Liz & Chris Vahlkamp, owners
18890 MC 455
Paris, MO 65275
We group our sales animals into alpha categories - A, B, and C. None of our animals are of poor quality, and all have shown an ability to produce improved offspring when bred to quality males. Our standards are high at Salt River Alpacas, and when we say that it will take a couple of generations to get a show winning animal, we are talking about winners at large, impact shows.
It is important to note that our standards are also set high for our fiber animals (non-breeders). We strive to produce fiber animals that can produce high quality fiber year after year - very few males will be herdsire potential, but we want to know that when we sell an alpaca into a fiber home, that the new owner will get many years of high quality fleece production!
Category A - these are females that experienced breeders would typically be interested in. We know they can produce award winning offspring and they will have an immediate impact on your herd.
Category B - these are females that breeders with 3-6 years of breeding background would have the most interest in. These females will produce show ribbon winners but we think may need a little closer attention paid to their breeding partners to ensure the best outcome.
Category C - these are females who would be ideal for new breeders or those thinking of getting into the alpaca business. These girls have produced good quality offspring or have the ability to do so, but it will most likely take two generations to reach a point of producing impact Suris for your herd.
Name: HCLA Trixie
Fiber stats: Density - 48; S/P - 10.25:1; Glands - 2 of 4; Medullation - 40%; Micron spread - 10.2; MFD - 22 (5 yrs)
Description: Trixie has produced one ribbon winner after the next for us. We just got her skin biopsy results back, and now we know why! Nice density of 48 follicles/sq mm, S/P ratio of 10.25:1, MFD of 22 microns as a breeding female, and only 40% medullated fibers. Trixie has had five boys - three of which we have sold (one just started his breeding career in 2011!) - and two have been blue ribbon winners. In fact, her third offspring - Salt River's Firecracker - had some of the best biopsy results that Norm Evans has ever seen - Density of 83, S/P of 12, Glands of 4, and micron spread of 7.5, with primaries at 23 secondaries at 15! Trixie just had her first girl - Sa;t River's Hot Tamale - and she is a keeper! Extreme uniformity, independent locks, and great personality. We will be breeding Trixie to our new herdsire - Suri Lane's Lucian! Lucian has retained his fineness and carried a standard deviation of 3.9 at 18 months of age. He is quite uniform, and at 5 years of age, he still exhibits extreme luster. We can't wait for the outcome!
What we do with the fiber: We always turn Trixie's fiber into yarn and it is just beautiful! Check our fiber page in the Fall and we should have it up and ready to sell.
Bella 2011 cria
Name: Salt River's Bella Donna
Color: Light Fawn
Fiber Stats: Density - 42; S/P Ratio - 10.1:1; Glands - 2 of 4; Medullation - 100%; Micron Spread - 6.0; MFD 28 (4 yrs)
Description: Bella was the first born on our farm and is a real beauty (but we're not partial!). Her skin biopsy results have come in, and appear to backup our suspiscions - she is a very nice girl. Bella has had three boys - the first won multiple awards (including winning the Reserve Color Championship at the 2010 Suri Network Fleece Show!) and is now used as a breeding male at his new farm. The second - Salt River's Heatwave - is listed on our site as a prospective jr. herdsire - check out his fiber stats, just lovely! We showed him at the Northern IL show and got a very respectable 3rd place behind a Crown Royal male and a USA Jaguar male. The judge said the top 3 Suris were very close in quality and each represented the ideal Suri alpaca! Heatwave went on to take a 2nd place at the Topeka show ahead of one of the best Suri farms in the U.S. - Wilkins Livestock. Bella's third boy is from 2011 and out of Ravada's Kuma and did well in the show ring in 2012 - he is arguably our favorite of the whole 2011 "crop", and we plan to show him in the previously shorn classes in 2013 - his regrowth is quite lovely. And lastly, Bella had a girl for us in 2010, who we sold before she was of breeding age! So we are now placing Bella on the sales list. Bella is bred to Suri Lane's Lucian for a Fall 2013 cria.
What we do with the fiber: Bella still has Grade 4 fiber - around 28 microns - so we will use her fiber for a Suri/Wool blended yarn.
Name: Ameripaca's Courtnie
Sire: HCLA Master Locks
Dam: CMR Shania
Density - 44; S/P 12.1:1; Glands - 2 of 4; Medullation - 90%; Micron spread - 11:1; 2009 MFD - 27.8; CV - 19.1
2008 - Salt River's Moonshine
2009 - Salt River's Shining Armor
2010 - Salt River's Karina
2012 - Salt River's Grace
Description: Courtnie exhibits above average density, a silky handle with tightly twisted locks and great uniformity of micron across her blanket. Courtnie's sire is the famed HCLA Master Locks who won 1st place at the 2003 MaPaca Jubilee and 1st place in the composite class at the 2003 AOBA National Show. Courtnie's dam, CMR Shania, placed 2nd at the 2004 MaPaca Jubilee and 3rd at the 2004 All American Futurity. So it is no wonder that Courtnie brings such a great package to our breeding program.
Courtnie's first offspring was sold into a fiber home, but her second offspring has moved into our breeding program given his extremely fine fiber, narrow SD, and great density! Additionally, we bred Courtnie to the famous accoyo Montoyo in 2011 and got a beautiful little girl out of that breeding that we will also be keeping. As such, we are now ready to place Courtnie on our sales list, as we are hopeful that her gentics will continue on in our herd through her two offspring.
Based on what we've seen of her offspring, Courtnie has been placed in the B category. Courtnie is now confirmed bred to Suri Lane's Lucian - Lucian has retained a very low micron well into adulthood and is still quite lustrous, with good uniformity across his blanket. This is going to be a dynamite cria - male or female - and with that in mind, we encourage you to consider Courtnie for your breeding program.
What we do with the fiber: Courtnie's fiber is Grade 4 blanket, and as such, we will be spinning it into yarn for weaving outer garments.
Sera Ginny - Sold!
Name: Lost River's Serendipity ("Sera")
Color: Dark Fawn
Fiber Stats: Density - 36.5; S/P - 11.1:1; Glands - 2 of 4; Medullation - 80%; Spread - 10.4 microns
We don't do this often, but we bought Sera on a whim...she had great conformation, a beautiful head, her fiber was incredibly smooth and silky, and we got to see one of her offspring and thought that girl was quite lovely. So, next thing you know, we owned her. Sera delivered a beautiful bay black girl (2011) out of Cosmo - a beautiful (white!) Bolivian boy who has produced some amazing offspring. Sera then delivered another girl for us in Fall 2012 - one of the last breedings we got out of our herdsired SBS Solstice before we sold him - this little girl is really nice - medium fawn, extremely defined locks, uniform from shoulder to hip - she will stay in our breeding program for quite some time, and as such, we have placed Sera on our sales list. Sera is open and availble for you to select from any of our top notch herdsires! We recommend Bronze or Kuma.
What we do with the fiber: Sera's fiber falls into the Grade 4 category, so we spin her fiber as a blend with wool and sell it as weaving yarn for outer garments.
Name: White Knight's Pearl
Sire: 4Peruvian White Knight
Dam: Buttercup (on our "sold" page)
Fiber Stats: Density - 41; S/P - 8.1; Glands 2 of 4; Micron Spread 6.4; MFD - 26 at 18 mos.
Description: Pearl is another girl out of White Knight. Given that her sire was able to retain a micron count of 21 for 14 years, we know that Pearl will be able to pass this trait on when bred to a sire that holds the same trait. Pearl is a big girl who will have no troubles birthing. We bred Pearl to LCA Boots in 2011 to improve density, uniformity, and fineness. That cria arrived in Spring 2012, and he has developed into a beautiful weanling which we will be showing at MOPACA in 2013. Great locks, already seeing the luster, and appears uniform in lock style across his blanket - this is exactly what Boots is producing, consistently. We have Pearl in our "B" category because of her strong genetics, her solid density number, and her narrow micron spread, while also recognizing that she did not retain her fineness. Pearl is now bred to Suri Lane's Lucian for a Fall 2013 cria.
What we do with the fiber: Pearl's fiber grades out in the "4" category, so we will be using it for boucled yarn this year.
We've got some great buys in this category if you are thinking of just dipping your toe in the water! Check them out!
Name: Salt River's Lola
Color: Light Fawn
Sire: NGG Cortez
Dam: Hannah Gale
Fiber Stats: Fiber Stats: Density - 40.75; S/P - 10.3; Glands - 3 of 4; Medullation - 60%; Micron spread - 8.5; 22 MFD at one year of age.
Description: Lola is a beauty and 3/4 related to Salt River's Miley Ray (check out Miley on our foundation herd page). While Lola's first fleece was soft, silky, and lustrous, she has not been able to retain her fineness. She is in the 'C' category for this reason and because she is a bit "fluffy". We bred her to LCA Boots to improve lock structure and uniformity, and she had her first cria in Spring, 2012 - a beautiful, solid brown boy who is a definite improvement over Lola. While he will not be show quality, due to a lack of uniformity across his blanket, he would have been a "keeper" for a breeding program had he been a girl. With this in mind, we have again bred Lola to Boots for a 2013 cria (and hopefully a girl!). Lola will be a great starter animal for anyone's herd - easy birther, good mom, nice healthy offspring - you can't go wrong with her!
What we do with the fiber: Lola's fiber now falls into the Grade 4 category, so we spin it into yarn for weaving!
Name: Salt River's Madelaine
Sire: Salt River's Chumanji
Price: $500 without a breeding, $1,000 with your choice of any of our wholly owned herdsires
Description: Maddie is being sold inexpensively as we recognize that she has not held her fineness, even at her young age, and that it will take a couple of generations to get a high level offspring out of this lineage. That being said, Maddie is a large boned girl, well proportioned, and if you like color, her dam is brown with black points, so we believe Maddie will be able to throw one of those colors.