Shearing #1 happened last Saturday. (Yes, we have three shearings this year ... That's what being a large alpaca farm does to you.) It was mostly pregnant females, so the real powerhouse fleeces are forthcoming, but we did shear out one cria who revealed a truly incredible transformation.
Remember Francesca Fiore, our very first ever Harlequin Appaloosa cria? ... Well, she'd been looking mighty fawn of late (though the tell-tale dark silver grey on her back legs still gave her away as Harlequin). I was honestly wondering if she might wait until her 2nd shearing to give us that coveted grey blanket.
Check it out .... This is what the Harlequin Appaloosas are all about, man.
... We have ~20 females bred for the potential to produce Harlequin Appaloosa this year, so expect many more of these transformation photos in the future ...
Yessiree!! Been awhile since we've had an "Our first --" post!
This little dude made his way into the world early this morning, and he represents Our First Spotted Lamb. He is as yet unnamed, but I'm pretty sure he's a keeper. His dam, Silent Babette, is a pure Harlequin, and his sire is our super-spotty Babydoll Southdown, Ike.
Babette and baby are currently hanging out in our chinchilla room, where the lighting is sub-optimal, so the pictures kind of make them look like swamp monsters rather than adorable sheep ... But trust me, they're cute in reality.
Yes, folks ... It's finally here. Two years in the making.
Howling Hill Farm is proud to introduce AppaloosaAlpaca.com (also HarlequinAlpaca.com, which will redirect there as soon as the web servers get their act together) -- your source for all things Harlequin Appaloosa Alpaca.
This website is primarily informational, because I am a nerd and enjoy writing about animal genetics. However, it does also showcase the Harlequin Applaoosa portion of the Howling Hill farm alpaca herd (still being added), as well as any available Harlequin Appaloosas we may happen to have for sale.
So, please do browse the site, and enjoy. Sure did take me long enough!
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.