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A Look at Proven Dams: First Issue- Lionheart's Fawn

July 14, 2009
Sunny Mesa's Tuscan Gold

Sunny Mesa's Tuscan Gold

To me it’s simple- in breeding, the female contributes just as much genetic input as the male. Clearly, there are some herdsires who are very pre-potent, and these names end up overshadowing that of the female. Often times when someone sees a beautiful fleece on an animal they will ask, “who is the sire?”. But my first question is always, “where’s the Dam?”.

This post will be a series of features written on the most pre-potent Dams in the United States. They are in no particular order, so don’t analyze it too much. Hopefully the information will be useful when breeders are making sales/breeding decisions.

Lionheart’s Fawn is certainly one worthy of being on the list of premier Dams. Her sire is ‘Accoyo Starr Kahn’, one of two Shere Khan sons to be imported in the U.S. Her dam, ‘Derwydd Peruvian Coya’ is a Hemingway daughter. Both of Fawn’s parents are white, while she is light fawn. Full Peruvian 1/2 Accoyo heritage. Below is of Lionheart Fawn’s ARI registered offspring:

Fawn offspring

A quick look at this data, and you might assume that the frequent service sire, MFI Brock is to credit. In my mind, he’s certainly a nice male, but his best offspring seem to have always come from Lionheart Fawn.

Daughter, Sunny Mesa’s Tessora, has one of the most successful fleece show records of all-time in the industry.

She was eventually sold after much persistence to Ian and Jennifer Lutz of Cas-Cad-Nac Farm in Vermont. In fact, the Lutz’s are featuring Tessora’s 4x Champion son, CCNF Talon at this year’s National Elite Auction. You also might recognize Talon, from the banner ad Cas-Cad-Nac has been running on the front page of AlpacaNation.

Son, Sunny Mesa’s Tuscan Gold, is a male who has gained a significant amount of attention over the past two years. A Champion himself, Tuscan’s fleece is uniquely fine and silky with elite brightness. A small crop of his offspring began showing this year, winning Tuscan his first Get-of-Sire win.

Son, Sunny’s Mesa’s Royal Troon, is yet another Champion. Also it should be noted that he won the Judge’s Award for Best Hand award in an AOBA National fleece show.

Daughter, Sunny Mesa’s Trista was shown three times, and won three Championships.

Lionheart’s Fawn is currently owned by Lynn Denning-Costner and Tom Costner of Sunny Mesa Alpacas, LLC in Colorado. The following is an excerpt from their write-up on their proven dam:

“Fawn, a foundation female, was purchased at 6 months of age. To date, she is the Dam of 12 Color Championships, three Judge’s Choice Awards, National Best Hand Award, Best Crimp and 2 Best Brightness. She won first place ribbons for Produce of Dam and Produced blue ribbon winners for Bred and Owned”


A Look at Proven Dams: First Issue- Lionheart’s Fawn

July 14, 2009
Sunny Mesa's Tuscan Gold

Sunny Mesa's Tuscan Gold

To me it’s simple- in breeding, the female contributes just as much genetic input as the male. Clearly, there are some herdsires who are very pre-potent, and these names end up overshadowing that of the female. Often times when someone sees a beautiful fleece on an animal they will ask, “who is the sire?”. But my first question is always, “where’s the Dam?”.

This post will be a series of features written on the most pre-potent Dams in the United States. They are in no particular order, so don’t analyze it too much. Hopefully the information will be useful when breeders are making sales/breeding decisions.

Lionheart’s Fawn is certainly one worthy of being on the list of premier Dams. Her sire is ‘Accoyo Starr Kahn’, one of two Shere Khan sons to be imported in the U.S. Her dam, ‘Derwydd Peruvian Coya’ is a Hemingway daughter. Both of Fawn’s parents are white, while she is light fawn. Full Peruvian 1/2 Accoyo heritage. Below is of Lionheart Fawn’s ARI registered offspring:

Fawn offspring

A quick look at this data, and you might assume that the frequent service sire, MFI Brock is to credit. In my mind, he’s certainly a nice male, but his best offspring seem to have always come from Lionheart Fawn.

Daughter, Sunny Mesa’s Tessora, has one of the most successful fleece show records of all-time in the industry.

She was eventually sold after much persistence to Ian and Jennifer Lutz of Cas-Cad-Nac Farm in Vermont. In fact, the Lutz’s are featuring Tessora’s 4x Champion son, CCNF Talon at this year’s National Elite Auction. You also might recognize Talon, from the banner ad Cas-Cad-Nac has been running on the front page of AlpacaNation.

Son, Sunny Mesa’s Tuscan Gold, is a male who has gained a significant amount of attention over the past two years. A Champion himself, Tuscan’s fleece is uniquely fine and silky with elite brightness. A small crop of his offspring began showing this year, winning Tuscan his first Get-of-Sire win.

Son, Sunny’s Mesa’s Royal Troon, is yet another Champion. Also it should be noted that he won the Judge’s Award for Best Hand award in an AOBA National fleece show.

Daughter, Sunny Mesa’s Trista was shown three times, and won three Championships.

Lionheart’s Fawn is currently owned by Lynn Denning-Costner and Tom Costner of Sunny Mesa Alpacas, LLC in Colorado. The following is an excerpt from their write-up on their proven dam:

“Fawn, a foundation female, was purchased at 6 months of age. To date, she is the Dam of 12 Color Championships, three Judge’s Choice Awards, National Best Hand Award, Best Crimp and 2 Best Brightness. She won first place ribbons for Produce of Dam and Produced blue ribbon winners for Bred and Owned”


AOBA Getting… Technical

July 14, 2009

AOBA has finally decided to establish a “Communication Task Force” to deal with the disconnect between an unorganized “organization” and it’s member basis- Alpaca breeders at large. I didn’t think much at first about the email notification I received from AOBA board member, Libby Forstner; but, after reading a follow up on another breeder’s blog and giving it a little more consideration, I’ve decided to publicly state “well-done AOBA”. It’s about time too. AOBA is the primary National “mother” organization that acts as an umbrella over all regional affiliates for those of you unfamiliar. The calling card email is posted below:

Dear AOBA Member:
I hope that you are enjoying the summer!
The AOBA Board of Directors has established a Communication Task Force to work on recommendations for improving two-way communication between the Board and the Membership.  This task force will, among other things, look at establishing a replacement for the Affiliate Congress, research better use of the internet and other options for improved two-way communication and consider ways of increasing membership input into important industry decisions.  We will need at least one or two individuals familiar with computers and internet communication options to serve on this committee.  Must be organized and willing to work hard (as a volunteer) in a team setting.  Patience and a sense of humor are a plus! – Libby Forstner

There is no beating around the bush here, the web is an invaluable tool for Alpaca breeders. Whether it be used for marketing and promotion, or simply staying connected with peers in the industry, the internet is the new frontier.

The submission deadline for this volunteer position was on July 11th, so unfortunately it might be too late to apply. However, if you are qualified and fluent in social-networking sites it might be worth while sending Libby a note: libby@alpacafarm.com

Who is tired of "googling" the Alpacaguy?

July 13, 2009

FrustratedUser2.jpgOne of our top visitor leads is from people “googling” our site name, ‘ The Alpaca Guy’. Well google me no longer with our new, easy-to-remember URL: http://www.thealpacaguy.com

I think this reclassifies our professionalism wouldn’t you say? Or, its just easier to remember now…

Who is tired of “googling” the Alpacaguy?

July 13, 2009

FrustratedUser2.jpgOne of our top visitor leads is from people “googling” our site name, ‘ The Alpaca Guy’. Well google me no longer with our new, easy-to-remember URL: http://www.thealpacaguy.com

I think this reclassifies our professionalism wouldn’t you say? Or, its just easier to remember now…

Alpacaguy to Undergo…a Makeover???

July 13, 2009

makeover.jpgSome big changes are coming to the site- alpacaguy… And, it will all begin tomorrow.

Just about two weeks ago I had the sudden urge to finally, after all these years, get a head full of Alpaca facts down on paper (my generation’s term for Microsoft Word). Along the way I’ve vented some frustrations, made industry breeding and sales predictions, and surely opened at least one can of worms. Much to my surprise, I’ve received an inbox full of emails from you, the breeders, encouraging ongoing coverage of our much beloved industry.

So, in that mere fourteen days, we have added three wonderful contributors, all of whom are just as engaged as I am in our own respective topics. We will continue taking applications for administrative and contributing roles, so long as our reader basis continues to grow. Which appears to be the case, as we recently surpassed 1,500 unique visitors on Alpacaguy’s two week anniversary!

Now for the makeover. We will be implementing new features at a staggered pace– so as to evaluate the response from you guys. This process will begin tomorrow, with a formal announcement on our twitter page.

Thanks again guys and gals. Don’t be shy- be heard–comment!

-Coop

A Juggernaut Now Shared Among Behemoths

July 10, 2009
MFI Peruvian Precocious

MFI Peruvian Precocious

Cas-Cad-Nac Farm has recently announced their newly formed partnership with Magical Farms Inc. on 12x Champion, MFI Peruvian Precocious. A dominant force in the White classes while shown, Precocious has yet to prove himself as a herdsire. Nonetheless, new owners Ian and Jennifer Lutz are excited to get him started on their farm this summer.

This is a superb addition to the Cas-Cad-Nac stud row. Precocious adds to their herd one of Magical’s top show bloodlines descending from sire, Jeremiah and dam, multi-champion NWA, LTD Precious.

The selling price is undisclosed.

Both farms will release a “limited number” of breedings at $7,500. Although, I’m sure a waiting list will not be needed at that fee.