Rare and proven bloodlines in true black
The herd sires resident at Alpaca Power have been selected very carefully with our fibre end goals in mind. They all have excellent frames with good bone and superb complimentary fleece styles offering us and the discerning breeder choices. We have bloodlines from Peru, Australia, North America and very recently New Zealand. Famous names are numerous and include the old favourites Highlander, Peruvian Hemingway, Jolimont, Conquistador, ILR NWA Luminosa, Peruvian El Bueno, and Kingston Park Paragon.
We also have the exclusive Caesar, Commisario, Ruffo and Koricancha bloodlines. Peruvian Black Mesquite, Peruvian Dakotia, Giacomo, Peruvian Bueno, Peruvian Blockbuster and Dark Shaddow lines originate from North America providing us with a diverse genetic line up.
Mariah Hill Mambo was our first imported Australian male and now resides in Italy. Grand River Holyfield, a large true black male from North America had a great impact on our herd and his genetics live on in our female lines. Marcelo of Grand River, provided Magical Farm genetics as well as Dark Shaddow, again from North America. MFI Kapow of Chalford arrived in 2013 and is impacting on our herd in a big way! Most recently we have added a son of Samaria Valley Saladin, Warramunga Downs Miguel of Fowberry and he joins our elite true black line up. We have all of these superstar genetics within our black herd.
With many black alpacas in the UK now sharing similar bloodlines we offer true black breeders a diverse choice of world class proven bloodlines. If you are wondering how to continue your black breeding program without the expense of importing your own animals, then we can help you.
MFI Kapow and WD Miguel are arguably from the most successful true black males in Australia and North America respectively.
Herd Sires at Alpaca Power
MFI Kapow of Chalford – Solid True Black (USA)
Son of the elite black MFI Mesquite from Magical Farms in North America and the only Mesquite son in the UK and Europe. Kapow’s cria are now on the ground and they are superb. With an elite fleece of consistently low micron and very low SD, this wonderful male is making a real impact in our herd. With silky traits from both sides of his pedigree Kapow can produce the extremely sought after ‘Silky style’ black fleeces as well as the more typical huacaya fleeces on strong crias with chunky well balanced frames.
Warramunga Downs Miguel of Fowberry – Solid True Black (Aust)
Son of the elite true black Samaria Valley Saladin from Australia, we are delighted to be able to add Miguel to our breeding program. A proven male at 10 years of age, he has produced high value Champion progeny and still has all the desirable attributes of a much younger male. Miguel has not been overused and offers the serious breeder a real opportunity to produce blacks with fine fleeces into senior years.
Chalford Cappuchino – Harlequin Grey (UK)
Our ‘spotty’ home bred boy has genetics from Australia and Peru including Hemingway, Conquistador and Koricancha Sinbad. He produces Harlequin grey cria as well as solid fawns. His fleece is very advanced for his colour. He has won grey fleece classes in all age groups against classic greys. We are delighted to be able to learn more about harlequin grey breeding from this male. His progeny are snapped up and his rose harlequin grey, Chalford The Artful Dodger, is now working in Spain.
Information about the selection of Herd Sires in general
We look at what you should consider when looking for a breeding male.
If you are considering purchasing a young or imported alpaca there will be no progeny to assess. If the animal is BAS registered then the pedigree can be investigated. The BAS herd book in the UK provides a pedigree certificate which provides information on the lineage of the alpaca. Reviewing the ownership, show results and family trees of males can help assess the genotype. New owners should research bloodlines carefully. Imported animals belong to different registries around the world. South American countries do not have registries and often purchases are based on phenotype alone. It is also fair to say that pedigree alone does not guarantee a successful male.
Phenotype describes how the alpaca looks. This can be a matter of preference but the traits evident in this alpaca will help determine what your future herd looks like. If you do not have pedigree information or progeny to assess then phenotype is all there is to go on. In this case, looking at the parents can be useful as well as buying from a reputable and respected breeder.
The genotype of an alpaca is described as what the alpaca regularly produces with respect to his progeny. This should include all the offspring as you should expect variations. Consistently good progeny equates to genetic strength. Looking at progeny is an excellent way of assessing underlying genotype. Progeny classes for both males and females at shows can be useful in assessing the ability of the male to produce consistently similar offspring. Males who have few progeny should not be disregarded over males who are covering many females.
Budget is an obvious consideration and choosing a young animal instead of his proven sire may be a risk worth taking. Generally, higher quality alpacas command higher prices. However, a word of caution – the herd sire with the highest price or the most rosettes and sashes may not give you the results you want. Selecting a male for your herd should be based on the factors listed above. A good understanding of the traits of your females is essential when choosing a male.
Breeding options offered on most farms in the UK
Females (and their cria) are boarded at the stud farm for approximately 2 months. Mating and confirmation of pregnancy is completed and the dam returns home. This is no longer an option on most farms due to the associated health risks of boarding alpacas.
The owner of the female takes her (with her cria and companions) to the male for a mating and then returns home the same day. This method offers a lower risk option one for those without their own male. Ideally, the male will be isolated on his own farm.
The herd sire of choice is driven to the females farm. This option is relatively low risk but the male is subject to potentially travelling alot and mixing with many females over the course of a season.