Developing the NZ alpaca industry since 1989
with top genetics, for studs and sales.
|ILR Alpine Fiber's Brutus
From the bloodlines of USA Mike
Safleys Northwest Alpacas, sired
by the famous Peruvian
Hemingway — an icon of the US
industry — Brutus brings a totally
new dimension to New Zealand
alpaca genetic improvement. He has over 400 cria in NZ.
As we predicted, he
is making a huge impact on the NZ alpaca genetic scene, with
his progeny winning 250 ribbons in his first two show seasons.
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Brutus and cria in the
show ring have a truly impressive record. Before we stopped counting
(2008), his cria had won 90 championships and
20 supreme champions.
Brutus had had 40 wins and placings in sire's progeny. (in NZ)
There have been many more since in New Zealand, including a large
number of champions and Supremes at National Expo 2008.
Brutus progeny also excel overseas, with
several Supremes in the UK, and his offspring winning Supreme
Champion and Sire's Progeny at the National Dutch Show in 2009.
Pictured below is Aquaviva Marcus,
Supreme Champion National Dutch Show.
Pictured below is Aquaviva Claudius, a son of Brutus,
who was Supreme Champion, Champion Huacaya and
Fawn Champion at Hapert Show 2012 in The Netherlands.
Marcus, Claudius are full
brothers, and all champion sons of Brutus.
For shear weight, fineness and
the Columbia Alpaca Breeders Association annual show in May 2002,
one of the largest shows in the US, Brutus’ second
fleece, shorn at the AOBA show in May 2001, took second in
The white classes are always tough so his breeders were very
pleased with the result.
Brutus's third fleece won his
class in the Malvern Show 2002.
His third fleece won his class and
Reserve Champion fleece at the Palmerston North Show 2003.
And the same fleece in 2004 won
Champion huacaya fleece at the Fairlie Show.
His 6th fleece was
Senior Reserve Champion Expo
|Brutus progeny are
also winning fleece shows.
NZ Southern Julius fleece won the
Champion fleece at the Fairlie Show and also Reserve
Champion fleece at Manawatu Show 2004.
NZ Southern Capri fleece won the Supreme
Champion fleece at the Auckland Royal Show 2004, and
Reserve Champion fleece at the 2004 Canterbury Show.
She also won Supreme
Champion fleece at Manawatu 2005.
Silverstream Czar was Reserve Champion fleece at Manawatu.
Brutus is proving heterozygous white, throwing
towards the dam's colour with coloured offspring from darker dams, including some
He is proving homozygous to his fleece
characteristics and cria display minimal fleece or conformation variability.
His progeny display similar fleece characteristics with curvature in the mid to
high 40's. (degree/mm)
He predominates fineness and a very high secondary
to primary follicle ratio, giving good longer term fine shearweights. He has an
unusually high crimps per inch fleece - 10 crimps against the normal 6 - which
is related to low micron and lack of blow-out in fleece.
National Expo 2004 his progeny won
Champion Junior Female (above left),
Champion Intermediate Female (above
right), Champion Black, and his
progeny took 1st in Sire's Progeny.
the Ellesmere Show 2004 his
Champion Huacaya and
Champion Junior (alpaca above left -
Aquaviva Stardust), Reserve
Champion Intermediate, and Sire's
Progeny (1st and 3rd).
At Ellesmere Show 2005 Aquaviva Stardust won
Champion Intermediate huacaya.
In the 2003
Brutus progeny did well
in the junior classes.
Southern Capri and NZ Southern
Caledonia won awards,
Champion Junior Female
Reserve Champion Junior Female
at the large Christchurch Show.
These two Brutus females, Capri and
Caledonia, along with Julius, have
Sires Progeny awards.
They are pictured below with Julius.
NZ Southern Julius has taken two
Championships, including at the prestigious Royal Show,
and has won several Sires Progeny
awards. His first fleece
was Reserve Champion at both Fairlie and Manawatu Shows in
show season, Brutus progeny continued to do well
in the junior classes, and also the
Silverstream Alpacas, a part-owner of Brutus, won Manawatu,
Canterbury and Nelson shows with Brutus son Czar, and won
Champion at Wanaka, Malvern, and Reserve Champion at Mackenzie with Brutus son
At the Upper Clutha (Wanaka) Show 2004 Brutus
progeny took both Supreme and
Reserve Champion huacaya and Sire's Progeny as well.
In 2005 show winning
continued with Brutus progeny.
NZ Southern Perigord, pictured right, was
Champion at Upper Clutha Show in Wanaka 2005
NZ Southern Lennon won Senior Champion at Nelson Show 2005.
NZ Southern Helena was Reserve Champion Intermediate at Nelson Show 2005.
NZ Southern Distinction won Champion Junior huacaya at Canterbury 2005.
NZ Southern Zeus was Reserve Champion Senior at Canterbury 2005 to Silverstream
Czar, also a Brutus son.
Riverdale Dominico, won Champion Junior at Auckland Royal Easter Show
Silverstream Czar was Intermediate Champion at Manawatu and Senior Champion at
Silverstream Deja Vu won Champion Intermediate huacaya at Canterbury 2005.
Silverstream Euphrates won Champion Junior huacaya at Ellesmere 2005.
Aquaviva Stardust won
Champion Intermediate huacaya at
Rumuhanga Bailey won Champion Junior Hawkes Bay 2005.
In Sire's Progeny 2005 Brutus was 1st at
Hawkes Bay, 2nd at Manawatu, Ellesmere, Wanaka and Canterbury, 3rd at Waikato,
Ashburton, Kumeu, Auckland and the National Show and Expo.
2006 show winning
Brutus' cria continue to win at shows.
Here are some highlights from 2006 shows.
Canterbury Royal Show 2006
Champion Junior Female, Champion Senior Female and
Champion Intermediate Male
National Show 2006
Champion Junior Male
Manawatu Show 2006
Supreme Champion, Champion Junior Male, Champion
Junior Female, Champion Senior Male
Ellesmere Show 2006
Hawkes Bay Show 2006
Malvern Show 2006
Waikato Show 2006
Auckland Royal Show 2007
In 2006 Brutus was 2nd and 5th at the National Expo and 4th at Canterbury Show
Brutus sons now stand at stud. Many
Brutus boys now stand at stud. Here are some of our stud sons bred from our
and some also have links to their own webpages.
NZ Southern Lennon (right) is one of the best Brutus offspring, but the
judges find the
high amplitude, high frequency crimp
difficult to see.
He has great genetics and fine fibre
that will pass genetically fine characteristics with little blowout
He took second in his
Intermediate male class at Canterbury Show 2004.
Lennon won Senior Champion at Nelson
SF, 3.55 sd, 19.7% cv, 3.3 kg and a high curve of
Stud fee: $1,000 +GST
At Invercargill Royal Show 2004 Zeus won Intermediate male
white/light fawn class, ahead of boys who had previously taken supreme
championships. This shows the closeness of the competition amongst top young
Zeus was Reserve Champion Senior at Canterbury Show 2005.
NZ Southern Zeus (left) has been sold
and stands at stud in the Waikato.
Zeus' fleece makes him worthy of stud status.
First shear 17µ
SF, 3.49 sd, 19.6% cv, 3.3 kg and a high curve of 41 degrees.
|0.5% over 30 micron
|16.8 spin fineness
|1.9% > 30 micron
|18 spin fineness
These fleece details are butt cut readings
(year end, not year average). They are taken in lush North West USA conditions, in
His third shear, a fleece
grown in quarantine and New
Zealand, is 21.8 micron; 4.6
sd; 21.2% cv; 21.3 micron spin
fineness. This third fleece has won several
championships - see the box in the margin on the left.
fifth shear is
5.03 sd, 22.2% cv, 22.1
spin fineness (SF) and 40.4 curve.
Annualised shear weight: 4.95 kg.
His seventh fleece is
4.75sd, 21.2cv, 93.2cf and 21.8sf.
Annualised shear weight: 4.6 kg
Brutus is simply the best, with his AGE results showing he is one of
the best for fine fibre in Australasia, with an Alpaca Breeding
Value (ABV) of -4.1. This means he is producing progeny with the
finest fibre in the AGE system. He is consistently producing cria in
the low to mid teens micron.
Pedigree: From the legendary Hemingway
(shown left, picture from NorthWest Alpacas Plantel Genetics), Brutus represents the best
of USA "accoyo type" genetics.
dam still shears 25 micron at 9 years of age.
Brutus is available in the South Island
A large framed perfectly conformed alpaca, he will add shear weight,
fineness and incredible crimp to your prize female's progeny.
Brutus's stud fee:
Brutus has a high amplitude crimp, with more
crimps to the inch than usual.
type of fleece does not blow out as much.
At his eighth shear, he is still 22
Brutus is co-owned by Southern Alpacas Stud and Silverstream
Alpacas in Christchurch and Willowbank Alpacas in Wellington.
Updated March 2015
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org