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Pleasant Journey Alpacas

Premier Genetics in Southwest Colorado

Susan and Glenn Kacsh
4128 CR 129Hesperus, CO 81326
970-259-3384
602-762-5399
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Summertime and the living is GREAT!

buddies- Freedom and Antero

buddies- Freedom and Antero

Wow, we did not realize that so much time has passed since our last blog. We are in our 4th season since moving here to the ranch. We moved up Sept 8th, 2012 so we got through a fall, winter and spring and we are now into summer. Each season has brought new experiences and yes, some trials and tribulations but we have forged ahead. Winter brought the snows and experiencing winter for the first time in 18 years. We would not let a frozen water pipe pr flooded barn keep us down!

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Kiowa- born 6/11/13

Kiowa- born 6/11/13

Antero- born 6/18/13

Antero- born 6/18/13

Freedom- born 6/30/13

Freedom- born 6/30/13


Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Magic of Alpacas!

Graycee Spirit

Graycee Spirit

Alpacas are a very special and magical animal. These delightful creatures each have unique personalities that will make you fall in love with them. This is what happened for all alpaca owners across the country. While we are all in the business of raising these animals for their exquisite fiber, breeding and selling of the animals, it is the awesome alpaca themselves that makes us all very fortunate to own them and be in the business.

Alpaca fiber is a luxury fiber and is not yet pro read more...
Cocotini and GreyHawk

Cocotini and GreyHawk

Gunssmoke

Gunssmoke

Sunbathing after shearing

Sunbathing after shearing

Aerie

Aerie


Monday, October 22, 2012

We are HOME!

Some of our girls enjoying the view!

Some of our girls enjoying the view!

We are finally HOME! After years of planning, hard work and lots of determination, we have finally gotten moved back home to Colorado. Our wonderful 35 acre ranch in Hesperus, CO is now home to our herd of 25 +/- quality alpacas. While there is still a TON of work to do and at times, it is a bit overwhelming, we could not be happier. We have a wonderful barn, a great house, very nice alpaca pens and meeting great new neighbors!

As we are enjoying a very nice and mild fall here in sou read more...
Keeping the Kubota busy!

Keeping the Kubota busy!

View from north end of pens to house and barn

View from north end of pens to house and barn

Our dear Durango- we miss you!

Our dear Durango- we miss you!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Almost! We are ALMOST home!

The early morning sun on our home!

The early morning sun on our home!

We are almost ready for our BIG move to our new ranch in Hesperus, CO. Alpaca pens are fenced in, barn is ready and the human house is 99.9% finished. Aww, who cares about the human house, it is the alpacas that count! Counting our way down to Labor Day weekend which is now slated for our move home. It has been a long year and tons of blood, sweat, tears and laughter along the way. Getting settled into the house and getting our alpacas to our ranch is utmost on our priority list right now.
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Two more cria......one more to come!

Lady Felina

Lady Felina

We have had two new cria hit the ground since our last blog. It is always exciting to see new cria! still waiting one one more (as of June 3 mom is at day 352).

Lady Felina graced us with her presence on April 18th. While all appeared fine the first day, Felina started losing weight in the first 3 days. Her dam Mary was suffering from a mild case of mastitis. Once we got that taken care of, Felina started on a steady daily weight gain and is now a beautiful and proud little alpaca. H read more...
Felina & her dam, Proud Mary

Felina & her dam, Proud Mary

Felina

Felina

Felina and Willy

Felina and Willy

Durango Willy (Poseidon grandson)

Durango Willy (Poseidon grandson)


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Like Pappa!

Adonnis' Altitude NS- 2011

Adonnis' Altitude NS- 2011

One of the things that you hope for in a herdsire is for him to throw himself or better and to have the traits of himself shine through. We are so pleased with Adonnis' Altitude as with each new cria that is from him, we see the positive traits.

Take a look at these pictures of Altitude as a cria and pictures of 3 of his offspring. Note the head and the stature. Strong, straight, big boned. We feel that his most recent offspring, Altitude's GreyHawk just might become superior to Altit read more...
Aerie and GreyHawk- spring '12

Aerie and GreyHawk- spring '12

Aerie at 1 month

Aerie at 1 month

Graycee at 4 months (sheared) with her sneer

Graycee at 4 months (sheared) with her sneer

GreyHawk at 5 weeks

GreyHawk at 5 weeks


Sunday, March 11, 2012

New crias.......and more still to come

Gunssmoke (coming at ya!)

Gunssmoke (coming at ya!)

The end of 2011 and the start of 2012 has been exciting for Pleasant Journey Alpacas. We have 5 wonderful new crias born so far with 3 more still to come. Our goal as a small breeder has been to choose the correct breedings to improve our herd. This crop to new crias has proven to us that we are making this happen. Our very own herdsire Adonnis' Altitude NS has sired 3 awesome young cria for us so far and we are anxiously awaiting the last one from him to arrive in April.

We now have read more...
Graycee (interested in little grass)

Graycee (interested in little grass)

Shianna at only one day old

Shianna at only one day old

Cowboy (on the move)

Cowboy (on the move)

GreyHawk at 7 days old

GreyHawk at 7 days old


Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year to all!

Graycee Spirit at 6 days old

Graycee Spirit at 6 days old

We are coming to the end of another year. 2011 has been quite a year for Pleasant Journey Alpacas. We welcomed the first cria, Aerie from our 2x Color Champion Adonnis' Altitude NS. She is all we were hoping for and more. Watching her grow and mature has been exciting and having her win her first blue ribbon at FallFest 2011 was wonderful.

A barn was constructed on our 35 acres in Hesperus, CO. Some of the animals even have had a chance to stay at the barn this fall while being trans read more...
Graycee at 2 1/2 weeks old

Graycee at 2 1/2 weeks old

Graycee and Gunssmoke

Graycee and Gunssmoke

yes, the pen is temporary!

yes, the pen is temporary!

Sunset over Sleeping Ute

Sunset over Sleeping Ute


Sunday, November 27, 2011

First Cria of the Season!

Gunssmoke- about 2 hours old

Gunssmoke- about 2 hours old

Early on Thanksgiving morning Pleasant Journey Alpacas welcomed our first cria of this season. We woke to our maremma Charlotte doing a lot of barking. She barks a lot, as a good guard dog should, so we did not pay a lot of attention to what she was actually trying to tell us. We learned a valuable lesson when Glenn went out about 7:15 AM and saw our girl Bijou with her very first cria by her side. She presented us with a very nice dark fawn male that we named Gunssmoke (yes, it is Gunssmoke) s read more...
about 4 hours old.....

about 4 hours old.....

and one day......

and one day......

Yes Charlotte...keep an eye on them

Yes Charlotte...keep an eye on them


Monday, October 3, 2011

October Already!

Boys at the ranch

Boys at the ranch

October already, summer is gone (which in Arizona is a good thing!)

The Colorado ranch continues to slowly progress, vet / fiber rooms are ready for cabinetry and work surfaces to be installed. The workshop is ready for workbenches and tools to tackle the myriad of projects on the list.

We still hope to get some time to start pens this fall between shows and the upcoming cria season.

A few of our boys spent time on the ranch while we worked on some projects.
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Cimarron and Frisco at the new barn

Cimarron and Frisco at the new barn

Checking out the mountain view

Checking out the mountain view

Vet Room

Vet Room

Fiber room

Fiber room