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Eagle's Nest Graehawke


ILR # 267116

female  b. 7-18-2003

Gold'n Hawk x Green Valley's Picabo

Graehawke stands a solid 46" and weighed too much (377 lb) when she arrived here in October 2006; she’s slimmed down considerably and has shown herself to be a good athlete. She’s not the kind of llama who seeks out interaction with humans, so she’s more suited to Jim ... but that doesn’t mean she considers him to be “hers”.

Graehawke has an exceptionally nice Classic coat — the epitome of the “old kind” with an undercoat that grooms out almost entirely with a slicker brush and with no objection from the llama. That’s just the icing on a strong and straight body; level head most definitely included.

We had long wanted a Gold’n Hawk daughter with Gold’n Hawk’s excellent classic coat, logically-inclined nature, and stupendously heavy muscling and bone along with the other physical, temperamental, and genetic traits that we insist each of our breeding animals embody. Graehawke fits our desires to a “T” ... a dream come true! Unfortunately, Graehawke has been bred to two proven studs several times and although testing pregnant, has produced nothing. So much for dreams.

In early 2011, our veterinarian did diagnose a herd-wide subclinical selenium deficiency that, after treatment, is proving to be the cause of many of our females successfully conceiving but then losing pregnancies during the last few years. We had given up hope, but armed with that new information, we invested in a reproductive exam for Graehawke, which did not turn up any abnormalities. Subsequent correction of magnesium and iodine deficiencies has also improved reproductive success here, and it has also put Graehawk's cycling back to normal ... but her confirmed pregnancy did not carry to term.

Graehawke is too good to give up on, so we continue to delve into optimizing her reproductive health, try-try-and-try-again ... and cross our fingers ...

Graehawke’s name reflects both her color (grey-brown, or dun) and her sire (Gold'n Hawk, who goes by “Hawk”).