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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Alpaca Train Arrives at Goldyn Rae Ranch!

It was so much fun to see 13 alpacas jump off the trailer after a long road trip from Pucara International in Oregon. Three moms with crias were returning after their trip out west for breedings. Three more moms with crias and one yearling joined the crowd back to Colorado! A big shout out to Mike Cates for safely transporting all these animals to Elizabeth, Colorado in time for our December 7-8, 2013 Ideal Suri Seminar!

Goldyn Rae Alpacas enjoys partial ownership with these outstanding Pucara Suris. Check out the sales list for the Pucara newcomers and then contact us for a ranch visit today!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ideal Suri Seminar #1 a huge success! The cold didn’t stop US!

What a treat to have Jude Anderson and Alan Cousill sharing their Suri alpaca experience in our own home! We had a GREAT group of alpaca owners and enthusiasts who were willing to learn and willing to share. I believe everyone enjoyed this opportunity to learn more about the Suri business and to take advantage of networking opportunities. Thanks to all who braved the bitter cold and we’ll see you at the next one in February 2014!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Coming Soon!! Creating the Ideal Suri Alpaca Seminar Series – featuring Jude Anderson!

No time to travel to Oregon? No problem! We feel very fortunate to welcome Jude Anderson and Alan Cousill of Pucara International to the Goldyn Rae ranch for an educational seminar series about Suri alpacas! This is a unique opportunity for those interested in alpaca ownership or new breeders looking to jump start their program. Jude brings a wealth of experience as an international judge and both bring 20 years of owning and breeding alpacas in the United States and Australia. Their success is stamped with multiple Futurity herdsire awards.

The first seminar will be the weekend of December 7th and 8th. Al and Jude will lecture on Saturday, and then be available for private consultations on Sunday! Space is limited – don’t miss this rare opportunity! Cost is only $75 and lunch is included. Your second seminar is only $50 and if you attend all three your third is only $25!! Check out our flyer and call or e-mail via Contact Us to reserve your spot. More information will be provided as we finalize the details.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Suri Symposium – Show Me the Money!

I didn’t go to the 2013 Suri Network Symposium to win $500 but that’s what happened after entering a drawing for half the pot! Thanks SN! That aside, the Symposium is a must for anyone serious about progress in the Suri business. Having attended for the second year as a new breeder, I found the information invaluable. Being somewhat “mathy” I loved the focus on data, and am starting to believe that failure to enter the Suri Herd Improvement Program (S.H.I.P) at the ground level could be costly in the end. It was great to hear more about genetics, the technical aspects of fiber, the reality of end products, the importance of good nutrition and the science of breeding. I really enjoyed visiting with judge Jude Anderson (Hint: get her book!) and meeting Dr. Norm Evans (hint: get his book!). All in all, it seems like a well-rounded approach is the key to business success: participating in Shows (hint: volunteer!), submitting Fleece Entries, getting Histograms, having a Herd Classification (on my to-do list), and making good Breeding Decisions just to name a few. Congrats to Suri Network; the speaker line-up on this was amazing.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Futurity Show – be sure to go!

I attended the 2013 Futurity in Kansas City to learn about this annual gem and see some of the best animals in the country. What an experience! Not having animals in the show allowed me to sit back and observe. I was able to talk with elite alpaca breeders, attend educational seminars, get creative ideas for booth displays, and was even able to show some animals for the first time. I purchased Blue Ginger in the auction, a Huckleberry daughter bred to Chakotah’s Wyuna!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Visit to Pucara International

I flew to Oregon earlier this year to visit Pucara because I wanted to bend the ear of some of the best in the business. I also wanted to see how they managed a ranch of several hundred alpacas! One of my favorite moments was weighing in around 30 animals, which motivated me to buy a new scale. I learned that regular weigh-ins is one of the best ways to stay on top of alpaca health. Al and Jude were great. I came away with a memorable experience…and two pregnant Chakotah daughters!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mystic Brown

We are very excited to welcome this dark brown cria to the Goldyn Rae herd! Mystic’s dam, Hip Hop, is the daughter of Pucara International’s very best colored female, Pucara Sonata. Hip Hop’s sire is the famous Chakotah; Chakotah’s grand sire is the one and only Kahuna!

Mystic’s sire is 90 Proof of Castle Pines, a striking Sirius Black son in the MacGyver line who took first place in the 2010 AOBA, Futurity, CABA and NWAS shorn classes.