We bought Patagonia's Neruda at the 2007 Futurity Show and Sale and he is now part of our group of elite Herdsires. His previous owners at Alpacas de la Patagonia considered him one of their top three herdsires.
Patagonia reserved him for client use only and as a result, outside breedings to Neruda were ALWAYS been restricted. He was "a cornerstone of their black and grey breeding program" giving them their "FINEST black and grey fleeces that are virtually free of medullated fiber".
Neruda's sire Shackleton, a black male brought from Chile, was for many years one of the finest fleeced males found in Patagonia. This is remarkable if we consider that 10 years ago, the difference in fineness between black and white alpacas was much more apparent than it is today. At three years of age Shackleton's histogram was 18.9m/3.8sd/20.1cv/1.2%>30.
Neruda's dam Kodiak is true maroon in color and her offspring have been dark brown, black and grey. At three years of age her histogram was 18.3m/3.7sd/20.2cv/1.1%>30. Neruda is now available for limited outside breedings with a maximum of 10 per calendar year. We have a selected group of a few females bred to Neruda that are for sale and are due this fall.
Neruda is co-owned with Aconcagua Alpaca Farm.