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Alpaca Breeding and Sales since 1992

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Our Alpaca journey
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We have been breeding alpacas for more than 25 years and although we don’t have the show presence that we once did our commitment to breeding and developing superior alpacas with advanced fleece styles, excellent temperament and conformation has not diminished.​​

Sales and Service
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We have alpacas for all requirements and budgets. We also provide stud services to our AAA registered and certified males.

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Take advantage of our extensive breeding experience. Click here to learn more.​

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Alpaca Faq's

Alpacas are herd animals and require the company of other alpacas.

Alpacas that are kept away from other alpacas can stress or develop behavioural problems.

There are only 2 reasons to hand rear a cria. 

  • The mother has died
  • The mother cannot produce enough milk

Taking a cria away from it’s mother is cruel to both the mother and baby.

It can lead to stress on both animals. Baby alpacas have specific nutritional requirements and should only be hand reared by experienced owners.

Cria should always be hand reared in the herd in order to prevent behavioural problems as they get older.

Vendors specifically selling bottle fed cria are possibly breaking animal welfare laws.

A baby alpaca is known as a cria.

Male – Macho

Female – Hembra

Although the market for alpaca fleece is strong there are a number of factors that determine how much you can sell your fleece for.

  1. Volume – Processors have minimum volume requirements for processing. You may have to stock pile or join with other breeders to secure a buyer for the fleece.
  2. Quality –  Processors have specific requirements for the fleece they need to produce specific items. They look for specific lengths, micron and colour. They will downgrade fleece if it has too much hair, colour contamination, other forms of contamination ie. vegetable matter and lack of uniformity of micron and style.
  3. Consistency – Although many processors do blend fleece it is difficult to maintain consistency of colour. Some colours like brown and fawn are more easily blended.
  4. Fleece preparation –  proper skirting, removal of colour contamination and removal of heavily contaminated fleece is important to ensure a quality product.
  5. Fleece length – overly long fleece and overly short fleece has no commercial value.
  6. Value – determined by weight and market price based on quality.
  7. Value Adding – many smaller producers value add to get a higher return from small quantities of fleece.
  8. Shearing – A good shearer will minimise second cuts and ensure a more uniform fleece length.

The short answer is no. Alpacas are stimulated ovulators and can mate at any time of the year.

Male alpacas have been known to kill or severely injure females from overmating. They also pose a risk to cria if they are left in with mothers and cria.

Yes alpacas spit, generally it is at each other, but it’s not uncommon to get caught in the cross fire.

The most common reason for alpacas to spit is for females to keep males away when they are pregnant, but they also spit to assert dominance.

To avoid being spat at don’t make eye contact.

The average age for an alpaca is about 16 years, but some have been known to live well into their 20’s. It depends on their general health.

The numbers of alpacas to be shorn will affect price. The more to shear the lower the price.

It also depends on whether it is just a straight shearing or if the shearer is undertaking other tasks such as trimming feet and giving injections. The cost can be as high as $50 per head down to around $8 per head.

If you don’t have proper shearing facilities or require the shearer to catch and tip animals you can expect to pay more, than someone who has the animals penned and ready to shear and has sufficient handlers to assist with catching and tipping.

Although alpaca fleece does regulate body temperature, alpacas that carry too much fleece in summer can die from heat stress.

It is also possible that foreign objects like wire and branches can be hidden in overfleeced animals. This poses a risk to both the alpaca and shearer at shearing.

Alpacas can also suffer from skin conditions which may go undetected and untreated if over fleeced.

Join an Association

If you want to learn more about alpacas and the alpaca industry, join the Australian Alpacas Association or similar group in your home country.

These organisations provide invaluable informaton about care and managment of animals, showing and industry news.

 

The Australian Alpaca Association is not only a breed society. It provides a range of invaluable services to alpaca owners, such as:

  • Research 
  • Marketing of fibre and meat
  • International promotion of Australian fibre and meat.
  • Information and advice about animal health and welfare and biosecurity.
  • Advice and assistance to new alpaca owners in relation to care and management.
  • Industry training.
  • On line sales options through eAlpaca.

There a number of membership levels you don’t have to be a stud breeder to get benefits out of being a member of the AAA.

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BUYING ALPACAS ON LINE

Buying alpacas online, like many other purchases has become common place but there are some unique issues that need to be considered when purchasing your alpaca. Firstly the alpaca is obviously a living thing and as a consequence accidents do happen and animals die and suffer illness. It is normal in livestock sales that ownership …

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Cooking With Alpaca

I’m not a qualified cook or chef, I am a passionate home cook who happens to breed alpacas. This blog has come about partly out of frustration. As an alpaca breeder we have to cull alpacas that don’t satisfy our breeding requirements and often these animals are significantly older than commercial meat producers would slaughter. …

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Line Breeding

Line breeding is one of the most useful tools that a stud breeder has. Put simply it is mating genetically similar animals to consolidate desirable genetic traits. Although we would like to think that by mating like to like we will produce clones this in fact is very unlikely because in breeding outcomes approximately 30% …

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Drought Planning, what is it?

The current pattern of lower than average rainfall is predicted to continue.As livestock producers we have two options we can ignore the predictions and hope that we have the financial resources, available feed and water to sustain our livestock or we can plan for what could eventuate if the drought continues. Hope for the best …

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Injections

Giving injections is one of the most important skills that you will need to develop if you intend owning alpacas. Alpacas require regular vitamin and mineral supplements, vaccinations and drenches. Some drenches can be administered orally but many are injectable.  Many of the required mineral and vitamin supplements are most effectively administered by injection. In …

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What you need to know before acquiring an alpaca herd guard or pet.

Whether you are buying an alpaca as a pet or a guard there are a number of facts that you must be aware of; General Information Alpacas are herd animals and as such need to grow up in the herd environment to develop normal alpaca behaviour. By removing young alpacas from the herd situation you …

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Neglect is not ok

Whether you pay thousands of dollars for your alpacas or acquire them free of charge they do require appropriate management and care. Therefore it is the responsibility of all alpaca owners to learn about the appropriate care and management of alpacas. Ignorance is not an excuse when it comes to neglect, especially when there are …

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Payment plans

We understand that it’s not always that easy to find the cash to pay for that special alpacas to add to your breeding program, or to buy a group of alpacas to start your breeding journey. Many breeders are struggling to meet feed costs with the worsening drought in NSW and QLD. We have felt …

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Local alpaca meat producer wins prestigious award

Congratulations to the Tallarook Meat company for being awarded a bronze medal in the Australian Food awards for their alpaca cabana. Form more information check out their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tallarookmeatco/ or visit them at one of the local farmers markets.

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