A good plan...but Hope is a long way away...and the auction mart is 15 minutes away...it would be good to catch up with everyone after all. So, off I went in the van (good marketing I tell Paul, after all it has our logo all over it). I also take the cheque book (you never know when you might run out of diesel). Well, prices were low, but the female that I had my eye on, was obviously the one that everyone else had their eye on. Hence, I ended up buying the most expensive alpaca lot of the day...again!! (and by a hefty margin too).
I have added to our Blacks with the purchase of Ardo Jet. She is a lovely little compact female, who is pregnant to Lavender Park Zarathrusta. Zarathrusta, who is dark fawn, has some very impressive genetics (he has a similar pedigree to our St Patrick) which was an added bonus, but she has been bought with Black Sabbath in mind. Black Sabbath has retained an impressively fine micron of 20.1 on his 4th fleece and I felt that we need some more girls for him to work on!
Jet is incredibly calm and has slotted into her group really easily. She is definitely not showing any signs of being stressed by the auction experience. Coming from a Scottish breeder, she is from a bTb free zone. She has been wormed, and introduced into her group of pregnant- none nursing females.
I have sold something on eBay for the first time today. I kg of superfine grey alpaca fleece....£31 + postage...how good is that!