Suri Alpacas are intelligent, curious animals with exquisite fleece. The Suri Network is an excellent resource for learning about the Suri breed. You can read about them here.
Some of the questions we are asked most often include:
1. Why did we get Alpacas and why did we choose Suri’s?
We wanted to have animals on our farm and utilize our property in the best and most sustainable manner. We were attracted to the uniqueness of the Suri Alpaca which represents only about 20% of the North American herd. Suri’s have exquisite fiber which is prized by knitters, crocheters and hand spinners and their fleece is a renewal natural resource which is sheared each spring. Products made from Alpaca are warm, soft, durable and hypo-allergenic. Their soft padded toes are easy on the land, they are efficient grazers and their manure can be used for fertilizer immediately without harming plants. The Alpaca products we sell are grown and made in the U.S.A.
2. What makes your Alpacas “Distinguished”?
Each of our Alpacas is distinguished in some way. It may be their Genetics, Show Record, Fleece qualities, such as fineness, density, luster, their Offspring or simply Personality and Attitude! Here are some fun facts about our herd:
Eldora’s Chanel – Full Accoyo female with multiple awards from Halter Shows, Fleece Shows and Spin-offs. Chanel has soft fleece, has produced three lovely female offspring in a row and has great mothering skills.
Eldora’s My Fair Lady – Full Accoyo female with show awards as a juvenile; Lady’s parents were a Futurity Champion and an AOBA Nationals Reserve Champion with extensive Show records. Her daughter (Eldora’s Eliza by Rockstar) has multiple awards including 1st place in the 2013 Futurity White Juvenile Female class as well Judge’s Choice and 1st place ribbons at several Fleece Shows.
Eldora’s Zuna – A stunning Full Peruvian, True Black female, with award winning parents and multiple show awards of her own. Judge’s comment from the 2014 Alpaca Association of Western Oregon Spin-off “you could make underwear with this yarn”!
Garland’s Laura Ashley – Lovely, multi-colored, fleece. Ashley won several show awards as a juvenile. She has great mothering skills and has produced color in both of her cria.
Lover Boy Zeke – A Fiber Boy, Zeke has dense fiber and exuberant personality! He is always happy to see you.
Our Accoyo Tejas Rose – Full Accoyo female and the only cria (baby) in the herd. She is full of fun and curiosity. She is the daughter of Eldora’s Chanel and USA Accoyo Armani, who has multiple 1st place awards for Fleece Shows and Spin-offs.
RJR Alana’s Savannah – Self appointed Queen, leader of the herd, and main greeter of visitors; her fleece is still exquisitely fine with a micron of 18.3 as of 2013. Savannah won awards as a juvenile and yearling. Her offspring have won several awards on the show circuit.
War Valley’s Pixie Chick – Pixie is a sweet girl with lovely, lustrous fleece. She is the daughter of 9X Champion Sierra Bonita’s Maccoyo Monet and the great-grand-daughter of Peruvian Accoyo Gold. As a weanling, she earned a 1st Place blue ribbon in her 2014 Kentucky Classic Alpaca Show debut.
War Valley’s White Satin – Satin is a regal girl. She is the daughter of 9X Champion Sierra Bonita’s Maccoyo Monet and PFF Miss Magnolia, a full Bolivian. Magnolia has produced five other offspring with multiple 1st and 2nd place show wins. In her first showing at the 2014 Kentucky Classic Alpaca Show, Satin earned a 1st Place Blue Ribbon in the yearling Halter Division.
Wisteria’s Dallas – A Fiber Boy, with soft, silky and flowing fleece that is fun to spin, Dallas is a big, sweet boy. His sire is USA Accoyo Armani who has multiple 1st place awards from Fleece Shows and Spin-offs. Dallas won a 2nd place ribbon at the 2014 Alpaca Association of Western Oregon Spin-off.
3. Do they spit?
Yes they do, but mostly at each other. It’s a way of communicating their feelings, usually displeasure with another herdmate’s behavior. More typically, they communicate by softly humming and each of ours seems to have their own unique sound.