North Canterbury, New Zealand
This year we entered two fleeces in the NZ Royal Show at Canterbury and we came home with 5 Championship ribbons. Honeyfields Sutherland's fleece was Reserve Champion fleece 6-12 months, Champion Mid-dark fawn fleece of show and Champion Most Valuable Commercial Fleece - Colours. Premier Fernando's fleece was Champion Fleece 40-60 months and most exciting of all, Champion Most Valuable Commercial Fleece - white/light fawn. Clearly our breeding program of developing alpacas with top quality commercial fleeces is working!!
25 Sept 2009
Hot off the press is show successes at the National Alpaca Expo over the last weekend of September. We entered two fleeces - Sutherland and Fernando and both achieved championship ribbons.
It has been a long winter here in the south. We usually have grass growth through to early/mid June but this year the cold weather hit us in early May. We had frosts, cold, foggy days, very little sunshine and low temperatures. We have gone through a great deal more hay and lucerne than usual so that all groups of alpacas have sufficient body condition and energy to cope. The last few weeks have seen a marked improvement. The grass is growing and the animals are losing interest in the hay and lucerne so spring has definitely sprung and summer is on it's way.
In the last few months we have sold some of Fernando's son's to other breeders. Congratulations to Sarah & Peter Busby of Gilt Edge Alpacas and Marion Burgess of Legacy Alpacas on their purchase of Honeyfields Alabaster, Howard and Noelle Bennett of Munlochy Alpacas on their purchase of Honeyfields Breaksea Boy and Mary Grant of Awarua Alpacas on her purchase of Honeyfields Barrington. We thank you all for your confidence in our breeding and wish you all the best with your young future stud males.
We also have very exciting news of a purchase ourselves. Together with Nic and Barry Bishop of Boundary Park Alpacas we have purchased Forestglen Ethan (see photo to left) from Maureen Carey of the Forestglen Stud in Australia. Ethan is a fine upstanding young male with a fabulous fleece who is right at the start of his career. He has been skin tested by Dr Jim Watts and his statistics make most impressive reading. Jim tells us that he considers Ethan to be an SRS® wool male which is what we are looking for to compliment the good work that Fernando has already started. Talking about Fernando - take a look at the front cover on the new Members’ Directory recently sent out to every member of the Alpaca Association - that's our Fernando!! Ethan arrives in the South at the end of September and will be available for 'on farm' and 'mobile matings - check out his page by by following this link - Forestglen Ethan
In late May we had a very interesting workshop here on our farm. Dr Jim Watts from SRS Alpaca spent the day with us together with a number of attendees working through what the SRSAI breeding system is all about. Jim did a great job of explaining a difficult topic in easy to understand terms and spent a lot of the day with hands-on demonstrations of both fleece on the table and out in the yards on the alpacas. Several of those who attended have now joined SRS and are re assessing their herds based on the principles expounded by Jim. Go to www.srsalpacas.com to find out more information about SRSAI.
We are preparing the herd for the seasons’ shows, birthings, shearing etc and looking forward to a great summer.
20 April 2009
What a busy three months we have just had both on-farm and off-farm. At the time of writing all our cria bar the very last one have arrived and we can see some future stars amongst them which is very exciting. Of particular note are two brown males, one from Benleigh Debut ET and one from Waratah Flats Maple Leaf, a white male from Cambridge Lupin, and a light fawn female from Cambridge Ridan, all progeny from Premier Fernando. Photos of these cria are to the right - hover your mouse over them to see who is who.
In fact Fernando has become rather popular and has carried out quite a few matings for other stud farms as well as the majority of matings at Honeyfields. Fernando now has 33 progeny on the ground and has a further 40 pregnancies resulting from matings this summer. Of his 8 male progeny born in the 07/08 season, three are sold to other breeders who intend that they will be certified. In the show ring his progeny have taken no less than 7 broad ribbons and a large number of 1st in class ribbons. The star of his progeny is Honeyfields Sutherland who won the National Junior Male Champion title and we are delighted to announce that a half share in Sutherland has been sold to Nic and Barry Bishop of Boundary Park Alpaca Stud in South Canterbury. We expect he will be working during the forthcoming summer season.
On the show scene we have attended two Shows - Gore and Upper Clutha and have been delighted with the results from both Shows - have a look at our new page show successes. Honeyfields Resolution won Champion Fleece and Honeyfields Cooper Reserve Champion Fleece at the Gore Show, then Resolution went on to win Supreme Champion Fleece at Malvern Show. Also of note is our young dark fawn female NZ River Ridge Dakota who has consistently placed at every show in which she has been entered and who won the Reserve Champion award in both the conformation and the composite sections at the Gore Show.
Honeyfields Alpacas 15 William Stephen Road R D 1 Te Anau New Zealand
Phone: 03 249 9099 or 021 0514 359