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Born: 2 March 2006
Imported from Australia Allie has fantastic genetics, including the world renowned Jolimont Conquistador, she also has an equally impressive fleece.
She is a bit of a spitty alpaca, despite being a big girl she is quite nervous in nature, which results in her spitting when feeling threatened, which can be half way through happily eat carrots from your hands! She is also quite territorial so doesn’t like other alpacas invading her space; this also leads to them being spat at!
Allie currently has a lovely white boy at foot and all being well is currently pregnant again to Supreme Champion Thor.
Born: 8 June 2011
From our Supreme Champion Legend of Spartacus and Willow who has produced a Champion (Chiquita), Angelica is a very welcome addition to the Barnacre herd.
She is quite nervous of strangers although will still approach you (after someone else has first) and likes her fair share at feeding times and will happily eat carrots from visitors hands.
Unsurprisingly Angelica first fleece was classified as ultra fine measuring 120mm with a mean of 17.7 microns, a 4.1 standard deviation and only 0.3% of fibres over 30 microns. Stunning! She has gone on to be a valued member of our breeding program.
Angelica is currently adopted by Ella Jayne Hollis, Glenys & Ann Armitage.
Colour: Light Fawn
Amatta is absolutely bonkers, she loves to paddle and lie in water, she’s not fussy if the paddling pool isn’t out then the water troughs will do! She has passed this trait on to her two sons too!
She is a fabulous mum who currently has her first daughter at foot who we have called Kamato. She is pregnant again to Darwin in the hope of producing a carbon copy of this years baby.
Her fleece has been blended with her best friend Shaylee to create a warm rich golden fawn yarn.
Born: 4 June 2012
One of our best homebred girls, a triple brown Champion in the show ring and a fanstastic chilled out personality! If your Egyptian history is up to scratch you will know that Queen Nefertiti’s third daughter was called Ankhesenamen who later became the Queen of Tutankhamun. And seeing as Ankha is our Nefertiti’s third daughter the same seems very fitting. If you have seen Barnacre out ‘n’ about at the various shows and fayres we went to in 2013 then chances are you bumped into Ankha. She is so chilled out and friendly. Don’t be deceived though, she has a stubborn streak and if she doesn’t want to go somewhere then she doesn’t want to go!
Ankha has a fabulous brown fleece, very dense and lovely crimp. One of the show judges when she won one of her brown championships suggested that anyone wanting to breed coloured alpacas should check out Ankha, praise indeed! Her first fleece measured an ultrafine 17 micons with a 3.3 standard deviation and a 100% comfort factor – nice!
Ankha produced three stunning babies so far, all brown her first being a boy the second a girl and the third a boy. This year Ankha has been mated to Sandstorm.
Ankha has been adopted by Hazel Willoughby.
Born: 5th June 2014
Colour: Medium Fawn
Aryana is a very entertaining girl who loves to come running up to all visitors clucking and flirting!
She loves carrot (just like her mum Kimchee!) and is usually at the front of the queue if she sees treats on offer and being pregnant she thinks she’s entitled to all of them!
Aryana became a mum for the first time last year and loved it, her son Esca was the youngest of the year but like his mum he grew fast so soon overtook a number of the other babies in size and weight.
Born: 18 June 2008
Colour: Dark Fawn
A bit of a nervous girl, Bambi joined us here at Barnacre in 2013 with her daughter Beverley. Since then she has given birth to another two daughters, Isla who is just like her mum and barges through anyone if they get in the way and Flossie who is great at disappearing into the herd!
We think Bambi as actually white with a fawn spot that covers her whole body as no mater what colour stud we mate her too we only seem to get white babies, but so far they have been all girls which is good.
Born: 26th May 2014
Belle has a fantastic bright white fleece with amazing crimp and did very well for us in the show ring.
Born: 15 September 2011
Scared and clearly very nervous when she arrived here at Barnacre with her mum, Bambi, in 2013. Since then she has gained much more confidence and has grown quickly and nicely, obviously a fan of living at altitude at Liberty Hill Farm!
Beverley currently has a sweet little girl Dixie (she was the tenth baby of the year) at foot, sired by Gianmarco’s Masterpeiece.
Beverley and her full sister Isla are very close and so we blended their fleeces with their mum Bambi and have made lots of beautiful knitwear that you can find in our online shop, on farm, or when we are out ‘n’ about with our animals and knitwear.
Born: 1 January 2003
Colour: Medium Fawn
Carol is an absolute fruit loop, bonkers, mad, take your pick, all describe her perfectly! She joined us here at Barnacre in 2012 with her daughter Gypsy (the main reason for the purchase!). She was a fantastic mum and super protective of her baby and everyone else’s meaning that on weigh day we would get spat at! However if you get hold of Carol she becomes so nervous she wets herself every time.
Despite two negative pregnancy scans by the vet in 2014, Carols’ lack interested in boys Sunburst was clearly du to the fact she was actually pregnant. She should produce the first Sunburst baby named Invisible Sam!
in 2015 Carol gave birth to a fawn girl called Savanna from our brown stud Darwin and this year she is having a year off as she is getting older it takes her longer to recover from caring for her babies which she does very well.
Born: 19 June 2010
Casiphia is the result of a magical union between two of our top alpacas, Veruschka and Legend of Spartacus. She is Legend’s (and Veruschka’s) first daughter and we are very proud of her.
Unsurprisingly her fleece has great character and density. She was the shiest of the 2010 cria although has the best fleece!
Casiphia blew the judges and crowd away at the 2011 Border Union show at Kelso, the first time we have shown her. She was awarded 1st intermediate white female, white champion, best of British and Supreme Champion – what a girl! Her first fleece was then shown at the 2011 Scottish National fleece show where it scored a brilliant 80.5 and was awarded 2nd place junior white in a huge class of 25.
Her second fleece measured 135mm with a mean of 21.8, standard deviation of 4.1 and only 3.1% of fibres over 30 microns.
Casiphia has only ever had male cria so fingers crossed we get a girl this year!
Born: 2 August 2007
First cria (Spanish for baby) and daughter of Willow, she sticks by her side and exhibits two of her personality traits: she is slow to the feeding troughs and when she gets there she rolls around on her back kicking her legs about! Her name is Spanish for ‘the little one’ and she was certainly a small baby at 5.96kg. The birth was a long two hours (less than one is more normal), but she was up and feeding in about 15 minutes.
Chiquita’s fleece, inherited from her sire Blenheim Gideon is amazing with a bright copper/golden sheen close to her skin, the quality was recognised during the 2008 show season where she won ribbons in all four shows she attended, including Northumberland show where she was 2nd junior fawn female and reserve champion (details of shows can be found on the NEBAG website) at the Border Union show, Kelso, she was awarded 1st place junior fawn. In 2009 Chiquita was awarded 5th place (intermediate fawn) at the BAS National show and 4th place at the Northumberland show.
Chiquita has acquired Willow’s features and has the most adorable long eye lashes. Her weight fluctuated between 18 and 20kg for several weeks and we were concerned that something might be wrong. So we asked our vet to check her over and took advice from some fellow alpaca breeders. The vet confirmed she was in good health and over the next few days we gave her a vitamin B12 injection; increased her vitamin A, D and E paste; put her on the last bit of fresh grass available (the back lawn!), laid on the best hay and finally gave her some ‘jump start’ (more vitamins). We have no idea which one or combination worked but her weight stabilised and started to tick up (23.7kg on 10 May) and on 3 March she decided to eat from the trough for the first time. Although still quite small for her age she is healthy and has won ribbons at shows! Her size didn’t stop her from being desperate to be mated and because she is such a good girl we put her to Gianmarco’s Masterpiece in August 2009 the product was an absolute cracker, a fawn male we called Minimus who was a tiny 4kg at birth, but who doubled in weight in the first 3 weeks. Is he the cutist alpaca ever? Her 2012 cria is another cracking fawn boy (sire Golden Guinea) called Pablo, in 2013 she gave birth to another stunning fawn boy Pasha, this time from Sandstorm and in 2015 it was a lovely rose grey boy from Sunburst called Chiquito.
Chiquita is having a year off being pregnant this year as we like her to have her babies in the early summer so will be mated in the spring.
Chiquita has been adopted by Paula Hewitt, Tracey McLoone, Caitlyn Dewar, Lauren Hallam and Rach White.
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Born: 19 August 2013
Diamanta is a stunning white girl born with an abundance of white curly fleece and the cutest face. She has a lovely chilled out personality thanks to her mum, Pressure, who is one of the friendliest pregnant alpacas on the farm who will happily approach strangers in the field.
She has some of the best Austrian genetics going, including Purrumbete Highlander and Jolimont Encantador . Diamanta is part of our 2014 show team, and was awarded 3rd place Junior White Female at Northumberland County Show in May. She will hopefully do even better at Westmorland County Show and Thirsk later in the year now she has grown a bit!
Born: 24th June 2008
Divinity was one of our purchases from the first ever Alpaca Classic auction. She is a shy girl with a fantastically fine bright white fleece.
So far she has only every produced us boys to date so this year we are hoping that she will finally have a daughter.
Born: 27th May 2013
Colour: Light Fawn
Elfrida is the only daughter to date of Little Miss Irraquoy and is very close to her mum. Just like her mum and her brothers (with the exception of Jasper) likes to look down her nose at you knowing she is something special.
After a successful show career which included being a double Light Champion Elfrida has now joined our breeding program is currently pregnant to our brown stud boy Darwin, who has sired us a number of brown champions, a fawn champion and a supreme champion so we are hoping for good things!
Colour : Dark Rose Grey
Eclipse was the first grey cria from our multiple grey champion Sunburst and as with all of Geena (her mum) babies she required bottle top ups as mum didn’t produce enough milk.
She is a friendly girls who loves to be hand fed rather than share a feed trough with the other girls. Shas been very slow growing so has not been mated as yet.
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Born: 26 May 2011
Colour: Medium Grey
Some alpacas are shy and nervous, Emery is bonkers! Sired by Loki, our black stud and from Kate, our grey import with attitude, we didn’t know how she would turn out.
Would you believe that she weighed a whopping 11.36kg at birth! The placenta was huge as well weighing in at 5.11kg. That means Kate was carrying over a quarter of her body weight in baby!!!
Emery is very nosey and approaches you in the paddock, carrot is her favourite treat!
Her fleece is classified as ‘medium grey’ although it is the spitting image of her mum, a steely blue colour and beautifully soft measuring 110mm with a mean of 21.7 microns, a 4.2 standard deviation and only 3.7% of fibres over 30 microns. Brilliant!
Emery Has been adopted by Hazel Luckhurst.
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Born: 16 August 2010
Our first daughter from Gianmarco’s Masterpiece, mum Oonagh has also done us proud with Freyja, the last cria of 2010.
Freyja was a text book delivery and weighed in at a healthy 7.6kg. Her name is from Norse mythology and is associated with love, beauty and fertility. We had better watch out though becuase in one poem, an ‘aggressive exchange’ takes place between Loki and Freyja – we hope not!
Rather strangely, Freyja constantly followed the (unrelated) black Geena morning, day and night. For this she received no thanks whatsoever, but she kept doing it. Strange, but funny so we decided to blend their fleece to produce a lovely light grey soft year.
Freyja has been adopted by Nicole Hussein, Katie Ellison,Esme Howmans and Amber Shaw.
Born: 21 May 2002
Colour: Medium Fawn
Where Gabby leads, Imala follows. She joined us on 5th October 2007 and is not the easiest alpaca to catch causing havoc in the field shelter, although she is fine when we do get hold of her. Athletic, strong and with a well defined physique, Gabby is also blessed with a beautiful fawn fleece: 21.9μ, SD 5.8, CV 26.4%, 7.3% > 30 microns (2003). Gabby is very partial to browsing the tree line.
We have noticed that Gabby spends a lot of time looking over the paddock fence – we wonder what she can see?! Gabby gave brith to a male cria in 2009, Duke who now lives with Jayne at Zanzibah alpacas in Scotland. On 3 July 2010 Gabby gave birth to Lady Godiva, sire Golden Guinea, and what a friendly character she is – not like her previous two mummy’s boy siblings! In 2011 Gabby gave birth to another fawn girl who we called Nadia. 2012 saw Gabby give birth to a fawn boy and in honour of London2012 he is called Olly Impic, well he was born on the day of the opening ceremony! In 2013 she produced a little Mini-Me from Sandstorm who we have named Minnie and her 2015 baby is a gorgeous looking boy we have named Donald.
Born: 12 August 2002
Geena is a very vocal alpaca, she can be nervous around strangers and is a protective mother who is very close to her offspring and dislikes change. During the first week at Barnacre Geena hummed constantly, but is now very settled, so much so that close encounters like the one on the left are not uncommon!
Geena has multiple prize winning progeny and a great solid black fleece: 25.9μ, SD 4.4, CV 16.8%, 11.7% > 30 microns (2003). Geena struggles to produce enough milk for her cria so they require topping up by bottle, this proved to be challenging with Gaussian, you can read all about it on our blog. On 27 July 2010 Geena gave birth to Rory, a cream boy from Gianmarco’s Masterpiece. In 2011 she gave birth to Brinley, a brown boy sired by Golden Guinea. 2012 saw Geena give us a surprise when she finished off her pregnancy to a black male and gave birth to a fawn boy! Colour is as much an art as it is a science when it comes to alpacas!
Finally in 2013 Geena produced us a little girl who we have called Patience, well we had to have plenty of it to wait for a daughter from her! in 2014 she had another daughter Eclipse to our multiple grey champion Sunburst.
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Golden Dawn is…
Born: 8 December 2007
Colour: Medium Fawn
Born in Australia Duchess joined the Barnacre herd in late 2013 as part of a group purchase. Since arriving she has settled in to life in the North, when she first arrived she was a very shy girl keeping well away from any human interaction, now she is happy to take carrot from our hand although is still wary of being held. Her greatest pastime is paddling in puddles, the muddier the better, so if they aren’t muddy to start with she has to dance in them first!!
Despite being 9 years old Duchess has never had a cria, this is such a shame as she has a lovely fleece and some fantastic genetics including Jolimont Sculptor and Purrumbete El Dorado.
Born: 21 June 2012
A lovely dark brown girl out of Bozedown Bourbon who has been on the show circuit along side Ankha, which has meant she has come second every time, not that she cares, she loves to show herself off! When tested her fleece measured an ultrafine 18.2 microns with a standard deviation of 4.1 and a 99.4% comfort value, which is fantastic for a dark brown.
Gypsy has a mischievous personality and is one of the first over to check out visitors, mainly to see if there is any carrot on offer!
With her show career now over Gypsy is now a valued member of our breeding program.
Born: 1 July 2004
Colour: Medium Fawn
Imala has a great pedigree winning 2nd place as junior (6-12 months) fawn female at the 2005 Northumberland show and then first place as intermediate (12-24 months) fawn female at the 2005 Scottish national show. She is a very calm alpaca and will let you stroke her in the paddock, especially if you have a carrot! Imala is glued to the side of her (unrelated) friend Gabby.
She had her first cria, Aodhfin (“Ay-fin”) on 17 June 2009. She has a fantastically soft and dense fleece: 22.3μ, SD 5.4, CV 24.4%, 9.6% > 30 microns (2005). On 15 July 2010 Imala gave birth to Wynfor (“Win-vor”) a super white boy from Legend of Spartacus. In 2012 Imala produced Jam-Packed for us, a super fawn boy from Gianmarco’s Masterpiece.
Finally Imala has produced a daughter we named Pixie, she was topped up with goats milk as Imala isn’t able to give her enough milk to get her gaining weight, so that was the end of Imalas breeding career.
Born: 13 August 2013
Isla is a dainty white girl born to the most protective of mums, Bambi, which meant the earlier weeks were ‘interesting’ at the evening weigh in and putting her coat on (affectionately called her pyjamas!). .
In the first week of January Isla unfortunately broke her front leg after being pushed again one of the hay hecks. After five weeks in two different casts all had heeled well only for it to unexpectedly break again in exactly the same place. She underwent surgery to have a plate inserted into her leg and a bone graft from her hip and is recovering well. Fingers crossed this will be the end of her troubles. Luckily for us she is much more chilled out than her mum and is very accepting of her treatment.
Three years on Isla is now (hopefully) pregnant for the first time, so fingers crossed for a new addition in the summer.
Isla is currently adopted by Sue Dobson, Megan and Penny Round.
Born: 1 January 2005
Colour: Medium Grey
Allegedly an adult, Kate loves to play chase with the young alpacas, even though she is the resident grump and spitter. She was expecting her first cria in March 2008 (hence the ‘bump’ in the January 2008 photo) from Hornblower of Farrlacey. Unfortunately she gave birth over a month early to a very small 4kg black girl that only lived for a few minutes. Sometimes alpacas hold on to ‘problem’ babies like this and it is not very nice for all concerned. Kate was remated to Hornblower again and on 20 May 2009 gave birth to Midnight Star, an energetic little dark grey girl with Kate’s white face.
Kate loves to throw herself at the haystack in the field shelter, much to the annoyance of everyone else. She also thinks that she is entitled to her own 9 foot trough at meal times and refuses to share with anyone else. Despite, or maybe because of travelling thousands of miles with Mary, they have regular disagreements and ‘spit offs’. Kate has a lovely soft fleece (2nd fleece): 21.3 microns with 3.2% > 30 microns, this was acknowledged at the 2008 BAS Hope fleece show where she was awarded third place (grey fleece). At the 2009 BAS National show Kate was awarded 2nd grey fleece. Kate produced a lovely brown son called Ochre in 2010 from Golden Guinea. In 2011 Kate gave birth to Emery, a super grey girl sired by Loki. In 2012 Kate and Loki blessed us with a big and super grey boy that we (or rather Jeannine and Craig who reserved him at just 24 hours old!) have called Indigo, now he is trouble! She currently has another big grey boy at foot Earl Grey who just like the rest of her off spring is full of mischief!
Born: 1 September 2009
Kealani was our last born cria of 2009 but she has plenty of attitude, although she always looks very sad. Her sire is the Supreme Champion EP Cambridge Samson of Wellground Alpacas.
She was just like her mum, Oonagh, and refused to eat hard feed for months, even after weaning. Her favourite past-time was neck wrestling with Sandstorm and is now following her mum round the paddock…
Kealani is pregnant to our Supreme Champion stud, Legend of Spartacus and is due to give birth in June 2016.
Born: 21 July 2010
Colour: Light Fawn
Kimchee is a big but gentle girl with a lovely dense fleece which is retaining it’s fineness. She is a super nosy girl who is always first out of an open gate and happy to eat from anyone’s hand.
Kimchee currently has a big black male cria at foot Stargazer, from Darwin, who has grown fantastically well and just like his mum is super nosy and loves carrot! Kimchee was remated to Darwin so we are hoping for a female version of Stargazer this year.
Her third fleece measured an fine 21.2 micons with a 4.5 standard deviation and a 96.8% comfort factor, this is great for a breeding female.
Born: 3 July 2010
Colour: Dark Fawn
What a super combination from Gabby and Golden Guinea. Lady Godiva is a very uniform shade of fawn with good character in the fleece. Her darker skin features are a welcome bonus too. As with all the Guinea cria she is also super friendly and is one of the first to come and greet you in the paddock after she leaves the edge of any water course!
A real charmer, Lady Godiva will melt your heart and she has a fabulous fleece with her second measuring 120mm, 20.7 microns, a standard deviation of 4.8 and only 4.4% over 30 microns. Excellent!
Now owned by Castleside Alpacas.
Born: 3 June 2010
Colour: Mid Brown
From the union of Willow and Inca of Fowberry, Layla is a shade of brown that is a welcome addition to the Barnacre knitwear range. Note her dark skin features.
She has a healthy appetite and is same rotund shape as her mum and sister Chiquita. Layla is the most wary of all of Willow’s daughters, but she has proved to be a fantastic first time mum who all grow at a fantastic rate.
Born: 29 May 2012
Liberty was the first girl born at our new farm, Liberty Hill which is how she got her name.
Just like her mum, Mary, she is super chilled out, likes to come and say ‘hello’ when you enter the paddock and is rather greedy. As a baby she stripped so much condition off her mum we had to resort to topping her up with a bottle!
She is hopefully pregnant to our multiple grey champion stud Sunburst, she wasn’t very convincing with her spit offs!
Liberty has been adopted by Paige & Ffion Norris-Howe and Gill Pearson.
Born: 26 May 2012
What a super addition to the herd Lily was, she is a very uniform shade of grey, very fine just like her mum and with good character in the fleece.
A real flirt, Lily likes to come clucking to visitors, she knows we love greys and shows her self off very well. Before joining the breeding program she had a very successful showing career during which time she collected a number of rosettes.
Lily has proved to be a lovely mum taking her responsibility well, she is currently pregnant to Boulevarde and we are looking forward to her next baby in the Spring.
Lily is currently adopted by Pat Butler, Peter Denton and Beth and Lily Greenwood.
Born: 3 September 2006
EP Cambridge Little Miss Irraquoy was acquired by us at the 2008 British Alpaca Futurity elite auction on 16 February 2008. She is the stunning result of multi-award winning Australian sire Eringa Park Peruvian Irraquoy (sire: NWA Ltd. Ruffo) and dam EP Cambridge Yola (sire: Jolimont Picasso). Irraquoy was pregnant to Australian import Cambridge Buckingham (sire: Jolimont Commisario and dam: Cambridge Trinity) but unfortunately did not hold it. This meant a 14 hour round trip in May to start again. Irraquoy is correct in frame and has an extremely fine, dense fleece, justifying ‘best white female’ at the 2007 Three Counties Show and 3rd white junior female at the 2007 South of England show. From the minute Irraquoy arrived at Barnacre she settled in and knows she is very special! Her first fleece at 11 months was: 18.2μ, SD 4.6, CV 25.3%, 1.9% > 30 microns (2007). In 2009 despite being one of our smaller girls Little Miss Irraquoy clipped the heaviest fleece which was awarded 2nd place (intermediate white) at the 2008 BAS Hope fleece show – pipped at the post by our very special white stud male, Legend of Spartacus, to who she gave birth to a son, Niveous on 4 July 2010. LMI was awarded 4th place at the 2009 BAS National fleece show.
In 2012 LMI gave birth to Pepe, sired by Gianmarco’s Masterpiece, and in 2013 his full sister Elfrida arrived. In 2015 Irraquoy had her baby on a not very nice day and because she likes to have them early her new son got very cold so ended up in front of the Aga! Keano (aka Gorgeous) has been partially bottle fed ever since.
Born: 25 June 2008
A beautiful white girl from the exciting combination of Mr and Mrs Muscle (EPC Top Account and Blossom), the future is big and bright for Lualeni. She popped out in classic rapid Blossom style and was up and about in minutes. Lualeni was 8.72kg at birth, by 12 July had risen fast to 14.2kg, including 2.3kg in one week! On 23 August she was 23.3kg and posted the fastest weight gain of all our cria – that’s the power of Blossom’s milk for you! Big sister Oonagh was her constant chaperone – no wonder the boys stayed clear! She was weaned on 14 December 2008.
Lualeni, just like her sister Oonagh inherited Blossom’s ‘grumble’, but unlike Oonagh, Lualeni began eating Camelibra supplement at an early stage.
With a fantastically bright white fleece, Lualeni had a great start to her showing career. She was awarded 3rd junior white at the 2009 BAS National show in a huge class, 2nd at the Northumberland show and 2nd intermediate white female at the 2009 Kelso show. At the 2009 Yorkshire show she was 1st intermediate white female and champion white female. Lualeni also achieved 4th place intermediate white at the very competitive (268 entries) 2010 Scottish National fleece show. Her second fleece stats are amazing at 16.0μ, SD 2.9, CV 18.4%, 0.4% > 30 microns and a 52.9º curvature. As a special reward we mated her in 2010 with Gianmarco’s Masterpiece and they produce Neelie, a super white girl.
Her third fleece was shown at the 2011 Scottish National fleece show and was awarded 1st white adult with a score of 83.5 in a hugely competitive class of 14.
2012 and a pregnancy to Gianmarco’s Masterpiece saw Lualeni give birth to Thor (Norse God of thunder) a cracking white boy of whom we have high hopes and in 2013 she produced another white boy, Hunterlee (named after on of our hills) to Legend of Spartacus and in 2015 she gave birth to Fiorella, full sister to Thor.
Born: 21 May 2010
Lucia is our first ever black girl born at Barnacre, from Mary and Warramunga Downs Miguel of Fowberry.
Just like her mum, Mary, she is super chilled out and likes to come and say ‘hello’ when you enter the paddock. Black fleece shots are so difficult to take and we hope the one shown her does her justice.
Sadly Lucia died in January 2014 having suffered a broken leg. Unfortunately the compound fracture resulted in an infection which we were unable to fight off.
Born: 1 January 2004
Mary, Mary quite contrary. Mary is tolerant of humans, dislikes all alpacas (except for her current cria) and is usually second to last at feeding times, sometimes by several minutes. When she does arrive she insists in eating from our hand and is at the centre of any disagreement, which then results in her spitting her food everywhere. When she joined us she was very thin, since then good eating and the later stages of pregnancy transformed her shape as you can see in the pictures opposite. Mary has a wonderfully soft fleece (3rd fleece): 19.3 microns with 2.8% >30 microns. In 2007/8 Mary was pregnant to Hornblower of Farrlacey, she was due on 12 March 2008 and on 5 May the big day finally arrived when Horatio (solid black) was born – contrary Mary indeed! Mary has produced us a super black daughter in 2010 called Lucia from Warramunga Downs Miguel. Mary and Loki produced a super black girl called Celestial in 2011.
2012 and Mary produced our first (black) girl at our new place, Liberty Hill Farm, and so fittingly she is called Liberty. Within hours of being born she was introducing herself to alpacas and humans alike and she is still doing this now five years later.
Sadly Mary choked to death late in 2015.
Born: 15 June 2010
If you are up to scratch on Egyptian Pharaoh history then it will not be a surprise to discover that Nefertiti’s second daughter we called Meketaten.
She has a lovely crimpy brown fleece and a trusting personality inherited from her sire, Golden Guinea.
Her first ever show was the 2011 Border Union show at Kelso. She came away with 1st intermediate brown girl, brown Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion (one of our other 2010 girls, Casiphia was Supreme Champion) – pretty amazing for a brown – and she is!
In the 2011 Westmorland show she was also 1st intermediate brown girl and brown Champion. The judge, Liz Barlow, was so impressed she awarded a ‘special award’ of the show (the only one!) to Meketaten – what a superstar! Liz described the feel of her fleece as running your hand through a silk carpet and suggested that breeders and public alike should check her out, which they duly did!
Her first fleece was entered in the 2011 Scottish National fleece show and was awarded 1st place junior brown with a superb score of 75.5 beating many of the whites!
Her second fleece measured 100mm and 24.5 microns, with a standard deviation of 4.8 and 10.3% over 30 microns. Nice!
Meketaten is the proud mum to Murphy, Tiaa and last year Anubis.
She is currently adopted by Matt Woodall
Born: 20 May 2009
Colour: Dark Grey
Midnight Star is the first alpaca visitors comment on here at Barnacre. She has distinguished markings passed on from grey mum, Kate.
From almost the minute she was born Midnight Star has been running, pronking and doing her trademark leap in the air followed by a click of her back legs. She is bonkers! Star and Loki produced a super black boy in 2011 called Seymour (Chris – named in your honour!) who we have high hopes for.
2012 and the Star/Loki combination produced a lovely black girl we called Venus – now she is a mighty handful, a wild child! 2014 has seen her produce another lovely daughter Eris, this time Fawn who is a cheeky little thing.
Born: 12 July 2011
Colour: Dark Fawn
Sired by Golden Guinea and from Gabby, Nadia is full sister to the ‘melt your heart’ Lady Godiva. They obviously attended the same charm school and have very similar fleece statistics too. Whilst Lady Godiva is now pregnant and has new owners, Nadia is doing just nicely here at Barnacre if you want to come and meet her.
Her first fleece measured 120mm, with a mean of 20.4 microns, standard deviation of 4.7 and only 4.4% of fibres over 30 microns.
Nadia is now the proud mum of Flash Dance a lovely fawn girl from Sunburst.
Born: 20 April 2011
A very pretty and soft fleeced girl from Lualeni and our very fine white stud, Gianmarco’s Masterpiece.
Born quite early in the year for us at Barnacre and at 322 days gestation (quite early) she was born modestly at 5.96kg and has grown nicely ever since.
Her fleece is lovely with the first one measuring 110mm, with a mean of ultra fine 17.5 microns, 3.3 standard deviation (fantastic) and only 0.2% under 30 microns. Absolutely smashing we think, what do you?
We are hoping that we have finally got Neelie pregnant, but time will tell!
Born: 8 August 2005
Colour: Dark Brown
Barnacre knitwear is created using natural alpaca fleece with no dyes. We are keen to explore the 22 recognised alpaca colours and so on 27 August 2008 welcomed Nefertiti (sire: Peruvian Kim), who is dark brown, to our herd.
A bit of a loner on occasions, Nefertiti spends a lot of time round the hay manger, she is very easy to handle.
We named her first cria Sienna (after burnt sienna, a warm mid brown iron oxide pigment) and she is light brown in colour with a beautifully soft fleece. Nefertiti produced a super brown daughter in 2010 we have called Meketaten from our brown herdsire Golden Guinea.
In 2011 the same mating combination produced a super brown boy we called Spadicious, what a friendly chap he is! 2012 and Nefertiti gave birth to…are you ready for this…Ankhesenamun…more Egyptian history lessons required! By the way, Ankha (“An-ker”) is a super brown girl.
Born: 18 June 2007
Oonagh is Irish for ‘lamb’ and derived from the Latin una meaning “one”. The first cria of Blossom (and Barnacre Alpacas) from the union with Blenheim Fernando, she is very placid and is happy to be stroked in the paddock. She used to follow mum into the field shelter at feeding time and preferred Blossom’s milk to our camelid supplement – complaining continuously if she wasn’t allowed any. Blossom got a bit fed up with Oonagh’s constant drinking and kept sitting on her head so we weaned her and within two weeks she started eating camelid supplement with an appetite her mum would be proud of! Oonagh, more than any of our other alpacas, loves to roll in the dirt, we think she secretly wants to be brown! Oonagh was 4th place (junior white) at the 2008 Northumberland show and 2nd (intermediate) at Kelso. Oonagh has gone on to produce us four great white cria so far.
Oonagh hates to share a trough and would rather go without than get involved in the pushing and shoving that occurs at meal times. She will come and see if you saved her any food to take from your hand, if not she will wander off ‘grumbling’ back to the hay.
Oonagh is currently adopted by ‘mum and dad’ Channon and Hazel Luckhurst.
Born: 5 August 2013
We had a long wait for Patience, hence her name, lets just say she has lots of brothers, including our black stud Loki.
Just like her mum Geena, Patience is a very vocal alpaca and likes to be close to the herd despite having no particular best friend.
She had her first cria in 2016 called Maiko, who was very big and made things quite tight for her mum during labour. She also proved to be one of the fastest growing babies of the year and was weaned just prior to being six months old due to her mums drop in condition.
Unfortunately it turned out Patience’ drop in condition was due to a jaw infection which surfaced just after weaning and grew at an immense pace. Sadly x-rays have shown that the damage to her jaw is inoperable and we are therefore having to manage her condition with daily antibiotics and close supervision. Thankfully she has gained some condition and we are hoping we can keep Patience happy and eating for a long time to come, however time will tell.
Patience is currently adopted by Hazel Luckhurst.
Born: 31 December 2005
Pressure is a lovely girl, fantastic genetics, adorable personality, great fleece for her age and wonderful mothering skills; what more could you want.
Pressure joined the Barnacre herd in the summer of 2013 and settled in immediately, despite being only a few weeks away from birth and having been moved about a fair bit she as still happy to come and greet you at the field gate and was so relaxed it is an absolute pleasure to be round her.
She has been a fantastic mother not only to her own cria Diamanta but also Czara who’s mum sadly died very shortly after arriving here. Feeding two cria has taken it’s toll on Pressure’s condition so she is receiving extra rations to try and build her back up and is having another year off being pregnant.
Born: 21 July 2008
Our last born cria of 2008 and what a cracker! Colour genetics are so tricky and unpredictable in alpacas so the dark fawn spot on (mum) Duchess could have presented challenges. However, we were blessed with a beautiful solid brown girl from the union of Duchess and Inca.
Birth weight was 7.6kg however she quickly put on weight and her first ten days saw the fastest weight gain of all that years cria. By 3 August she was 10.9kg and had overtaken Gaussian who was 2 weeks older and had a heavier birth weight! By 30th September she had risen to 22.4kg.
When weaned, Mallika, just like her mum took things in her stride and was not in the slightest bit concerned by the separation or the ride on the quad!
At the 2009 Yorkshire show she was 2nd intermediate fawn female and reserve champion fawn female.
Princess Mallika and Legend of Spartacus produced a super white girl for us in 2011 called Ellie-May. In 2012 Mallika gave us a real scare which you can read about on our blog posting titled a miracle.
Mallika is now owned by Milburn Alpacas and lives up in Scotland.
Born: 29 May 2008
Colour: Light Brown
We named Nefertiti’s first cria Sienna (after burnt sienna, a warm mid brown iron oxide pigment) and she is light brown in colour with a beautifully soft fleece. Her sire is Yellowstone of Purston (deceased), a fantastic Chilean mid fawn imported from the US.
Sienna is a little squealer when handled and was was weaned on 14 December 2008.
At the 2009 Westmorland show she was 1st intermediate brown female and at the Yorkshire show she was 1st intermediate brown female and champion brown female.
Sienna was mated to Golden Guinea and produced a delightful fawn girl called Sahara in 2011. In 2012 she produced a fawn boy called Kirkley (sire Gianmarco’s Masterpiece). Sienna is now owned by Rivenherd Alpacas.
Born: 15 July 2012
Colour: Mid Grey
Strawberry was one of Debbie’s little purchases at the 2013 British Alpaca Futurity. Whilst Paul was working away (bad move Paul!) Debbie’s eagle eyes spotted her potential both in the show ring and as a future girl friend for our multi grey champion Sunburst.
She has had great success in the show ring including being Grey Female Champion as an intermediate at the Thirst Show in October 2013. Not only does she have a fanstastic fleece she has a lovely ultra nosey personality. If there is mischief to be had Strawberry is usually in the vicinity and her best friend Ankha isn’t usually far away either!!
Strawberry’s fleece is very dense meaning she will produce lots of lovely yarn, her first fleece was officially classified as superfine measured an 19.9 micons with a 4.7 standard deviation and a 96.6% comfort factor – this is great for a grey!
Strawberry has been adopted by Melanie Dawes, Phillip Ramsey and Anna Barnes.
Born: 16 March 2007
Colour: Medium Brown
Born in quarantine and with a beautifully consistent brown fleece, Ursula is the first cria and daughter of Mary, our black Chilean import. She is friendly, trusting and extremely nosey. Ursula is usually second in line at feeding time (and first to meet you at the gate) and has a ravenous appetite! Any new objects that appear in the paddock must be investigated and if at all possible attached to her fleece…Ursula was our first attempt at halter training and after a little encouragement (food) was a natural. Her scheduled walks include stepping over a fallen log and the occasional trip up our lane, much to the amusement of the local farmer, Alan. Ursula self-weaned at about 7 months and in May 2008 was re-united with the main herd, mum and her new half-brother, Horatio. Ursula seems to have increased her self-confidence and is more assertive with the adult alpacas at mealtimes. At the 2008 Border Union show, Kelso, Scotland Ursula was awarded 3rd place intermediate brown female. Ursula delivered a gorgeous light fawn son, Pearson, in 2010 from our brown herdsire Golden Guinea. With these parents he is of course chilled out and very nosey!
In 2012 Ursula gave birth to a fawn boy called Declan (named by his owners who reserved him from birth, Jan and John).
Born: 6 June 2012
Venus is the first daughter of Midnight Star, named after the Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty. Just like her mum she is a complete livewire and almost impossible control! Despite being haltered trained, under duress, at 6 months old, within two months of not being on a halter you would think she had never seen one before let alone been able to walk on a lead!
Venus is still close to her mum, they are usually in close proximity to each other and ‘cluck’ to each other frequently. Venus likes to come and say hello but on her terms, you can look but you can’t touch.
Sadly Venus gave birth to twin girls prematurely this year and suffered a prolapsed uterus, but fully recovered she was mated a few months later so hopefully she will have better luck next year.
Born: 20 August 2005
Our desire to build a herd of fantastic quality alpacas with fleeces to die for took a huge step forward on 27 August 2008 when Purston Veruschka joined the Barnacre herd. Sired by Wessex Fernando (sire: Purrumbete Ledgers Dream), her second fleece was placed 2nd to the Supreme champion (130 fleeces, judge Cameron Holt) in the 2007 Royal Fleece Show. Veruschka’s fleece scored 89 marks, the second highest ever score recorded in the UK. Her abundant fleece is incredibly fine, dense and with an ultra soft handle. In 2007 her skirted blanket alone (11 months) weighed 2.5kgs and in 2008 it weighed 3.08kgs!
Her 4th fleece achieved a stunning 3rd place in the hugely competitive adult white class at the 2010 British Alpaca Futurity. Her 6th fleece won 4th senior white at the 2011 Scottish National fleece show.
Veruschka gave birth on 19 June 2010 to the first cria and stunning white daughter called Casiphia from our supreme champion, Legend of Spartacus. Show circuit, watch out!
2011 saw Veruschka give birth to Cazanova who now lives with Jeannine and Craig. In 2012 she produced Lacie, a white girl from Gianmarco’s Masterpiece followed by Slug (don’t ask!) and in 2015 a little girl called Kenya.
Despite being our biggest and strongest girl Veruschka is well down in the pecking order with Willow.
Born: 11 July 2004
Colour: (Very) Light Fawn
One of the first three alpacas to arrive on site, you may have noticed that Willow is the ‘face’ of our website banner. She has very appealing facial features and is alwalys noticed by visitors. Alpacas are very observant and Willow is usually the first to notice any ‘danger’, at which points she pretends she hasn’t seen anything, looks at the floor, moves to the back of the herd and waits for Blossom to make the alarm call and then lead a ‘charging party’ comprising of Duchess, Oonagh and Kate!
When it comes to the herd pecking order Willow is firmly at the bottom of the pile, although when heavily pregnant with Chiquita she decided to stand up for herself and ‘fight’ with Blossom and Mary. She is last to arrive at feeding time, usually by several minutes, after stopping en-route to answer the call of nature. Willow is very gentle and nervous.
Despite our concerns she proved to be an excellent mother to her six (!!) daughters and in 2015 her first son. Willow is getting a year off, but will be mated again in Spring.
Born: 28 August 2012
Wonder as she is referred to here (we didn’t name her!), is a fantastic daughter of from our brown stud Darwin who arrived here in 2013.
Since arriving at Barnacre Wonder has been halter trained and had become much more confident within the herd and around people. She has been shown once at the NWAG Championships in April 2014 and really caught the eye of judge Cathy Lloyd, who said she was the finest in the class, she was awarded 2nd place Intermediate Black Female.
Her fleece has been professionally tested and is officially superfine at 19.4 microns which is for a black with a 97.2% comfort factor.
Wonder has a petite female cria at foot named Annie by Aileen from Aylswood Rare Breeds where she will be heading once weaned.