Dam - Oakgrove Shalimar (SLF) - Tulaco/Plutarch Genetics
Taj is a young male from the blue ribbon genetics of Nemisis & Shalimar, a female that has exhibited excellent stay fine genetics & produced stud quality progeny.
(See sire & dam fleece stats at right)
Both parents are also descended from known stay fine alpaca genetics, so Taj has a wealth of stay fine genetics behind him. He is what we term a 'Vicuna Type' alpaca in that he exhibits the higher frequency, lower amplitude style of crimp & fine bone structure which are hallmarks of the Vicuna - one of the finest natural fibre producing animals in the world.
Taj has a beautiful creamy, bright, well nourished ultrafine fleece & when viewed externally on the animal it has what we call the 'clumpy' look, which our best stay fine alpacas often exhibit. He has a good body score of 3.0 to 3.5 so is not fine due to lack of nutrition. In fact Taj produces this fleece in dairy country known for richer pasture whilst also consuming a daily supplement of 16% protein pellets & muesli mix. This is genuine ultrafine genetics!
We think Taj shows all the hallmarks of ultra stay fine alpacas in both fleece & physical characteristics & so far he is proving us to be correct!
Taj will be sold with a certification & fertility guarantee.
We intend certifying him early 2015 now his 3rd fleece statistics have proven he is an exceptional animal able to maintain an ultrafine fleece for a 3rd year in a row.
1st Fleece 2012 at 7.5 months of age: 16.3 Micron, 3.3 SD, 20.1CV, 100%CF
Fleece length 95mm for 7 months growth
2nd Fleece 2013 at 20 months of age: 13.4 Micron, 2.7SD, 20.4CV, 100%CF
Fleece length 105mm for 12.5 months growth.
(7 Point Grid Test Average: 13.8 Micron, 2.7SD, 20.5CV, 100%CF)
3rd Fleece 2014 at 32 months of age: 14.6 Micron, 3.3SD, 22.7CV, 100%CF