Eastwind’s Snowstorm

Champion, Son of Champions, & Sire of Champions

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As-of Jan. 2017, Snowstorm offspring took home a halter class banner from the AOA/AOBA National Show 3 out of the last 4 years, and brought home 1st place halter ribbons from the AOA/AOBA National Show 5 out of the last 6 years.

In addition to being a multi-champion himself... Snowstorm's offspring have received 30 banners and over 100 1st & 2nd place ribbons. His ability to endow offspring with excellent conformation and advanced fleece traits has been validated in the showring, with offspring receiving many color champion & judges choice awards. From his first cria to the most recent one who was awarded Color Champion in both AOA National Halter & Fleece shows in 2016. Snowstorm offspring took home a halter class banner from the AOA/AOBA National Show 3 out of the last 4 years, and brought home 1st place halter ribbons from the AOA/AOBA National Show 5 out of the last 6 years.

"Fineness, crimp, density, uniformity, coverage, excellent conformation, and a beautiful head. This alpaca is the TOTAL PACKAGE." Those were the words of Dr. Julio Sumar (Peru) when he was awarding Snowstorm his first blue ribbon.

If you're looking for more objective data, check out his EPDs. Of standing studs that have Color Championships in a halter class, Snowstorm has one of the highest published EPDs for improving fineness, and he also has one of the highest published EPDs for curvature.

If you prefer color.... Snowstorm typically passes the color of the dam, with 45% of offspring being non-white and having sired multiple black offspring.

How Does Snowstorm Fit Your Breeding Program?

Some focus on pedigree and show winnings.  Snowstorm is a multi champion, double AOBA blue ribbon winner. Both his elite fleece and perfect conformation have been validated in the show ring.  Snowstorm's dam, NWA Ltd Juliana, is legendary for her lasting fineness with density, with a histogram AFD of 17 micron at 15 years old. Her well known sister, NWA Ltd Jean, produced the famous sire Jericho. And Snowstorm's sire, Snowmass Messiah, joins the density of Accoyo Snowmaster with the Hemingway fineness of Snowmass's Song Line.

Some focus on histograms.  Snowstorm had an 18 micron fleece in year 1, and only a 20.3 micron fleece in year 6.  That's the kind of lingering fineness everyone should be breeding for. His first year histograms were taken at shoulder, mid-side, and hip. The AFD scores were all between 18.0 and 18.4 micron, showing amazing uniformity. Not only is he fine and consistent, but he shears over 10 lbs of fine, uniform fleece.

Some focus on progeny testing.  Snowstorm is not only a multiple champion, but he has sired national champion offspring.  Snowstorm's offspring have received 30 banners and over 100 1st & 2nd place ribbons. His ability to endow offspring with excellent conformation and advanced fleece traits has been validated in the showring, with offspring receiving color champion & judges choice awards. From his first cria to the most recent one who was awarded Color Chamion in both AOA National Halter & Fleece shows in 2016. Snowstorm offspring took home a halter class banner from the AOA/AOBA National Show 3 out of the last 4 years, and brought home 1st place halter ribbons from the AOA/AOBA National Show 5 out of the last 6 years.

Livestock Breeding Experts Recommend EPDs.  Experts will tell you that when breeding for genetic improvement, there are 4 factors that influence your results:

  1. Selection Intensity: How "picky" you are in selecting breeding animals?
  2. Generation Interval: How quickly do we put in young, superior individuals?
  3. Genetic Variation: How much variability is in the population?
  4. Accuracy of Selection: How good are we at selecting the animals with best genetics?

Points #1 and #4 are best identified through study of EPDs that evaluate genetics in ancestors, siblings, and offspring while statistically eliminating the environmental factors. Snowstorm is not just in the top 1%, but he's one of the top 15 males for several traits. Of standing studs that have Color Championships in a halter class, Snowstorm has the highest published EPDs for improving fineness, and he's also the highest for curvature.  While individual traits are important, we breed for a combination of traits. Snowstorm is the top male for improving fineness, curvature, and fleece weight of standing studs with halter banners. (based on 2016 EPDs - top 20 AFD sorted by MC - Snowstorm is #1 overall and has the highest AFW of halter champions).

As breeders, we're not just focused on fineness, but fineness with fleece weight.  This is where Snowstorm sets himself apart, producing 10lb fleeces at sub-20 micron and having top epds for improving fineness, crimp, and fleece weight.

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Snowstorm Pedigree Description (family tree listed sire-first, oldest to most recent):

PERUVIAN HEMINGWAY G171 - (paternal great-grandsire)
Herdsire with greatest impact on American Alpaca Herds (and top EPDs today).
PERUVIAN SNOWMASTER - (paternal grandsire)
Accoyo imported from Peru in-utero with mom PPPeruvian Lilly (see below). Snowmass foundational herdsire exported to Australia after being sold for 250,000 and reportedly bred 80 females per year. Later became the only herdsire to be imported back to Peru because they wanted to recapture those genetics.
PPPERUVIAN EL MOUSTACHIO - (maternal grandsire)
Sheared 12 lb fleece before coming to America - heaviest fleece weight in 1995 import.
SNOWMASS MESSIAH - (sire)
Cas-Cad-Nac foundational herdsire & Futurity Champion.
PPPERUVIAN DUET 5022 - (paternal great-granddam)
Also produced Andean Song, mom of National Champion Snowmass Sub-Zero.
PPPERUVIAN LILLY - (paternal granddam)
Snowmass said "Accoyo Lilly 4605 has what we would call perfect alpaca genetics." Through 2012, other than accepting 250k for Snowmaster, they kept EVERY Lilly offsping..
SNOWMASS PERUVIAN MELODY - (paternal granddam)
Hemingway daughter that produced Snowmass Messiah and contributed to many Snowmass/CCNF lines.
PPERUVIAN LIZBETH B4261 - (maternal granddam)
Dam of NWA Jean and Jericho's Granddam.
NWA, LTD JULIANA - (dam)
Sister of NWA Jean (Jericho's mom). Produced multiple champions and maintained a crimpy 17 micron fleece at 15 years old.

Certificate

Fiber / Scientific Data

2004 AFD: 18.0, SD: 3.6, CV: 20.2, %>30: 0.7
2009 AFD: 20.3, SD: 4.3 (6 years old)
2017 AFD: 22.1, SD: 5.3 (14 years old)
Awards
Color Champion - 2004 Alpaca Mania
Reserve Color Champion 2005 Alpacapalooza
1st Place, Fleece Get of Sire, GWAS 2013
1st Place Yearling White Male - 2005 AOBA National Show
1st Place Bred and Owned - 2005 AOBA National Show
1st Place Yearling White Male - 2004 Northwest Alpaca Showcase
1st Place Yearling White Male - 2004 Alpaca Affaire Northwest
1st Place Yearling White Male - 2005 Heart of the Valley Show
and many more