First Fall Alpaca Cria

Peaceful Heart's Augustine

We are excited to announce the birth of our first Fall alpaca cria.  Peaceful Heart’s Augustine was born on August 30, which was also the first day of the Hillsville Flea Market.  This weekend is one of our  busiest times of the year, so coming up with the perfect name took us a couple of days.  We narrowed it down to two, and went to try them out in the pasture.  Augustine made the final decision, ignoring the first name completely and running over for a kiss when we tried out the second name.  So, Augustine it is.

We wanted the perfect name for him because he is an impressive little guy from our foundation dam.  Lystra was one the first alpacas we purchased in 2005. She has given us 8 incredible crias since then, including our herdsire Lord Tennyson and other beautiful boys that are now herdsires/junior herdsires for other farms; as well as two beautiful girls.  Our first cria born on the farm, Sunny, has gone on to give us 3 crias of her own and is now moving to a new farm to form a strong foundation for them.  Lystra’s crias have all won ribbons in every show they’ve entered, mostly first place ribbons (and Tennyson an impressive Reserve Color Championship).

In addition to their show winning fleeces, Lystra’s crias all have incredibly sweet personalities, and Augustine is already demonstrating his sweetness.  He is very curious about visitors, and is quick to come over to see us before he runs back to mom.  Lystra is very proud of him.  She has always been a wonderful mother.  She keeps a close eye on her crias, but is happy to have them admired.  For the first few weeks, she won’t let Augustine get too far away from her and she makes sure he is nursing well and often.

Augustine’s sire is the fabulous multi-award winning Kubla Khan.  Kubla is known for his incredibly dense fleece, which we can already seen signs of in Augustine.  Kubla stayed at our farm last year, and we are thrilled with the beautiful crias we have gotten from him.  Everyone of them looks like a dense fleeced winner.  Our spring crias that share a sire with Augustine are Earlyne, Ninja, and Summer Love.

Lystra and Augustine with the girls due this fall

We are looking forward to the births of the rest of the fall crias (as is Augustine).  We hope you will include us in your fall travel plans if you are headed to the mountains, and come see our new crias.  The days are still warm, but the nights and mornings are cool and we are beginning to see hints of color in the trees.

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