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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

2021 Futurity is in the Books!

We are on our way home from the 2021 Futurity Show & Sale. It took last night to settle in to how well we actually did at the show. The excitment of Red Granites Alydar By Val D Lsere taking the Judges' Choice award as a gray male was a bit of a suprise for Marc and I, but nothing less we are extremely happy and proud to he won that prestigious 'Judges' Choice' award and became the first AOA Registered Grey alpaca to win the Futurity Judges' Choice! All of the other Val D Lsere progeny did extremely well: Casper took home the White Male Color Championship, Sassafras took White Female Reserve Color Championship, and a bunch of first, seconds, and thirds were won by the other half of the 'Val crew'.

The Sales half of the Futurity was equally as impressive as the show itself, as per usual. A True Black Val D Lsere daughter was offered by Odins Fall Alpacas and was the highest selling alpacas that night! We offered two animals at this years Futurity Sale; a full-brother to Val D Lsere (Verbier) and one of Val D Lsere's daughters from our 2019 crop (Clare). Robert Sash of Tiskilwa Farms ended up purchasing Red Granites Clare By Val D Lsere while Dale and Stephanie of St. Peter's, MO purchased Red Granites Verbier.

It was wonderful seeing everyone again. The competition was tough but the atmosphere friendly and fun. Thank you Teresa and Tm Vincent for yet another wonderful event. :)

Friday, February 19, 2021

2021 TXOLAN Double Show in the Books!

Marc and I have been trying to re-group and count our blessings after returning from the TXOLAN Double Show. We feel pretty lucky that we have only a foot of snow and cold but nothing all those folks in TX have.

We took 18 animals and between the two shows and walking fleece we took 10 Color Champions, 3 Reserve Champions and one Judges Choice. We had 5 Val D Lsere offspring and 7 of our clients brought an additional 8 of Val's offspring. I am extremely proud to announce that Val's offspring won 6 Color Champions, 3 Reserve Champions and 1 Reserve Color Fleece Champion. None of his offspring scored lower than 3rd and were represented by juveniles all the way to mature males. I want to thank the following farms for bringing their Val D Lsere offspring to the show and representing him so well.

Alpacas of Moose Creek - Off The Rez
Flying Iron Ranch - Avalanche
Pulse Ranches - Valita
Irish Meadows - Girl Crush
Odin Falls Farm - Scarlett O'Hara & Lovebug
Happy Tails Alpaca Farm & Holdfast Farm - Diva's Versace
Tierra Prometida Alpacas - Criterium
Marc, Me, and Granddaughter Cadence smile after Dinner!

Marc, Me, and Granddaughter Cadence smile after Dinner!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Saying Goodbye to an Old Soul: Lionheart's Connagher

Today we had to say good-bye to one of our oldest (19yrs) Herdsires, Lionhearts Connagher.

This male was a gentle sole except when it came to competition for the females. He considered our whole female herd his herd. This was true up till the end. We purchased Connagher 10 years ago from Crescent Moon Ranch. They told us then that this 9 year old male was something special, and believe me he was. At the age of 19 Connagher still ranked in the top 1% of EPD's for AFD, SD, SF, and %>30. He was in the top 25% in Mean Curivature and top 10% in medulated fibers. His mark was truly lasting fineness. If we could wish him back to good health believe me we would. Right now we wish him green pastures with lots of females. Bye, Bye good buddy.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Thank you to EP Cambridge Alpacas!

We would LOVE to say a huge thank you to EP Cambridge Alpacas on purchasing Red Granites Sizlin Vegas and Red Granites Pecos Pete at the 2018 AOA National Show, later purchasing Vegas.

It is not everyday we sell a full-sibling to our mega champion male Red Granites Val D Lsere, and seeing as the sibling in question is a female and Futurity Champion she will be missed very much! We announce the sale of Red Granites Sizlin Vegas who has been purchased by EP Cambridge Alpacas and will be leaving for AUS in summer of 2021 after having her offspring here at Red Granite Ranch. She had a female by CCNF Legionnaire in 2019 and a male by Creed in 2020.

Red Granites Pecos Pete has been on the Matthew and Cathy's radar since he was a juvenile, which at that age was a respected four-time champion. "Having Criss Crossed the USA countless times over the last couple of years we have found the BLACK males worthy of heading to Australia shortly. After following Pecos Pete since spotting him as a Juvie we were delighted to purchase him at this years USA National Show from Red Granite Stud. This 3 year old boy will be just one of the Black males heading to HQ shortly. His Fineness and Density are superb for a black Alpaca." - Cathy Lloyd.

These two animals carry our BEST genetic lines and we are so happy that they are now going to be seen in AUS!

Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 Amber Autumn Auction ends with AUS bound alpacas!

HUGE congrats to EP Cambridge Alpacas of Australia for the purchase of Red Granites Pixie (Lot #23 @ 2018 Amber Autmn Auction)!

Here we sold one of Legionnaire's finest Dark-Colored females on the ranch who also comes with a breeding to the PROVEN 3X AOA National Supreme Champion also closed to outside breedings; Red Granites Val D Lsere, quite a package here folks.

There is no doubt in our minds that she will make an outstanding foundation female for a colored breeding program. Pixie's pedigree highlights champion after champions on both sides. There are multiple Futurity Champions, AOA/AOBA Champions, and even a Futurity Herdsire of the year winners. She carries a very fine, dense fleece that is extremely bright and uniform across the blanket. All to be expected when the Snowmass Matrix Majesty/Snowmass Legacy Gold line meets Presido.