We were truly gutted earlier this year when we lost our beloved foundation female, Tessora, to a virulent inner ear infection. Though she was only with us for 5 or 6 years, her influence here was profound and will continue to be felt for years to come. There are not that many alpacas here in our herd that we can truthfully say we would pay full price for all over again — and mind you we are talking about the pre-recession alpaca market here — but Tessy would without question make that list. From her daughters Krsytal, Saphira, and Capella to her son Talon, who was great enough that he’s now working in the UK, Tessora absolutely came as advertised and delivered the goods time and again. She probably saved her best for last though: Tenacious.
Born in the summer of 2010, Tenacious was amongst the first offspring here sired by MFI Peruvian Precocious, the Jeremiah son we co own with Magical Farms. Though we know all too well from experience that sometimes breeding matches that make sense on paper don’t always translate into the real world, Tess and Precocious pretty much nailed it. Combining the outrageous fleece density of his sire with the fineness and uniformity of his dam, Tenacious showed at a very young age that he was one worth keeping an eye on. He carries all of that wonderful fleece on a well built frame that is compact (in this case not a watchword for runty) and almost perfectly square with coverage down to his toes. That Tenacious was the Reserve Champion White Male at the AOBA National Fleece Show in Denver this past May with his juvi fleece just showed why we have been so excited about him. He is one of three young males (more on them to follow) from the 2010 birth class that are all slated to be promoted to the Stud Barn and become working Herdsires in our breeding program. Once we have confirmed pregnancies from him in our own females, Tenacious will be offered for outside stud service starting next spring and summer at an introductory rate of $2,000.