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Born: 9 Sept 2006
Gianmarco’s Masterpiece is a real pleasure to have here at Barnacre Alpacas. Sometimes in life you are in the right place at the right time and this happened to us when we had the chance to acquire him and the equally amazing Legend of Spartacus.
The combination of stunning phenotype (physical characteristics), genotype (his sire is Jolimont Gianmarco who is one of the most decorated and consistent males in the Australian show ring, and who cost a record AUS$150,000 for a half share) and a fleece to die for make him a super herdsire. Gianmarco’s 6th fleece is as fine as some baby alpaca fleeces, come and feel it for yourself!
Gianmarco’s Masterpiece liked his own trough at mealtimes and he enjoys the company of his ‘lady friends’. We are absolutely delighted with the cria he is producing for us…
Sadly Gianmarco suffered a heart attack last winter and died, but his amazing progeny will live on to do him proud.
Born: 17 August 2016
Anubis is the second son of Meketaten, and just like his mum (and Dad Darwin) has an amazing rich brown fleece.
He has inherited his mums character and is the mischief of the 2016 cria bunch, this fun loving little rogue will be part of our show team this year, so keep tuned to our twitter and Instagram feeds to see how he gets on.
Born: 16 September 2013
We bought Galapagos as a cria at foot at a month old, he got his name as he is sired by Darwin, our brown herd sire.
Unfortunately on the 4th February 2014 Galapagos broke his leg, it was particularly wet and muddy so the alpacas were coming in at night so they could sleep on a dry floor. Paul let them out of their field and Galapagos arrived at the shed he was holding his foot up and it was clear his leg was broken. He hadn’t slipped as there was no mud or marks on him so what actually occurred is a mystery, but he is now fully covered although a little on the small side as he put his energy into fixing his leg rather than growing.
Despite his tough start Galapagos has done very well for us in the show ring and is the proud owner of a number of rosettes and is a double brown champion! We hope that next he will join our stud line up!
Galapagos is currently adopted by Jakob Lamb, John McPoland and Jessica Rodden.
Born: 21 June 2005
Colour: Light Brown
Full details of the charming Golden Guinea can be found on his stud page.
We searched long and hard for a herd sire to bring colour to the Barnacre breeding programme, and with Golden Guinea we got solid colour; a big, soft fleece; a well proportioned, athletic body; and a friendly, inquisitive personality.
Golden Guinea enjoys the attention of visitors and is quite vocal, happily humming away. His favourite past time is watching the ‘ladies’ over his fence.
He has covered many females, with his first cria born in the Summer of 2009. Since then he has had 10 more cria including 8 here at Barnacre, all are coloured and displaying his chilled out personality with some very impressive fleeces, the best so far has been that of Meketaten (born 2010), officially the second best intermediate brown fleece in the world (we entered the World Alpaca Fleece show in 2012) and triple champion in the showring! He has also given us Ankhesenamun (Anka) born in 2012 and also a triple brown champion in the showring (so far, she is still in the show team!)
Louise Tatum currently adopts Golden Guinea.
Born: 28 June 2007
Colour: Light Fawn
Fourth cria of Duchess and third son, Hughie was the first boy of the Barnacre herd and is our only gelding (castrated male). He is sired (fathered) by Blenheim Gideon. He was born premature and required Debbie’s helping hand and 24 hour care for the first few days of his life. Perhaps because of this, if it’s a butch male alpaca you are looking for then Hughie is definitely not your man. He’s very vocal and enjoys the attention of anyone who enters the paddock. If you only meet one alpaca in your life, make sure it’s Barnacre Hughie, he is super inquisitive and loves meeting ‘his public’.
Catching him in the open isn’t very difficult when he’s stood by your side with his head under your arm! Hughie has a dense buttery apricot coloured fleece with great brightness. He won third place in the junior fawn class at the 2008 Kelso show, Scotland. He was also awarded the best fleece at the 2008 Slayley show – gold star Hughie, very well done! Hugie ended 2008 with 2nd male fawn alpaca at the Westmorland show. 2009 started with 4th place (intermediate fawn male) at the Northumberland show and ended with 4th place (adult fawn male) at the Yorkshire show. Hughie has continued his international superstar status with an appearance in the Morpeth Herlald, and on 15 March 2009 appeared on BBC Countryfile with the rest of the Barnacre herd.
Although, or maybe because of being the only castrated male here at Barnacre, Hughie keep all the other boys in check and plays ‘policeman’!
Born: 16 Nov 2006
We had been aware of Legend of Spartacus for many months when one day we happened to be in the right place at the right time to aquire him and his friend Gianmarco’s Masterpiece.
If we were given the opportunity to ‘design’ a fleece then it would probably look and feel just like Legend’s. It is fine, soft, crimped and very bright. Inquisitive visitors are very welcome to come and experience his quality, and that of his cria, for themselves.
Legend has awe inspiring genetics with the famous Jolimont Commisario for a grand sire enhanced by the amazing EP Cambridge Peruvian Spartacus, arguably the number one Australian herdsire with a super fine, dense fleece and a presence to make you tremble! Full details of Legend can be found on his stud page.
In 2012 Alison and John Wiseman of Balnuith Alpacas based in Tealing, Scotland decided that Legend was going to be ‘their man’ for their very precious ladies, we are now joint owners of Legend with them. Legend is now standing at stud with Alison and John in Scotland and is available for mating services in England and Scotland.
Don’t ask how we found out but he does like to have his chin tickled – what are we like…oh yes and did we mention that he has a neck that is so thick and powerful you wouldn’t believe it?
Legend’s two best cria/offspring so far are his first son, Niveous (born July 2010) and his first daughter, Barnacre Casiphia (born June 2010), who has a great show record culminating in the hat trick of Champion White, best British bred and Supreme Champion at the 2011 Kelso Show.
Born: 12 June 2007
Loki is the third cria and first son of Geena. He is sired (fathered) by Griffin (blue black) and was a big 9.4 kilos at birth. He has a blue black fleece of extreme softness with good character. He is following in the footsteps of his elder multi prize winning half sisters with a 2nd place (junior black) at the 2008 Northumberland show; 1st intermediate black male and black champion at the Scottish National, the Border Union show in Kelso; and 2nd intermediate black male at the Westmorland show. In 2009 Loki was 1st intermediate black male at the Northumberland show and 3rd adult black male at the Yorkshire show.
Loki’s stud career is well underway on the back of his fantastic pedigree, huge ‘tackle’ and show success. Loki is often seen ‘posing’ to Golden Guinea and has his share of the girls. His first ‘date’ was with Kate, our medium grey girl, he has gone on to cover more of the herd, producing some very fine black and grey progeny. Loki has his own stud page and is a great choice for your black or grey girls.
Loki has been adopted by Hazel Luckhurst.
Born: 17 July 2010
This is Minimus, sired by Gianmarco’s Masterpiece and born to Chiquita whilst we were at the 2010 Otterburn Festival in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance. He might just be the cutist alpaca in the world! He was a tiny 4kg at birth, and took nearly a year to reach 14 kg, some of our cria only take a month to do that! At 7 years old he finally hit 40kg fully fleeced.
Minimus continues to grow but remains small in comparision to his friends, not that this holds him back in anyway and he gets more than his fair share of food at feed time!
Perhaps being small saps your energy as Minimus can often be found having a little snooze in the middle of busy shows!
Jessica Nichols, Lauren Downey and Claire Barrass currently adopt Minimus.
Born: 19 July 2014
Born on what would have been Nelson Mandela’s birthday, his name could not have suited him better as little Nelson has had to battle and fight to stay alive after getting suspected heat stroke at a week old.
Despite being almost at weaning age Nelson has only just reached 10kg so it is likely he was weaned late and very short of the minimum 25kg weight we would like to see.
Despite all the injections and medicine he has had in his short life he is very laid back and likes to people watch, especially if he thinks there might be a food on offer!
Nelson is extremely photogenic and will often come up when you crouch down to take my photo so you only get his nose!
One day we are hopeful that Nelson might reach a normal weight, however this is likely to take some considerable time, he has now passed the 30kg mark.
Nelson is currently adopted by Rhian Trott, Ella Hollis, James Park, Flynn Pattison, Nelson and Iain D’Arcy-Sharpe.
Born: 4 July 2010
This is Niveous, first son of Legend of Spartacus and definitely one to watch! Niveous has a fantastically dense fleece, which even at an early age showed immense promise although with his dam (mum) being Little Miss Irraquoy, probably no surprise! Also, check out his pose, he know’s he’s hot! Mind you with predigree including NWA Ltd Ruffo, Jolimont Commisario and EP Cambridge Peruvian Spartacus his phenotype (physical characteristics) has to be special to match his genetics.
Niveous was first shown at the July 2011 Border Union show at Kelso, where he was awarded 1st intermediate white male, losing out on white champion to his half sister (also from Legend of Spartacus), Casiphia, who went on to be white champion, best of British and the overall show Supreme Champion. Talk about sibling rivalry!
Born: 13 September 2014
Oscar (meaning jumping fighter) was born after the longest ever Barnacre gestation of 410 days, 342 is the average! Despite this long gestation he only weighed 4.68kg.
He had a plasma infusion within a few hours of birth and that gave him the strength to lift up his head and feed from a bottle (mum didn’t have any milk).
It was a few days before he was strong enough to stand and his hips weren’t quite right but with persistence and determination we got them sorted, but then he developed an ulcer in his eye, which we cleared up but then his eye ruptured and his iris was protruding. After a corneal graft his eye healed slowly, as he then developed a cyst! Other than a little bulge on his eye you’d never know anything had occurred now!
Oscar is one of our regular walk and talk volunteers and a frequent traveller to the markets with the knitwear.
Oscar has been adopted by Donna Doidge, Mercedes Suffolk, Mick Styles and Jill Murray.
Born: 27 July 2012
Colour: Dark Fawn
Pablo is sired by the super friendly Golden Guinea and born to Chiquita so it is not surprising that he is super chilled, very friendly and one of the cutist alpaca in the world! Like his brothers Minimus and Pasha he was small at birth, so was given a name meaning small, he is bigger than his older brother Minimus though!
Pablo has a fine dense fleece which has been recognised in the show ring with two shows attended and two second place rosettes. Hopefully he will join the stud line up in 2017 and follow in his fathers footsteps.
Pablo is currently adopted by Gill Raine, Michelle, Henry Howmans, Irene Tough, Bailey, Jonny McGuigan and Sam Needham.
Born: 9th June 2015
Colour: Light Brown
Ra is an all round amazing alpaca, both his fleece and conformation are exemplary and his character is fabulous too, it’s no wonder he’s done so well in the show ring, a number of 1st place rosettes, a brown championship ship and an overall reserve champion sash too; what a star! He just needs to grow up now and he will be a fantastic addition to our stud line up in 2018; alpaca breeding is a slow processes!
Ra is currently adopted by Christine Styles and Liam Oakes.
Colour: Rose Grey
Sunburst is an amazing Australian bred grey boy who was a fantastic purchase back in 2012.
He is a five times undefeated champion and has a fantastic personality to go with his amazingly stunning fleece. He has now sired a number of offspring, including grey, fawn, white and black babies.
So far his offspring who have entered the show ring have collected a number of rosette and a few champion and reserve champion sashes which include winning grey male champion, grey reserve male champion and female black Champion.
Sunburst is currently adopted by Alun Jones and Evie Gallon.
Born: 11 May 2012
As his name would suggest Thor was born during a storm which is unusual for alpacas, but with the help of Debbie and a towel he was soon doing just fine.
After a successful Show career, which rounded off with a Supreme Champion award at the 2014 Westmorland County Show it is hoped that Thor will join our stud line up and pass on his, in the words of one of the judges “orgasmic fleece” characteristics to his off spring, sadly in 2015 he didn’t have much of a clue with the ladies but eventually towards the end of the mating season in 2016 he finally twigged so we are looking forward to our first Thor babies in summer 2017!
Thor is currently adopted by Erin Robson, Dan Shuttleworth, Connie Spittlehouse, Charlotte Wilcock, Aaron Daye, Mark & Sam Hobrough and Charlie Kane.