Keiko

(b.2006, Sire – Viscount)

Keiko meaning ‘adored one’ in Japanese is definitely adored as her dam, Hazel,  while pregnant with Keiko, developed an ulcer after her trials coming from Australia; our vets weren’t coming up with the right answers, so she was shipped off with a friend to the veterinary hospital where she was cured.

We never imagined Keiko would survive intact through this trauma, but Hazel duly gave birth to our little adored one. She was one of our best Viscount cria of 2006 and the densest cria we had so far bred. Intelligent, just like her mother and sister, she takes a keen interest in anything that is happening to any other alpaca. Her first fleece:18.91µ; 3.75sd; 19.8cv; 0.6>30µ 52.9 Curve. 12months old, June 2007.

Keiko had an illustrious if short show career – 2nd Junior Fawn Female at the BAS National 2007, 1st Junior Fawn Female, Reserve Champion Junior Female, Best Fawn and Reserve Supreme Champion at the Northumberland County Show 2007, followed by 1st Junior Fawn fleece and Best Fawn Fleece at the Royal Fleece Show in 2007 (Cameron Holt) and Best Fawn Fleece and Reserve Champion Fleece at the Scottish National Fleece Show 2007 (63 fleeces from the U.K.)and Supreme Champion in the halter classes of the same show.

Update 2014

Of Keiko’s five progeny that have been shown so far (all full siblings, by Top Account), they have won 19 championships, including four Supreme Champions and one Reserve Champion. This includes the winnings of Prodigy – working herd-sire in Germany and Fowberry Nobility, unbeaten fawn male (over 137 other males).