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Monday, November 16, 2015

2015 Births...Breedings for cria Fall 2016, New huge male BARN, add'n of DAISY (4th guardian) in January 2016

2015 BIRTHS..dams w own crias front of them

2015 BIRTHS..dams w own crias front of them

We successfully bred Cotton, Chloe, Rachel and Jasmine this past year for 2015 births. 2016... 2 crias were taken by coyotes just after birth in the Fall, so we haven't bred again until 2018. In 2015
Cotton & Chloe had beautiful females, and Rachel had an exceptional black bundling male.
Jasmine had a HUGE, very curly black male (sired by Bolaro..as was Rachels male) with much quality fiber, but lost Jasmines large male to pneumonia (internally). NO PROBLEM BIRTHING...just one of 4 had pneumonia. Last birth was approx 23 lbs and a very late birth..that explains Jasmine "stillborn" birth of her beautiful, huge black cria. She had no problem... came very quickly...& she grieved over him for hours. Even then, Jasmine even watched the other black male protectively for months (Bolaro was also his sire... he looked like her male but smaller)!

Pictures are posted on Openherd (here) for Cotton & Rachels cria. Then my PC crashed before I could take and post a picture of Diamond Mia (Chloe's MIA was our 3rd birth of the year).
*** Cotton's female has exceptional fiber which may be bundling. Diamond Aura had so much fiber at birth that I couldn't speak...we just got tears of joy. She started out a light Golden color with very light highlights. Then after she was sheared we lost the lighter color of outer tips (from amniotic fluid lightening her true colors). She turned out to be a little darker golden and some light brown & grey. Now we think she is rose grey, still changing, but we see lots of lt brown (almost a light fawn). Her fiber crimps, shimmers and she is adorable... she even nips sometimes at my slack to get my attention. When playing with her dam this summer, she decided she also wanted me to spray cool water on her neck. When the other two cria saw her, they learned also to get in the spray. Then, I noticed how light her fiber really was...but that she had "much medium grey" fiber mixed into her lighter fibers in a UNIFORM manner..which made the light golden color darker. I could have cried. She seemed to be a rose grey. Then it made sense to me that she was born with that grey nose and some grey in ears, etc.
*** Chloe's female is adorable too! She shimmers for a darker brown and still has highlights to her fiber with much crimp & density...she might have slightly finer fiber, but it seems really dense. She takes our hearts since the day we found her sitting amidst a circle of females in the field near the creek...five or 10 minutes after I fed her dam up on hill. Such a calm dam and calm little girl that the name MIA came to mind right away..cause we loved her. I had just fed her pregnant dam (not a clue under tail) and turned around and looked down to the field a few minutes later to discover her sitting very calmly near her dam! At first she had lighter fiber, more med. to light brown due to amniotic color change, but when sheared she was then definitely a beautiful brown with silver highlighting.
*** Rachel's little boy has much energy, is so inquisitive with us, and jumps up onto the bale of hay playing when we bring in a bale. He rules the threesome, and has his sire, Bolaro's pronking, rocking carousel personality. He is extremely healthy acting!! His FIBER is "to die for"... already BUNDLING around itself with much crimp as well. It's also very dense & long. We really got lucky this year...did a great job matching up with the right male/females for breeding.

We bred later than usual..only this FALL. We were waiting for Jr Sire Lazer to age a little more and be ready for breeding. We also had an initially very warm Fall, and still have some 70-80 degree days, so we just didn't take time to do breedings earlier. We are hoping for Rayo's Snow and Lazer to have sired 3-5 cria next Fall in 2016. They only had a short time with some of dams. Lazer was unproven, but we left LAZER with Leah, Crystal & Freedom. Freedom & Crystal were MUCH larger and wouldn't have the younger male (they got their way). However, when we later put Lazy Susan and Nevaeh (HEAVEN) with Lazer they seemed to like him. Then, of course we brought in the bigger Sire: "RAYO's MASTER of SNOW & SMOKESTORM (the SNOWMAN)" for Freedom and Crystal. We also finally let BUTTERCUP come into his stall for her turn with him. He took no time at all to service Freedom, Crystal, then Buttercup. He's previously proven, having sired two cria in the past (with minimal exposure to the dams)... and got right to his business! We already know how beautiful SNOW's cria are, and that he can produce multiple colors easily...the first was a pretty large true black like Rayo's Master of Snow grand-sire (sire of the golden sunshine colored "RAYO") "BLACK MAGIC"; and the 2nd w Peaches was a dark color (dark Brown or black) according to the ultrasound! With Hemingway's daughter, & Pizazz, & World-Class Smoke Storm as Grand-dams of "Rayo's Master of SNOW &...," and grandsires like BLACK MAGIC & SNOWMASS DeBeers (Of-DIAMONDS)... any color is possible with SNOW!
**We also exposed Kahlua to Jasmine one day for a very short time (10 minutes)...just to see if he could get down to business quickly. He is proven with both the new 2015 female CRIAs (of Cotton & Chloe)...which he bred within minutes of exposure to both at once (1/2 hour for BOTH). He just surprised us w 10 minutes to service Jasmine...Vet in late Summer says pregnant (2 Vets over 1 month time...2nd checking for pregnancies, doing Rabies & CDT & Ivomec Fach...& checking eye color, general health)!

2016 several females took breeding(coyotes took all cria fall of 2016 while birthing) Gate found open, heard cria scream when taken (3 females got out into field just before birth). Kahlua managed last yr to succeed w 2 females from 1/2 hr of total breeding time! Fall 2016 large pack coyotes got into field during births (heard our cria, coyotes took silently...3rd lost when dam couldn't turn cria (kicked trying to turn, quickly bled out). Really glad though that we had several smaller females with soft, great staple lengths, to breed with Lazer. We're hoping that we broke him into breeding successfully with three females [1st tried Pandora, then Leah, then Nevaeh (nickname Nu Heaven) & Lazy Susan]. Even one of 3 would be great. Pandora seemed a little tall for him (and free-willed).
4 mo old Great Pyrenees

4 mo old Great Pyrenees "DAISY"

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Guard Team: Horse & "Great Pyranese-COSEY"; Bald EAGLE...Pictures below...tidbit reference damaging winds from Double Tornados in JULY.

Cosey- going for 1st walk around the alpacas with us to learn her guard territory.

Cosey- going for 1st walk around the alpacas with us to learn her guard territory.

Amy's new additions to the herd are TRITON's LAZER and Golden Oakes' FREEDOM! And next year, after 3 crias are weaned, we will begin thinning our herd. We already have one person interested in Nuera. Come by and get to know them when their crias are born so you can see the "quality" of cria each one produces. Our herd is comprised of alpacas from great sires and dams... many World Class or World Famous. When bred with great males, they produce very nice fleeces and overall quality crias. Mountain Edge alpacas also has (DEC 2014) given us permission to process RAYO's Master of Snow... with his SIRE's NAME! They also will allow other alpaca/cria we have to carry names of their ancestry (MANY of our alpacas have ties to females or SIRES of MOUNTAIN EDGE in them). Now we're not afraid to name SNOWMAN as: RAYO's Master of SNOW, Kensington (his son BIG BOY) & Solomon (thru his daughter PANDORA), or Chimbote lineage w their names. Some of these foundation names are ACTUAL CHAMPION SIRES & Chimbote's two Champion Son's...some for grand-sires & grand-dams, but they all provided the foundation for much of this herd!! We are so grateful for that permission.

They'll ALL have COSEY to love and protect them! And Junior Herdsires: LAZER and True Black (& Silver?) "AMADO MELAINE", along with other cria born at our farm...Buttercup's little "AMY," will love having Cosey circling their yards. Lazer & Freedom were used to having two of these wonderful dogs w their herd, and Amado & "AMY," will learn to appreciate Cosey as well. We are very happy with our Great Pyranese "COSEY," as she's already proven to be a great herd guard dog. We had an Eagle over our pond this weekend which let us know how much we need our dogs (Cosey... and Shelty Allie who knows a little about herding & herds our horse). Cosey and her brother were adopted and taught to live with and be guardian for small goats. If a goat got out, Cosey went after it and stayed outside the fence by it. She & Allie had a short acclimation to the males of our herd, by living inside the fields and shelters among them, then Cosey went over top of the 5 ft high fence one day while we were playing with her, and immediately decided when turned loose to consistently roam around the fields and our herd and faithfully watch over them night and day. She loved the responsibility, and the freedom to hide and watch above or below the herd was pure joy to her. Then, we had a stray Great Pyranese male most of last winter, and decided to watch out for her by keeping her near the house until the stray was caught by a neighbor and returned to it's owner! Cosey let us know if it was near at night. But, overall, she handled all the wild animals and unwanted visitors very well! And our neighbors assisted in identifying the stray, and watching for him until he was caught. Of course, Cosey stayed by the herd and did what she's done since a pup... watched over her herd and her new family too. She even takes on a very loud pack of coyotes at night outside the fenced areas. I assist her and we scare them greatly.

So, recently we have improved Cosey's ability to roam and guard our alpacas by also assisting her electronically. She should now be able to roam freely and be happy constantly navigating where she is needed to protect our herd, yet still be able to spend some time with us while we are working, or come by us for her meals or a treat. She can continue to circle our fields and sit hidden within different knolls where she can see the entire herd and chase away any annoying wild animals, yet be able to hide and watch when she wants to rest. Not saying exactly how, but we are so happy to assist her and help her to do her job without any fear for her if she decides to chase unwanted visitors or animals from the herd or our homes. We love her so much that we decided to find a way to assist her to be with and guard the herd, yet protect herself a little as well. She has found a place in our hearts and in ours and the alpaca's homes when extremely cold.

We decided that our horse is very protective of the females too, as we've found her at the fence many times standing between them and whatever has just passed through (bear)...following it from inside the fence! A "miracle horse" really since she healed from a broken leg after Hurricane (Sandy) got pretty windy! They work together. So horse inside field & we let COSEY protect on the outer perimeter to assist her with all fields at once. She survived the tornadic winds here July 8, 2014 (Cosey came into our house) and ALPACA AND "COSEY" DOG's OWNER, AMY, got Cria &Mother in... stayed inside barn with all the alpacas till two tornados went through. All but cria &dam went into their own buildings just before it came through (somehow they knew). Our horse was in a stall with a couple of adult alpacas who seem to know she is their protector (Nuera, Chloe, etc.). We only had to take dam w cria into her own stall barely in time, assisted by "owner Amy." With many of the forest trees damaged, only a small limb flew into our fields (click on pics to see below). And all animals were in their shelters (I have at least fifty forest tree pics, so this is just a couple). Katherine was caught out in the winds in her vehicle & sustained MINOR (underneath) vehicle damage as she warned AMY & cria of approaching severe weather, then turned her 4x4 into the wind and sat it out (it was impossible to move as could not see out or around her vehicle & 3-small trees fell on both sides of it). Amy got cria and dam inside the barn for 1st twister, then when her mother yelled the 2nd time from another driveway (more clear of falling trees), Amy got into the upper bunker with females before the sun disappeared, replaced by a dark field of blowing debris. Amy had run in-between two sets of twisting winds up hill into her basement to safety (as her mother watched across the field)! All is fine now. When compared to other areas, we got just a bit of forest, garden fence, and fruit trees damaged/downed. We're sure not as bad as in some other areas. Now we have a small idea what other parts of our country have been through!

Per the horse, we had two friends, who once were sitting on a knoll nearby, to get to know our guard horse as well. The brother in closest proximity to our home asked us: "DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT LOUD SNORTING NOISE WAS?" They couldn't believe how loudly our horse sounded her alarm for an hour (at them)!! So, with our improvements, Cosey dog can return to the outer perimeters and be happy and free with both us and the horse watching over her. She is so calm and yet so resourceful and faithful when she is needed. And she'd love to keep following the wild varmints to teach them a lesson. We may get her a buddy someday since she's chased several large types of wildlife away all by herself. I should've taken a picture of the baby panther a while back. The black mother grabbed it in the dark near me as it passed under a fence in front of my vehicle. Wildlife is abundant here (years ago we saw a pair of peregrine falcons). So I guess you can imagine how great Cosey & horse really are for our herd!

Hopefully, if the herd ever yells again, they will be able to appreciate again watching both our horse and Cosey (and us) clear their area of any unwanted guests or wildlife. Don't know how we managed without COSEY though, because she and the horse are just irreplaceable together...as guards (mostly irreplaceable in our hearts)!
Miracle Horse. Cash's Star watches outside fence.

Miracle Horse. Cash's Star watches outside fence.

After July's 2-twisters, we had a young EAGLE (known nearby) visits the pond above the alpaca fields

After July's 2-twisters, we had a young EAGLE (known nearby) visits the pond above the alpaca fields

Only a limb in fields...alpacas safe.

Only a limb in fields...alpacas safe.

It's down now, but 2 Strong swirling winds snapped great trees... building damages were minor!

It's down now, but 2 Strong swirling winds snapped great trees... building damages were minor!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Harmony Springs Farms "Alpacas"


The "Pied Piper" & her herd!

Introducing Harmony Springs Farms "Alpaca Herd."

Until we learn to do better web pages or a nice farm site for you, and open them to other breeders, we'll try to show you some of our joy in owning alpacas through pictures. We'll start adding individual info when we are ready to open herd for sales or breedings. If we list breeding cost high at first, it is because we want some time to breed on farm first. We see great potential in several males! (Of course, we think they're ALL great!)

We have Royal Fawn in much of our herd at some percentage! Many males have Snowmaster & Hemingway, add Legacy De Bolivia, Vengador, Bonanza & Kensington, Camilio, Caligula, Matador, several Snowmass lines, Mtn Edge RAYO, & on. Two or 3 females have some of these lines, then Chimbote & Auzengate, Royal Fawn, Bonanza, Macusani, 5P Camelot, 6P Ron Hutson, P. Pizazz, Fleecy Dale Bon Bon, Jaxon, Silver Medal Codi & Cuento, World Class Smoke Storm, Kesling's Midnight, Cumulus ITA, 5 of Acero Marka's lines, Jane Russell. Add some Royal Fawn grand-daughters/grand-sons & many of his grt-grands. We're still improving their outside areas, too much Harmony Springs "creek" to "show" them yet. Snow was almost adult when bought. He went inside during heat of mid-day his first summer in very shaded, cool, embanked shed w 2 fans. His staple length is shown in his picture! He is proven, can run w that big coat & brags at the other sires only when bred...full energy. But he's extremely kind, & even comes to rescue & protect small sires as Nike taught him to do. His calm playing is limited by a gentle nature! We keep him sheared now, but he is just one of our Snowmaster & Hemingway & Royal Fawn grandsons.

Amy now has the best of Snow's original herd! She bought Buttercup & her sister Nevaeh (who had a beautiful cria with sire NIKE who's a 2009 indefinite grey, ribbon winner at VAOBA show). Amy also added SNOW's very dense, crimping uncle Destello (Fireworks!) and his sisters, Chloe and Cotton (all three sired by Snowmass De Beers & grand-sire is Snowmaster), because we liked Snowman so much! She also added Nevaeh, Buttercup & Ginger of the Accoyo Chimbote lineage. Amy's addition of dense Peaches (Sire-APP Peruvian Galant Physique & Camelot & Royal Fawn) & her daughter Ginger (a very dense female of Accoyo Chimbote's son "GG Ulysses"... also w 5Peruvian Camelot, Royal Fawn, Auzengate, and Light Fawn or golden Peruvian Pizazz lines) has greatly improved her herd.

Amy has added Kahlua, 2012 "VA Classic" ribbon-winning juvenile, now over 2 yrs, and just bred to Crystal (both much silver in lineage)! She also bought & added Black Bolaro, full brother of champion or blue-ribbon October Skye. Bolaro is proven sire at young age also, congrat's to Susan of Poverty... Farm and our Rachel and maybe Lazy Susan. We have enough males & females now to "keep the bloodlines" very clean & healthy. Amy is raising several cria now and is doing a good job currently with crossing good, independent, but "foundation & quality" lineage over into her herd (world famous bloodlines, some more recent champion or blue ribbon bloodlines).

It's a growing, learning experience for all of us. We've nicknamed them "AMY'S ALPACAS" and nicknamed her 1st HSFarms bred cria "Amado Melaine (Amae's Rosey Amado)", Nevaeh's first cria, from Accoyo Chimbote/Snowmaster/ Vengadorian/Hemingway/Macusani.. World Class Smoke Storm.. lineages (Nike son). Another exceptional cria is our farms coming (maybe Spring gift?)... from Peaches and Rayo's Master of Snow and Smoke Storm (Vet ultrasound shows dark cria)... who are of 5Peruvian Camelot, The Royal Phinese, Peruvian Jaxon & Macusani lineage, now crossed w Snowmaster, Rayo & Pizazz, Hemingway & several other foundation lines (like World Class Smoke Storm, Los Prados Kizzi, Kepling's Midnight, Carolina Smoke and...). Another Pandora's Box of color is coming soon (other crias will follow this Summer (by June and late Fall)!... 1st Buttercup, then Crystal and Mentirosa are hopeful mother's-to-be.

HARMONY "SPRINGS" from our Alpacas... and their "pied piper" owner Amy.
Richard, Katherine, Amy and the "rest" of our family...
She creates waterfall filling 2 tubs.. 1 to drink, 1 to bath... They're in spring-fed creek!

She creates waterfall filling 2 tubs.. 1 to drink, 1 to bath... They're in spring-fed creek!

Hi, I'm Snowman. Do you want to celebrate Spring with me in the creek?

Hi, I'm Snowman. Do you want to celebrate Spring with me in the creek?

2009 ribbon-winning Nike (dk grey/brown) & Kensington's son

2009 ribbon-winning Nike (dk grey/brown) & Kensington's son "S.V. Big Boy." Thanks but no creek!

Monday, August 12, 2013

2013 Alpaca Shearing Day at Harmony Springs Farms

Gently gentlemen.  Cria on board!

Gently gentlemen. Cria on board!

The day finally arrived. Time to shear alpaca herd for fiber! Amy just added some great quality alpacas to her herd. Probably her new alpacas are some of the best quality in the herd now! The dam who is pictured here is one of her new acquisitions with exceptional fiber! Nevaeh (heaven) is also about to have a cria by Amy's new sire Nike (S V Nike placed in 2009 VAOBA as an indefinite colored grey & brown). You make good choices Amy!!

Royal Fawn is gone, but some amount of his lineage is in very large percent of our current herd. For some he is a grandsire, for others he may be all the way back to one of their great- or to a great-great-great grandsire. Very few don't have him in lineage at all. Other names like Hemingway, Auzengate & Chimbote, Snowmaster, Fleecy Dale Bon Bon, Cuento, Three-in-a-Row, Cumulus, Silver Medal Codi, Vengador's Accoyo Alexander, and Auzengate are some names in the lineage found in our herd... from breedings to great sires (some of those sires were from farms of PA). Snowmass De Beers crias (Destello, Chloe & Cotton & their cria's) & Snowmass Condornar & Adonis (our Kahlua), Royal Fawn's son "Monte Carlo (our Nuera & offspring)," Kensington & Bonanza, Solomon, World Class Smoke Storm & Kesling's Midnight, Esterlino, 4Peruvian Camelot, Peruvian Black Magic , & Lt. Fawn "yellow" Peruvian Pizazz (see Rayo's Master of Snow & Peaches' cria Ginger...who have yellow Pizazz, but somewhat different lineage!), S. Incaaccoyo Star, Matador, Maverick, Camilio and Legacy of Bolivia are just a few names that are found in lineage of our sires. OUR HERD HAS A "GREAT" FOUNDATION, of well-known and Champion names within their genes. Variety of colors even includes Dk or Lt Silver Grey in a few. Just one look at these pictures of few of our females on Shearing Day tells that story. We'll be placing 2014 sheared pic's with many individual alpacas.

*This Fall Amy added two sires to our herd. Amy's newest boys are: Bolaro and Kahlua. We also added INDIVIDUAL pics of alpacas, some cert's.. more info at Harmony Springs Farms Alpacas farm pages.
Crystal... just rained & rubbed sheared neck on wet ground?  Her neck feels cool tho!

Crystal... just rained & rubbed sheared neck on wet ground? Her neck feels cool tho!

Summertime... Still got grass!!

Summertime... Still got grass!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The beginning of Harmony Springs Alpacas

Rayo's Master of

Rayo's Master of "Snow" and Smoke Storm...our 1st alpaca stepping from trailer.

This is our first alpaca stepping from his trailer at Harmony Springs Farms... the yearling of Mountain Edge's Rayo and Seventh Valley Cotton. He started out as Snowboy, and then nicknamed Snow.
It's time to think about picking names for our yearling sire.

Let's see... what about following the long list of his pedigree... names across his sire or dam certificates? We could name him from the lists of Grand-sires and Grand-dams? What about "Heming's de Beers." Or, maybe he could become "Rayo's Master of Snow." Better yet... "Rayo's Snow Royalle","World Class Snowstorm de Smoke," "Monte Carlo's Royal Esterlino," or even "Rayo's Snowy Black Magic", "Rayo's Royal Monte Carlo", "Rayo's World Class Snow Storm". We really like both sides of his lineage... so little fellow became Rayo's Master of Snow and Smoke Storm (chances of Lt Fawn-Yellow, lots of white, light silver, and dark colors in his genes!).

Now our first sire is fully grown, proven, and we are satisfied to just call him SNOWMAN.. the beginning of our "Alpaca" herd, and a proven Herdsire!
Cosey when she arrived.  She's patrolling well now.

Cosey when she arrived. She's patrolling well now.

Guardian for females.  Likes black Nuera.  Nose-tossed her own hay every eve to her.'

Guardian for females. Likes black Nuera. Nose-tossed her own hay every eve to her.'