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WD Miguel of Fowberry (Aust) True Black





Alpaca Blog, Herd Sires



Warramunga Downs Miguel of Fowberry is the best example of a mature true black male we have seen. Purchased from Fowberry Alpacas in May 2016, we are truly honored to have him here on farm with us to further our breeding program.


Multiple Champion in Australia, Miguel was imported by Fowberry Alpacas and remains the only Samaria Valley Saladin son in the UK. He has a strong black lineage on both sides of his pedigree with a background of notable names. Miguel has followed in his sire’s footsteps by consistently performing in the show ring on his own merit and also winning over white progeny groups (including those by Jolimont Warrior) in the progeny classes with his black half brother.


Miguel’s sire, Samaria Valley Saladin is having a huge impact on black genetics in Australia at the moment and being heavily used in embryo transfer programs. This multi-champion young male won back-to-back best black fleece, at the Australian National Show 2005 and 2006 at the Royal Melbourne 2005 and 2006 and at Bendigo, 2004, 2005 and 2006. His fleece has won ten out of eleven of it’s last outings and received some exceptional comments from judges, including “Superior white fleece characteristics, captured in a black fleece.” Saladin is a big bold macho with an impressive, correct frame to carry his outstanding fleece on. His progeny are consistently winning in the show ring.


Miguel’s dam: Warramunga Downs Ghemma comes from a productive line of prize-winning females going back eight years to Miguel’s grand-dam, Warramunga Downs Rebah (Ghemma’s dam) winning 1st Intermediate Black at the Royal Melbourne show 1999. This undeniably fine-fleeced female line includes a great-grand dam recording fleece statistics of 25μ, SD 4.0 at nineteen years old! Ghemma has been so successful for Warramaunga Downs, that she has a full sister.


Not shown in the UK, Miguel has stayed away from the limelight. Despite being bred very selectively in the UK he has produced many Champion and prize winning progeny. Some of his progeny from our herd will become available for sale from 2017.

Miguel has the kindest temperament of any alpaca we have met. He is easy and straightforward to handle and is first choice for handling workshops. He gets on well with our 4 other herd sires and his is cria have delightful temperaments.


Miguel is of medium build with strong bone and a very well balanced frame. He has a beautiful head and projects a regal presence.


Miguel’s fleece is remarkable. Solid true black with well aligned uniform staples, excellent brightness and striking softness, now aged 10 yrs he is only just beginning to produce the odd white fibre. His fleece is dense and characterful with a beautifully soft handle. Breeding fine fleeces for longer is a goal we all strive for and Miguel’s fibre micron and SD has remained consistently low.


A most valuable trait in Miguel is his low primary / secondary fibre ratio and low numbers of strong medulated fibre. This trait is rare in black huacayas and something to be celebrated.


Now settled with us at our bio-secure farm in Southern England, we are going to make Miguel available for limited drive by matings subject to our terms and conditions. We know he has a lot to offer the discerning black breeder.


At Fowberry Alpacas, Miguel’s 2016 cria was the second densest of all their cria and that is very impressive!
Fleece Statistics

2006 1st fleece 18.23µ SD:3.79 CV:20.9 1.05% >30µ
2010 5th fleece 24.64µ SD:4.35 CV:17.7 8.2% >30µ
2011 6th fleece 25.56µ SD:4.31 CV:16.9 12.5%>30µ
2013 8th fleece 25.95µ SD:4.06 CV:17.7 15.1%>30µ
2014 9th fleece 27.78µ SD:4.4 CV:15.9 25.4%>30µ
2015 10th fleece 27.9µ SD:4.6 CV:16.5 26.0%>30µ









Miguel’s show success:

  • Champion Black Fleece, Scot. Nat. Fleece Show. 2010 Cameron Holt. 268 fleeces
  • 1st Intermediate Black Fleece. Sydney International Fleece show 2008. 500 fleeces
  • South Australian Colour Classic 2007
  • 1st Intermediate Black Male. Supreme Champion Black Huacaya
  • Wodonga Show 2007 1st Intermediate black Male.
  • Reserve Champion Intermediate Male.
  • 1st Sire’s Progeny Class
  • Stawell Agricultural Show 2007 2nd Intermediate Black Male.
  • 2nd Sire’s Progeny Class
  • Berwick show 2007 2nd Intermediate Black Male
  • 1st sire’s Progeny Class
  • Red Hill show 2007 2nd Intermediate Black Male
  • 1st Sire’s Progeny Class
  • Royal Easter Show, Sydney 2007 2nd Intermediate Black Male
  • Victoria East Region, Lardner 3rd Intermediate Male.
  • 2nd Sire’s Progeny class
  • Charles Ledger 2006. 2nd Junior Black Male.
  • 2nd Sire’s progeny (15 groups in class)
  • Burnie, Tasmania 2006. 1st Junior Black Male.
  • 3rd Sire’s Progeny Class
  • Burnie, Tasmania 2006 – Spotlight on Black, Bill Plunket Award: Best Black Progeny in Show.
  • Gippsland Show 2006 2nd Junior Black Male.
  • 1st Sire’s Progeny Class
  • Stringybark Bush Festival 2006 2nd Junior Black Male
  • 2nd Sire’s Progeny Class
  • Alexandra show 2006 2nd Junior Black Male
  • 2nd sire’s Progeny Class.
  • Royal Melbourne show 2006. 4th Junior Black Male



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