Every breeder appreciates recognition for their breeding program. We make our breeding decisions carefully, using top stud males and females. We use males and females for breeding who have the characteristics to continue improvement of the Suri breed. We don't want to just breed. We want to improve. Every year.
We gather data from a variety of sources to help us determine who will breed and then we use that data to determine the best matches on our farm. Each year we have fiber samples analyzed from at least half our animals to determine fineness, consistency, and comfort factor. We do skin biopsies on our top animals to determine density of fiber. We use information from the Suri Herd Improvement Program (SHIP) to identify strengths and weakness of each animal in both fiber and conformation. Lastly, we show our animals at alpaca shows around the country to see how they stack up to other high quality alpacas and to get feedback from professional alpaca judges.
In 2017 we were honored to receive the Judges Choice for both males and females at The Futurity. Argento's Moonlight of Harmony received first place, Color Championship, and then the Judges Choice award for females. Tikanui's Zen of Harmony received first place, Color Championship, and then Judges Choice for males. This was thrilling!
Pucara Puresuri Tikanui has proven himself to be a fabulous stud. His offspring have won over and over again in the show ring, and will be starting the next generation of offspring soon. Tikanui has consistently scored in the top 1% of EPDs in the United States. He has fabulous fleece, outstanding presence, and a calm, easy going personality that we see in most of his offspring.
Here are just a few of Tikanui's offspring. He was the first place winner 5 times in Get of Sire competitions in 2015 alone, demonstrating outstanding ability to stamp his excellence on his progeny.
Suri Herd Improvement Program Classification
In February 2014 our ranch participated in the Suri Network's Suri Herd Improvement Program.
Certified classifiers came to our farm and spent three days looking at every alpaca on our ranch and rating them on eight conformational characteristics and eight fleece characteristics. The results? We obtained expert input - unique to each animal - that will help us as we make breeding decisions. Our herd information will also help build a data base of all Suris in the country, so that EPDs can be calculated for Suri alpacas. Participating in the Suri Herd Improvement Program was, without a doubt, a wonderful investment for our farm, our alpacas and their future generations, and for the US Suri herd.
The Suri Breed Standard
The Suri Network developed the first Suri Breed Standard in the world, in 2006. In 2016 the Breed Standard was revised and overwhelmingly approved by the Suri Network Membership. The Breed Standard provides an outstanding guide for Suri breeders and potential owners to help assess the quality of their alpacas. We encourage owners and potential owners to download and use this tool to assess their own animals as they make breeding decisions, and also when purchasing animals. You can download it here.
Discover Suri Alpacas!
This video, developed by the Suri Network, is a wonderful primer to Suri alpacas!
Harmony Ranch In the News....
Futurity Breeder of the Year, Large Farm Division 2017
Reserve Suri Breeder of the Year - 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016!
We were proud to have been named the Reserve Suri Breeder of the Year. This award is given as a result of The Futurity Show and is among the most coveted in the alpaca industry. In 2013 and 2014, our classification was as a medium farm. In 2015 and 2016, we were awarded Reserve Suri Breeder of the Year in the Large Farm Division.
Amanda is a beautiful girl, born 9/14/15 to our Lenoxx. She is named for Amanda Brady, a beautiful young lady who passed away at the age of 13 on 9/22/11. Amanda Brady loved animals and wanted to own an alpaca someday.
The Purple Peace Foundation was founded in memory of Amanda Brady, in order to promote awareness of epilepsy. You can learn more about Amanda and the Purple Peace Foundation at www.purplepeacefoundation.org.