Ballintotas Alpacas maintains a small herd of male alpacas who possess gentle personalities and produce abundant fibre. We geld most of our males because they do not meet the rigorous standards of our breeding program. Gelding them allows us to mix and match the best personalities (even allowing some to hang out with the girls to bond with male crias) to make it a smooth transition when young males are moving to the 'boys' side'.
Belfast is a double registered male with impressive conformation and fleece structure. His grand-dam, Murragamba, was Grand Champion at the PNE. His sire was Grand Champion Adult Male at Alpaca Ontario 2006. His fawn fleece fades to white but his blanket fleece is a uniform fawn colour. He continues to sport impressive fineness and crimp as he ages.
Dublin is a double registered male who descends from impressive genetics. His sire, Silver Cloud Armani, was Grand Champion White Male, Alpaca Ontario, 2003. Armani posseses spectacular, dense fleece with high frequency crimp, bundling and lustre. Armani's fibre stats at age 2 were AFD 19.1. Armani took third for sire’s progeny at Alpaca Ontario, 2006, out of 10 entries. Dublin’s Grandsire Alpamayo is famous in western Canada for his award winning offspring, including the supreme champion at the 2002 and 2003 Futurity. Dublin’s bright, white fleece continues to be outstanding and his are the first yarns, rovings and finished products to sell! Dublin’s sweet personality and nose to nose kisses are always welcomed at feeding time.
This attractive, curious boy placed third at Alpaca Ontario Show 2004, but because of our decision to breed to only top ranking sires, we opted to geld him and breed off-site. Shogun produces an abundance of high quality fibre that has resulted in great yarns, woven scarves and throws. He is always first in line for treats and chin rubs!
Cyrus sports a calm and quiet disposition. His bright, white fleece (shearing over 5-1/2 pounds each shearing) produces a striking yarn, and is soft with a sheen when woven into a finished product.
This big boned leader is the “watchdog” of the herd, but a gentle giant at injection and toenail time. Shearing an annual average of 5-1/2 lbs of fibre, his two tone fleece need not be colour sorted to produce a beautiful shade of soft handled yarn.
This alpaca has a sweet personality but can't be trusted to share the kiddie pool with the rest of the boys on hot summer days. He is quickly noticed by visitors because of his dark “eyeliner” and vicuna colouring. Creemore’s fibre is extremely fine with a soft handle that produces end pieces with smooth, butter-soft qualities. When tested at 5 years of age, Creemore was still sporting a 21.2 micron fleece.
This beautiful brown boy is a gentle male, who stands still for routine medical care and is a relaxed participant at shearing time. The best of Damian's rich brown fleece is featured in our weaving products and hand-knits and his seconds and thirds appear in our placements, table-runners, rugs and insoles, adding a deep tone that complements the fawns in the herd.