Alpaca 2016 was a very successful National Show for Surico. The entire show team was bred at Surico as were their parents with the exception of Nui’s dam.
This is the 9th AANZ National Show that Surico has won the supreme award for suri, spanning the 13 years the show has been held. It is pleasing to see many of those supreme winner’s progeny now doing well in the show team.
The Surico Team joined the convoy south, the first stop being dinner at Dixie Browns in Taupo where everyone met. The convoy always makes the long trip more exciting, stopping every so often for coffee and a walk around.
The star of the Surico Team was Surico Bolero, Intermediate Light Fawn Male, winning Supreme Champion Suri.
Bolero follows in the footsteps of his dam and sire, Surico Ballerina won the title in 2007 and Surico Onedin won in 2010. Bolero shone as a junior, winning several championships and won Supreme at Kumeu and Royal Easter at Auckland as an intermediate. He has a beautiful creamy fine, lustrous fleece with a consistent, low micron across his body, with density being his strength.
Surico Dali won the White Intermediate Male Suri class, and was Reserve Champion Intermediate Male Suri after Bolero. He was also Champion White Suri.
Dali’s sire is Surico Alinghi and dam is Surico Cezanne, a highly esteemed pedigree. This combination is producing some excellent offspring. Progeny by Alinghi have exquisite fleece qualities, they are fine, they are lustrous with very even micron.
The Junior Female Championship went to Surico Kazama, also sired by Onedin. Her dam, Surico Courcheval, is also the dam of 2015 National Supreme Suri, Surico Burton.
This little female has it all, density, lustre and fineness, she has a bright future ahead.
Surico Cigale, Surico Bazille and Surico Nui, our little team of junior boys were all placed in their classes. Nui went on to win Reserve Champion Junior Male Suri. Nui is sired by Surico Tangier who won Supreme at the 2011 National Show in Tauranga. Tangier has sired some promising progeny.
Cigale’s dam is Ballerina and his sire is Surico Valiant [sire of Tangier] He was first in his class. Bazille is a full brother to Dali, by Surico Alinghi and his dam is Surico Cezanne, he was third in his class.
Congratulations to Fairhaven Alpacas who bought Surico Sweetie, who at just 6 months old won her class, Junior Mid-Dark Fawn Suri and went on to win Champion Fawn Suri. A big thrill for us all. Her dam is Surico Tinka a black female and her sire is Surico Tangier showing what an awesome job he is doing, upgrading the females fleece qualities while retaining colour. Fairhaven also exhibited another winning female bred at Surico, Surico Cordelia who was in the lineup for Supreme having won Champion Senior Female Suri.
These results help benchmark the Surico herd and confirm the direction of Surico’s breeding programme. Every mating is carefully considered, taking into account all previous breedings, matching successes and introducing the young stock to enhance the good quality traits even further.