Nic Cooper and Linda Blake of Southern Alpacas Stud and Alpaca Services.
Years of international expertise and knowledge
Breeding alpacas on a purpose-built facility
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WHO WE ARE
We live on the outskirts of Christchurch with our herd of
quality alpacas. We're on the Main West Coast Road near West Melton, just 15
minutes from the airport, so we are easy to visit.
We began exporting in 2006 and our alpacas have gone to England, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Australia and Taiwan.
We also established an alpaca farm in Villereal in the south of France
in 2015, from which we support our European clients and sales. (farm entrance
One of New Zealand's top studs
We are primarily a stud farm. Our breeding programme is for quality herd improvement. This means well conformed alpacas, with fine fibre, low guard hair and extreme uniformity, with dense fibre coverage giving greater shear weights. We enjoy the diversity of natural colours in the alpaca, and breed for quality in all colours, rather than any specific colour.
We have two main herds on the farm - our
Southern Alpacas with the SNZ herd code and Hemiccoyo with the HEM code recognising
our Hemingway and Accoyo genetics. Successful exports from Southern and
our clients are known in Europe, for instance the champion studs Southern Big Foot,
Hemiccoyo Matrix, Greenstone Mars, Aquaviva Claudius, Aquaviva Marcus.
We look for a line back to the "venerable ancestors" of past days in Peru, whether they be Accoyo or Macusani. With our Alpine Fiber's Brutus we have generated out own "venerable ancestor".
IMPORTS AND EXPORTS
On the female side we have females with strong Accoyo background, proven by show winning performance in USA and Australia.
We imported the first ever alpaca from USA - Alpine Fiber's Brutus. Sired by the legendary Peruvain Macusani Hemingway — the icon of the USA industry — performing ahead of imported Accoyo males. Brutus' arrival bought proven and tested top USA genetics to NZ.
We have now imported more alpacas from USA, bringing new genetics who are impacting on the NZ herd. Stud male Patagonia's Maipo is 2005 USA National Black Champion Male.
Since 2006 we have
also been exporting, with pregnant females and some males going to the UK and
Europe and now Asia. It is exciting to see our genetics having a place internationally.
Modern, purpose-built, secure facilities
Our farm is dedicated to alpacas with no other stock run in the paddocks. Our facilities include specially designed undercover yards with a raceway to each paddock, and our educational "Alpaca Gallery" with a health care room and a cria care area.
Our property is irrigated to ensure year round green grass, and hay and alpaca nuts are given as supplements when required.
The alpacas have free access to shelter sheds from all paddocks, all viewed from the house, and with a deer fence perimeter and a person always on site, your alpacas are secure.
We have a secure veterinary cupboard in our health care room, and spin down and store plasma in case of emergencies. An experienced alpaca vet lives nearby.
We have clear herd Tb status under the AANZ voluntary industry scheme (C10 status). We are Johnes free and do not run our alpacas with any other stock.
Updated March 2015
Nic Cooper and Linda Blake