2010 Farm News
What is a farm but a mute gospel? The chaff and the wheat, weeds and plants, blight, rain, insects, sun, -- it is a sacred emblem from the first furrow of spring to the last stack which the snow of winter overtakes in the fields." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Up Coming Events
April 18, 2010
Scott Young from Hilltop Alpacas will be coming on over bright and early Sunday morning to begin the rather ardous task of shearing almost 70 alpacas. Friends and family will gather to help out on this yearly event. They will help vacuum (yes, vacuum!) the alpacas, trim toenails, and collect fleece. It's one heck of a tiring day, but we've got hundreds of pounds of beautiful fleece when we're done. The alpacas are a bit happier and more comfortable too!
Ideuma Creek's Peruvian Marnia & Ideuma Creek's Peruvian Luminescence both took home CHAMPIONSHIPS in this fleece show on January 23rd! This is #2 for Marnia (Scotsman daughter) & #3 for Luminescence (Invasion daughter.
We entered two fleeces in the Symposium and came back with a blue ribbon and a reserve color championship! Ideuma Creek's Kaptain, an Invasion son owned by Limestone Creek Alpacas took a reserve color championship in juvenile white fleece and Accoyo Ascension, a foundation female here at Ideuma Creek added a 6th blue ribbon to collection.
March 6 & 7 - The New Jersey Show
April 18, 2010 - Shearing Day!
Because of unseasonably cold weather - (OK it SNOWED April 18th!) we rescheduled our shearing day until May 15th. All went well. Scott Young from Hilltop Alapcas along with a dozen or so alpaca friends came over to help. It was a long day, but we sheared 70+ alpacas all in a day's time. Now we have hundreds and hundreds of pounds of beautiful alpaca fleece to play with and decide what to do with - will it go to shows, be spun into yarn, be sent to the co-op, etc?
Ideuma Creek Alpacas | John & Denise Jacobus | Unadilla, NY | (607) 563-9174 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Empire Alpaca Symposium
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Fort Worth, Texas
Ideuma Creek's Peruvian Independence was the only fleece we entered in this show - and she came home with a blue! Kathy Klay's comment on her score card was simple and sweet, "Beautiful". This now makes all three of the Invasion cria fleeces that we showed this year multiple blue ribbon winners! Indy scored 81.5% with an 18/20 in fineness and handle, a 4.5/5 in staple type/density and an 8/5 in both brightness and crimp!
March 13 - The Palmetto Alpaca Classic
Ideuma Creek's Peruvian Luminescence Becomes a 4X Champion!
Luminescence does it again! In back to back fleece shows, she took 2 championships in juvenile white. This makes Ideuma Creek's Peruvian Luminescence a FOUR TIME CHAMPION!! Again, Nessie's fleece shows in the class most difficult to ribbon in white juvenile simply because the competition - no matter what level show it is - is so fierce.
April 10 - Ideuma Creek Debuts Our GREEN Alpaca Collection at The Earth Day Festival 2010
We are thrilled to be participating in the Otsego County Conservation Association & Wildlife Learning Company's Earth Festival 2010 on Saturday, April 10th a the the MIlford Central School in Milford, NY. There will be speakers, seminars, informational and vendor booths all toting Earth Friendly products, children's activies, an ECO-art display and a Recycled Fashion Show. It is at this very special Earth Day Event that we have chosen to introduce our brand new line of Eco-Friendly Alpaca Wear. All of the items in this collection are made of 100% natural alpaca - no harsh dyes that harm the environment, all made from start to finish with alpaca grown right here in the US and produced by family owned and operated businesses within the US textile industry. This means products were not shipped half way across the globe wasting precious resources. It also means workers have been paid a fair wage, and the enviroment was not polluted to produce any of these products. Our GREEN alpaca collection is totally guilt- free clothing. Come and join the fun, learn about the environment and check out our alpaca booth! We'll look forward to seeing you there!
April 23-25 - MAPACA Jubilee
We couldn't be more thrilled! We sent two fleeces to MAPACA, one of the largest shows in the country, and we came home with two CHAMPIONSHIPS! These championships were in two of the most difficult to ribbon in classes - whites and lights. We competed with fleeces from some of the top farms in the country. To check out the fleece results for the MAPACA Jubilee, click here. Accoyo Invasion's son, Ideuma Creek's Peruvian Kaptain, took home the championship in white, and our own Accoyo Ascension took home the championship in lights. We are darn proud of this honor!
2010 is starting off to be our best year yet for show ribbons! To check and see how each animal has done at which AOBA certified show, click the link below:
We are elated that our good friends Kevin and Martha Cady from Gentle Breeze Alpacas took the two boys we co-own together to the NJ Show. I had planned to go too, but knee surgery the week prior to the show kept me at home. PHA Accoyo Zagot captured the first place blue ribbon in lights and Ideuma Creek's Accoyo Truman took a 2nd out of 12 in fawn juveniles, right behind the reserve color champion.
Zagot now is a Champion with blues in both halter and fleece. His first cria are due this coming summer, and we simply can not wait to see the affect Zagot will have on our breeding program and on our own herd. With his genetics - a blend of Accoyo El Nino as his sire and super dam Accoyo Astillero as his dam - we have high expectations!
May 8 & 9 - PAOBA Breeder's Showcase
We attended PAOBA with our good friends from Gentle Breeze and enjoyed a wonderful show. Together we took 6 alpacas and brought home 5 ribbons including ribbons for Marnia, our true black Scotty daughter, Reminisce, GB's white Invasion daughter, Ironlad, GB's fawn Ironman son and for future herdsire Accoyo Truman and herdsire Accoyo Zagot.
In his very first fleece show ever, The Alpaca Festival of Oregon, Ideuma Creek's Accoyo Truman took home a blue ribbon in light juvenile fleece, and then went on to win the Championship in Lights! Judge Amanda VanderBorsh gave him a 17 out of 20 in fineness and handle, an 8 out of 10 in crimp and a 6.5 out of 7 in length. Her comments, "Good handle and fineness" Our own Accoyo Venice and Accoyo Stratopshere make this beautiful little Ideuma Creek Accoyo for us. He is proudly co-owned with Kevin and Martha Cady of Gentle Breeze Alpacas.
May - Accoyo Invasion Produces BLACK Cria for our Clients!
We were thrilled to hear that Don and Jen Tompkins of Alpacalachin Alpacas had the first ever BLACK Invasion cria. Their little boy Ares is a bay black 13/16 Accoyo male whose bay black fleece impressed us all! (see bottom photo) A few weeks later Mark and Marlene from Mystic Meadows Alpacas in Vermont had the second BLACK Invasion cria. This time a girl with jet black fleece out of a brown dam. Congratulations both of you on your new arrivals! The fact that we now know Invasion covers BLACK and is capable of producing it fills us with great excitement. Our Ideuma Creek Invasion cria have not only brought home championships, they have brought home the coveted fleece awards of best crimp and best brightness - imagine that kind of fleece in BLACK?!! If our Invasion cria are beating some of the best farms in the country in the most difficult class to ribbon in - white, what could Invasion cria do in fawn, brown and BLACK? We can't wait to find out!
June 18 & 19 - Alpaca Festival of Oregon
Truman Takes Home His First Championship!
July 31 - August 1 - The AFCNA Continental Fleece Show-2 Championships, 2 Blues & The Best Brightness Award!
We'll be sending off at least three fleeces to this huge level 4 show. Some of the best fleeces from around the country will compete for ribbons. It is sponsored by The Alpaca Owner's and Breeders Association's fiber co-op, the Alpaca Fiber Co-op of North America.
We're awfully proud to have brought home such accolades from such a huge show - a level four show. Ideuma Creek's Accoyo Truman took home a blue and a color championship.
This was Roslyn's very first show, and what an incredible way to start off her show career! She took a blue, a championship and The Best Brightness Award - out of 350 fleeces!
June 29 - Ideuma Creek Loses a Treasured Alpaca
Tonto was one of the very first alpacas born here at Ideuma Creek. He had an abnormality in his nasal passage and our vet thought we would mark his life in months and not years. We are so happy that he had a good life here on our farm for more than 12 years, far longer than anyone expected. Because of his deformity, Tonto's teeth splayed apart and he always had a runny nose and drool coming from his mouth. We, of course, loved him despite his less than desirable looks. He was one of the friendliest alpacas you could find and would come to greet our farm guests and want to be petted. If you ever visited our farm, out of the 70+ alpacas you saw, you would remember Tonto. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and especailly by John and me.
September 26 & October 24 - Our Show Season Closes with 2 More Blues, A Championship, and The Judge's Choice for Truman!
Ideuma Creek's Accoyo Truman has sure made us proud! At the Michigan International Alpaca Festival he took a blue, a championship and the coveted Judge's Choice Award. For those of you unfamiliar with this award, it goes to the best fleece in the entire show. Truman's fleece was selected by Andrea MacDonald as the overall best fleece out of all the fleeces at the show - in every color class and in every division! It's really quite an honor! Truman capped off the 2010 show season by pulling in another blue at The Gold County Gathering out in California. This means Truman's fleece had been entered into 4 shows. From these four shows, he received 4 blue ribbons, 3 championships and The Judge's Choice Fleece Award. Again, we are sure proud he carries the Ideuma Creek name!