Farm News - 2012 Cria
From late June through late September, 28 brand new cria will be arriving here at Ideuma Creek. Check back often for updates and baby pictures!
Venice is one of the best purchases we have made. She is a Royal Fawn and Victor grandaughter whose micron was just 16.5. She's as beautiful and sweet as she is soft. Her very first cria, Ideuma Creek's Accoyo Truman, is a 4X champion and the winner of The Judge's Choice Fleece Award. His sire is Accoyo Stratosphere. Now that we own a part of Stratosphere, you can bet we will repeat that breeding - every year we can!
When Phil Mizrahie of Pet Center Alpacas had his herd dispersal, we were lucky enough to win this girl, the highest selling alpaca at the auction. She is a gorgeous Accoyo Titan daughter with brillant, crimpy fleece. We think her cria with Invasion will be to die for!
Accoyo Apple Blossom
When Apple first came to us from California, she was a tiny, fraile little thing. She sure isn't anymore! Apple is a solid, typey girl who has more fleece than you can imagine. She may actually be beige although we registered her as white. We decided to breed her to Cuba who seems to match her fleece-making abilities. They are both fine, both are dense and both have incredible coverage. We're banking on a teddy bear cria.
Accoyo Uptown Girl
When Uptown Girl came to our farm, she had the most beautiful fawn cria at her side, Juliet. We decided to try to go for another fawn for her. Both Uptown Girl and Cuba have champion sires and sires that have produced champion cria. This pairing will produce a full Accoyo cria with a good chance of color. The lineage will be quite rare - Express and Mr. President will be the only lines to avoid.
Accoyo Moonstruck is one of the densest alpacas we have here on the farm - and that is saying a lot when there are 50 Accoyos here! She is a Caligula and Legacy grandaughter. The breeding to Invasion was a no-brainer for us. We have had remarkable results and many championships in both white and fawn from the blending of Caligula descendents and Invasion. They just seem to work VERY well together. This will be Moonstruck's first cria.
Roslyn is a 2X Color Champion with The Best Brightness Award. Her fleece is as close to perfect as it gets! We've paired her with Stratosphere whose fleece is pretty darn nice as well. Strat has 5 blue ribbons to his name and cria with 35 championships and more than 70 blue ribbons. We're betting these two will produce a champion together.
Ideuma Creek's Peruvian Marnia
Marnia, a two time Champion, was born here at our farm. Her sire, The Scotsman, is her sire and the reason for her very fine 19 micron black fiber. She had her very first cria last summer out of Invasion - a modern silver grey and we LOVE him. We bred her to Stratosphere this year because every single black cria Strat has produced has been a champio
Felicia is a Felix daughter and a maternal Victor grandaughter. This past year when bred to Accoyo Zagot she gave us the darkest full Accoyo we've made to date, a girl we named Jeter 3000 - she was born on the day Jeter broke the record. Despite the rather maculine name, Jeter is a pretty little thing. We decided to match Felicia with Strat this year due to the fact that we know Strat can produce black. We'll keep our fingers and our toes crossed for a real dark full Accoyo cria from these two this year.
HDF Accoyo Chiffawn
Chiffawn is an El Moustacio daughter and the dam to the very well respected dark fawn Accoyo herdsire, HDF Lincoln owned by Hiben Hollow. She's a beautiful girl and should produce an amazing cria - likely of color - with our Express son, Accoyo Cuba Libre.
PHA Perucoyo Soleece - SALE PENDING
This Stratosphere daughter has beautiful fleece and excellent conformation. We can't wait to see the cria that she will produce with our 8X champion, 16X blue ribbon winning herdsire, Accoyo Invasion. His cria have rocked the show ring earning 18 championships and 11 fleece specialty awards and The Judge's Choice Fleece Award. A cria from these two should be spectacular!
Accoyo Accolade of Ideuma Creek
So what do you get when you cross a fawn blue ribbon Michaelangelo daughter with Stratosphere? We can't wait to find out! Accolade's first cria out of Invasion, was a fawn girl Ideuma Creek's Accoyo Amity. She's fabulous!
Peruvian Luminescence of Ideuma Creek
Luminescence is a 4X champion Invasion daughter that was born here at Ideuma Creek. Her fleece is just amazing. She has won both the best crimp fleece award and the best brightness award. She's soft. She's consistent. She's crimpy. She's dense. She's bright. Simply put, she's got it all! Last summer she gave us her first cria out of Accoyo Zagot, Renaissance, and she's a knock-out! We're hoping for a fawn 3/4 Accoyo out of these two this year.
The Alpaca Gestation Period
Most alpacas will give birth in the period of 335 days - 355 days. We calculate the due date as 345, right smack in the middle.
This being said, there are plenty of our alpacas who have completely normal births that fell quite a bit out of this range. Stranger's Little Welcome routinely has her cria on day 319 and they average a healthy 17 or 18 pounds. She has had 11 cria here on our farm and has never gone longer than day 326!
On the flip side of the scale we have Peruvian Buffy who holds our farm record for the longest gestation period. Buffy is now owned by our good friends Bob and Ellie Pierson at Heather-Rayne Farm. Buffy went just over a year, 366 days before delivering her first cria, a gorgeous brown healthy girl.
So with 21 girls due over a period of a little over 4 months, we just figure we're on cria watch the entire time!
So you might be thinking, another Stratosphere cria? The answer - absolutely! Michaelangelo daughter, Ascension gave us Accoyo Cadence, a fawn female for her first cria. Last year she gave us a white male, Accoyo Resolute. Cady is already a champion with multiple blues and we are sure Resolute will be too. His fleece is striking. Pairing Ascension and Stratosphere can only produce a cria my dreams are made of!
Accoyo Thai Blossom
Thai Blossom had her first cria on our farm this past summer. We were shocked that she and Invasion produced a medium fawn full Accoyo! Shocked, surprised and thrilled! We thought we'd try her with Strat who is medium fawn himself and has several champion black cria on the ground. We'd love to get another fawn - or darker - from Blossom this year!
Allizandra is a full sister to Stratosphere. Strat covers black. Cuba is an Express son. Express covers black. Want to guess what we''re hoping for here? Always a long shot, but hey, it gives us something to wish for all winter long!.
We just keep on repeating this breeding year after year. We've gotten black and maroons each year. Beautiful dark colors, now we're hoping for a grey from these two this year!
Accoyo Thai Rose
Last year these two produced a knock-out male cria for us. We love him and would be very happy with the exact same thing again this year - gorgeous crimp, density and brighter than bright. These two make a great match.
Accoyo Reina of Crescent Moon
We LOVE Reina's cria from 2011. She gave us an awesome, typey white male we called Cyclone. Reina is a Legacy daughter and a maternal Camilio grandaughter. She's gorgeous. We paired her with Cuba who is also gorgeous. We expect a cria that is, you guessed it, gorgeous!
Accoyo Dazzler of MFI
Dazzler is a Don Juan daughter and a maternal Mr. President grandaughter. She gave us Accoyo Bedazzled this past year, a striking white female. We've got tons of faith in Cuba - his dark Accoyo color, his 16.4 micron, his excellent conformation and stature and his impressive density - so we bred Dazzler to him. She has produced fawn before and we're hoping she will again this year.
Signs of Pending Delivery
Watching and waiting for a cria to be born can be exciting and frustrating at the same time!
There really are no signs that are totally reliable. The best indication we have found is our individual girl's history. Some alpacas go just about the same time of day each time. Others go just about the same number of days. Some, like Suzie, will even have their own little signs to indicate she is about to give birth. Here are some more standard ones:
Loss of cervical plug
The Stages of Labor
1. Preparatory Phase
This stage usually takes between 1 and 6 hours. Signs are all dependent on the alpaca. We have had some that show no signs of stage 1 labor what-so-ever. They continue to graze and interact with the herd as normal. Most, however, will make frequent trips to the poop pile & hum longer and louder than usual. Some will separate themselves from the rest of the herd.
2. Fetal expulsion
This stage usually lasts less than 1 hour. Once the head and feet are seen, the entire cria should be birthed within 30 minutes or so.
3. Placental expulsion
Within 4-6 hours after birth, the placenta should be expelled. During this time some dams, especially first time moms, might seem a bit uncomfortable. Most, however, continue right on in their stoic fashion.
A high percentage of alpaca births will occur during the day. It is speculated that this is because in the wild delivery during the relatively warmer daylight hours may increase cria survival by decreasing deaths due to hypothermia during the cold Andean nights.
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Raven is a rare black full Peruvian Conan daughter. What better match for her than Accoyo Stratosphere? We'love Raven's cria from last year. She gave us a wonderful silver grey male. Just think what she'll give us when bred to Strat!
Accoyo Catalina of Pacific Crest
Catalina is, without question, the nicest old Accoyo gal we've ever seen. She's kept her micron low - just 26 at 11 years of age, and she's kept her youthful appearance. She has the face of a yearling! She's had fawn before, and we're hoping she'll have it again in 2012 with Cuba.
Accoyo Olympia of AML
Olympia a a fawn Legacy daughter and a full sister to champion Leonardo. We've paired her with Cuba this year and are counting on at least a fawn cria, but are hoping (with their genetics) an even darker full Accoyo cria for this year.
EVERY time we have bred these two, we have produced a cria - male or female - that has gone on to take a blue ribbon! They consistently, every single time, have produced a cria with just amazing fleece. Last year Serenity was born and for the first time these two produced color! She is a very light fawn or a dark beige girl. We'll take another one just like her - or her blue ribbon sister Ruth, or her champion brother Ridge or her multi-blue sister, Independence. . .you get the picture!
Silver Cloud's Accoyo Felicity
Felicity is a Felix daughter and a maternal Camillo grandaughter. She's stunning. Her first cria was born on our farm last spring, a very fine and dense fawn male, Atlantis. We are hoping for a repeat color performance from Cuba. Cuba's sire covers black and so does Felicity . . .we'd LOVE to get a dark full Accoyo from these two!
Miss Accoyo Mariposa
This will be our first birth of the year! Always an exciting event, this one will even more so as it is Cuba's first cria here on our farm! Mariposa has been a foundation female at Crescent Moon Ranch for years. She is a Victor daughter so she covers at least fawn. Cuba is an Express son with a micron count of just 16.4. He's a gorgeous guy. We simply can't wait for June to get here already! This should be a spectacular cria!
Kapina's Peruvian Penelope
Penny has a track record of producing some excellent quality cria here at our farm - including Ideuma Creek's Bo Jangles, the winner (like his Mom) of The Judge's Choice Fleece Award. Penny herself is a mutli-champion with 8 blue ribbons. We've paired her with Stratosphere for his first cria here on our farm. To say we're anixous for this one to arrive is an understatement!
Bluestone's Peruvian Roxy
We're hoping for Roxy's gorgeous silver grey color and Stratosphere's amazing fleece from this combination. We know Strat covers black so a black cria wouldn't be all that awful either! With 35 champion cria and more than 70 cria with blue ribbons, we don't think Strat has a grey cria to brag about. This could be his first!
HDF Accoyo Reese
Reese is a beautiful girl. She is very typey and has beautiful fleece and conformation. She is a Royal Fawn daughter so her above average appearance and fleece makes sense. We have bred her to our multi-ribbon winning herdsire, Accoyou Cuba Libre for ther 2012 cria. With parents that look like these two, how can their cria be anything but exceptional?