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Developing the NZ alpaca industry
since 1989 with top genetics, for studs & sales.

helptop.jpg (11363 bytes) We can help you with advice when buying  your alpaca, whether it be a breeding female, or stud male, or a wether for a pet.

We breed alpacas from top genetics and export alpacas (and llamas) to Europe and Asia.

We support you as you get started, and as you grow and develop your herd.

We have quality alpacas for sale

 Females, friendly wethers for pets and a selection of high quality studs and herdsires.  

All our breeding alpacas are veterinary checked and Tb tested clear, and come with a health record and their inoculations up-to-date.

We can help you with everything alpaca, throughout New Zealand and the world.
We have clients in both the North and South Island. Ask us about our delivery of alpacas to almost anywhere in New Zealand.

We have our alpacas being exported to around the world.  We have on-farm quarantine and arrange the exportation process.

 

 

"How to Buy an Alpaca"

Click and read


Nic's
  buyer guide.

We have selected elite quality alpacas on three continents, and built up considerable experience in assessing good animals.

Need help in Getting Started in Alpacas ?
Read these helpful hints and articles.

Import girls

We focus on top genetics, in stud males and pregnant females, to further improve the NZ herd. We use the best genetic lines, through males proven in the show-rings of USA and Australia, and proven through magnificent offspring already on the ground in these same countries. We are proud that in New Zealand we are now breeding alpacas  who we believe are of equivalent quality to many of the imported animals.  

We sell a few females and males from our own breeding, using males like the famous ILR Alpine Fiber's Brutus and Cambridge Commander. These boys and
Australian Junior National Champion Cambridge Encounter are mating our white and light coloured females. ILR Patagonia's Maipo, champion USA black, is being used across our darker girls, along with fawn and black champion Brutus sons, Titus and Black Adder. Our progeny are winning ribbons - and championships - at shows in New Zealand and overseas.

We make our experience and advice available to help you choose your alpacas.

Phone us for
advice and help
(03) 318-1917

Customers are welcome to visit our farm, benefit from our years of experience, and learn about alpaca husbandry, including how to handle and manage the animals for events such as shearing, mating, birthing.

Ask us about other alpacas we have available for sale in New Zealand and for export. 
As well as the alpacas listed below for sale, we have additional alpacas for sale.
 
  Here is just a sample of alpacas for sale - contact us for more details and more alpacas for sale.
We have individual sales sheets for each alpaca.

Our clients have access to our
FREE 0800
phone number

BREEDING FEMALES These girls are from quality breeding programmes. 
If not already pregnant, they are are ready to mate. Choose your sire and create your new generation of quality alpacas.
Genetic and breeding advice provided for all females sold.

We can inspect and select alpacas for you, marrying our knowledge and industry contacts with your animal requirements
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Cara Lee

EP Cambridge Cara Lee SOLD
But we have more girls like this available.

An older female born in Australia during quarantine from Peru and sired by Jolimont Maximus.  She has maintained an extremely low micron for her age and was 23.8 micron at sixth shear. She has produced extremely well for Southern Alpacas and produced excellent cria, most of whom are stud quality. She has a cute male cria at foot and can be re-mated soon.


 

   

Customers are welcome to visit our farm and learn about alpaca husbandry, including how to handle and manage the animals for events such as shearing, mating, birthing.

Updated for Dec 2016

AlpacaSellerNZ

Another good alpaca website for buying alpacas is AlpacaSellerNZ.


Studs for sale
We have quality boys to become studs for your herd. Our heritage of top class genetics is outstanding and now you can access these genetics with a stud from the famous Hemingway lines.

Click to see a range of studs for sale. These males sired by Brutus and Titus, would be fantastic across most females.
 

Delivering in our float
Wethers for sale
Wethered alpaca boys make great pets. They are easy-care animals, and fun to have around. You need at least two to keep each other company. These are trained to lead on a halter, and can be taken for walks. Great with children.

Young, fleeced coloured animals are usually from $250 to $400. (Plus GST)
This includes the actual wethering, which costs about $100.
They are all friendly and trained to walk on a halter and a lead.
They all have great fine fleece, suitable for using yourself or for sale to handcrafters.
 

Call us and come and visit and see these boys for sale.
 

Wethers - fine fleeced, friendly, wethered
 



Bailey
Born 31/12/14


Marcus
Born 14/12/15

Elliot
Born 25/12/15

Murphy
Born 10/02/2015

 

Darkside 
Born 1/02/2015

Shadow
Born 29/01/2015

Steely Dan
Born 25/11/2014

Tungsten Lad
Born 26/11/2015

Ironside 
Born 22/01/2015

CONSIDERATIONS IN SELECTING YOUR ALPACA
By Nic Cooper, Alpaca Services Limited

The alpaca industry is constantly changing.   

The first alpacas brought into the country in the late 1980's were different to those imported in the late 1990's. Bloodstock brought recently from Australia (USA genetics ex Peru) were a step up, and now we see imports direct from Peru.

The quality of the alpaca in NZ has improved immeasurably over the past 12 years - within a single generational lifespan of the animal.  It has been achieved far faster than on-farm breeding programmes, by replacing current "models" with better models through import.

In selecting your alpaca (either females or good stud services) basics are good health, good reproductive capability, zero genetic fault, and type/color to fit your own breeding goals/ business plan.

But you need more. You need the 4 "P"'s of alpaca purchase.

Bloodstock producers, in selection of good bloodlines, look at (in order of importance):

1) Progeny:  genetic quality (genotype) is best judged by looking at the alpaca's offspring -- not just one or two, all of them.   Consistently good progeny equates to strong genetic strength.

Progeny can be measured by visual inspection or judged in the Show Ring.  Looking at progeny is an excellent way of assessing underlying genotype.

2) Pedigree:  younger animals, or newer studs, have no progeny.  In this case the pedigree of the alpaca (available on two registries -- USA and Australasia) assists judgement.  

Parents with good progeny records.  Siblings with Show winning record.  Sires used by respected breeders.  These are indications that the offspring will carry the quality traits of the parent.  Pedigree is a reasonable way of assessing genotype.

Pedigree is harder for the newcomer, because it assumes prior knowledge of world renowned bloodlines.  This means research. Naming a stud " Captain Fantastic", does not mean it is fantastic.

But remember that Australia and USA have had registries for 10 years now, and most of the "venerable ancestors" have significant numbers of offspring on the registry, winning shows, and acting as successful studs in their own right.

South American countries have not yet developed registries.  Imports therefore have no pedigree (and usually no progeny) data to assess.

3) Phenotype:  how an alpaca "looks".  Shear data taken at a time and place, and maybe how well the photo was taken.    When progeny and pedigree data is not available, phenotype is all there is to assess.  Phenotype can be a reasonable proxy for underlying genotype.  Unfortunately not always.  Although you can gain some confidence by selecting from one of the top ranches.

NZ research shows phenotype -- particularly fibre characteristic -- is immensely effected by environment.    Davis concluded on alpacas imported to NZ from South America that fibre micron blow-out from the move to NZ averaged 6.8 micron.  Some alpacas coarsened 11.5 micron, yet others had very little blow out.  (ARJ Winter/Spring 1996). The practical problem is you do not know where each individual alpaca sits on the spectrum, until about 2 years after import!

A subjective view looks at the relative success of stud accoyo males imported into USA in 1994/5 (source --  "Accoyo" book.).  Some of these have had a tremendously positive impact on the alpaca industry in USA, Australia and NZ. Many others faded into mediocrity or obscurity.  Impossible to pick which at the time of import.

4) Price:  clearly the price of your alpaca has to fit your pocket.  Generally higher quality animals carry higher prices.  But beware the reverse price "snob" syndrome.  Whilst a cheap price generally means lower quality, a higher price does not of itself guarantee better quality.

Conclusion

It is necessary to have infusion of new blood into what is, in NZ, a small gene pool. But long-term sustained improvement in the herd in NZ has to drive from proven genotypic quality, not environmentally biased phenotypic data.

And at some time, the development of the breed has to be moved forward by solid breeding programmes, not expensive overseas purchases.

 

 

  Nic Cooper and Linda Blake
Main West Coast Road, West Melton, RD1, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone 0064 3 318-1917 | fax 0064 3 318-1927 | email alpacasnz@xtra.co.nz