 born so far, 3 females and a male are all very exciting combinations for us.
Surico Ashen Light is by Tangier and out of Venus, 2 of our highest quality fleece producers.
Surico Valentine is by Picardy and out of Viola, a full sister to Lorient, this season’s star of the shows but fawn.
Surico Pas de Calais is out of Panache and by Bolero, his first cria at Surico so very exciting, Her champagne colour giving her a golden glow. She is quite beautiful.
Surico Degas, another by Tangier and out of Cezanne, this is a previously untried union which we look forward to repeating. His fleece looks amazing already, long, lustrous and lots of it.
We have a bunch of females all due in April, all mated to Silvertail so much anticipated results.
BREEDING.. This season will see our breeding concentrated into 2 main periods, March and early May. We look forward to using some of our younger males in our breeding programme to enhance some of the fleece traits already locked into our herd. Bolero, Chaos and Dali all have some special qualities to add.
SHOWS.. With 4 shows under out belt already this year, we have had a very small show team of 2. These boys have been in the same class at each show and they have been awarded exactly the same each time by 4 different judges. Surico Lorient has been Supreme Suri each outing with Pizazz taking Reserve.
Sue is traveling to the UK, shortly to look at the BAS, British National Show where Molly Gardner is judging. She is looking forward to seeing all the alpaca at the show and catching up with breeders there. Keep an eye out for her comments here later.
A round up of the year.
As the last of the year looms we look back on another successful alpaca season at Surico.
CRIA Of the 19 cria born at Surico, 6 were born to females already sold and off they went to new homes over NZ and also to Germany. We had used 7 males for the matings. Among these were our first cria from Surico Vivo who flew to Germany earlier in the year, also our first 2 from Silvertail who we own in partnership with Thistledown. All a great asset to our herd, with Silvertail adding new genetics to our realm.
FLEECE STATS Receiving our fleece statistics is always exciting and we were not disappointed this year as we continued to improve each years drop overall. AAFT this year cut some of the longer fleeces in half and gave us a result for the tip and butt end. This gave us a Surico record low micron and SD for Surico Dalton. [See below]
Surico Burton’s cria fleece stats for Oct 2018
Surico Dalton [tip] M-12.6 SD-2.8 [butt] M-15.5 SD-3.4 Dam-Surico Trinkett
Surico Ashby [tip] M-21.8 SD-4.6 [butt] M-21.9 SD-4.4 Dam-Surico Tinka [black]
Surico Cala [tip] M-16.3 SD-3.0 [butt] M-16.5 SD-3.2 Dam-Surico Ibizia
Surico Palmyra [full] M-17.7 SD-4.2 Dam- Surico Jade
SHOW CIRCUIT Surico suri all performed well in the show ring winning many awards through out the year.
Surico Pascale was the star performer winning Supreme at the AANZ National and Waikato A&P, the second biggest show in NZ, for the second year in a row. She was also awarded the Johnny Rogers Trophy at Waikato an award judged from all animal exhibits. She has followed in the footsteps of her dam Surico Rosse and sire, Surico Tangier.
Surico Anna Pavlova also excelled, always runner up to Pascale, but was awarded Champion White Suri at the Nationals.
Birthing has finished at Surico and we have some very special cria born this season. Surico Burton was mated to some of our really good females before he left for his sojourn in Australia. We have 5 cria sired by him, 3 females and 2 males all have his trademark dense fleece and other lovely fleece qualities. Also we have 2 very promising cria by Silvertail, a male we share with Thistledown. One is a female, named Silverbelle out of Meribel, the other a male out of Trendsetter, named Trailblazer. These 2 males, Burton and Silvertail add more dimensions to our breeding programme. Using Silvertail is the first time we have outcrossed our breeding for 10 years. We look forward to more of his offspring in 2019.
Last month saw some of our suri head off to their new home in Germany. As the export protocols stopped transport for a while, the females bought earlier gave birth and were remated and gave birth again. The 2 original females purchased ended up as 6 females heading to their new home. Two females had to wait until their cria were born and with their new female cria will travel in July.
The show season came to an end for us at Easter with the Royal Easter Show in Auckland. Our suri that won supreme during the season were, Surico Chaos at the National, Surico Ricardo at the Royal in Hawkes Bay, Surico Pascale as a junior at the Waikato Show and Surico Pascale as an Intermediate at the Morrinsville Show and again at the Royal Easter. The next will be the National Show again in October, this year in Christchurch.
We look forward to a quiet winter, with just feeding out, no shows and no births for a while.