At Millpaca Stud we concentrate on breeding Huacaya alpacas, which is the most popular and in-demand breed of alpaca in the world. This breed is characterised by a curly fibre with a dense fleece, and unlike Suri alpacas, they are much more adaptable to thriving in harsh climates.
Over the past four years, we have closely monitored the most successful breeders and leaders of the alpaca industry and the great achievements that have been made here and globally, and we have invested significantly in best-practice Huacaya breeding development. This has enabled Millpaca to gain access to some of the best frontline genetics that are available in Australia.
After extensive research, we decided very early on in the planning process to just concentrate on solid whites and pure Peruvian blacks. As each cria drop falls due, there is a great sense of excitement and pride in noting the differences and improvements made from the influence of each dam and sire.
The Millpaca Stud’s overall aim is to produce the perfect mix of confirmation, bone density, low micron fleece and lowered SD. All while maintaining excellent lustre and retaining good handling traits, as well as increasing the amount of fleece that can be sheared from each animal commercially, for those who manage flocks full-time and committed hobby farmers too.
When you purchase an alpaca from Millpaca; or utilise our stud service, you really can be assured that they are among the best Huacaya alpaca stock you can get anywhere. Our slogan ‘breeding perfection’ reinforces our ongoing aim to breed the best, and that’s the Millpaca difference.
286 Tindalls Lane
Berry NSW 2535
On Australia Day 2020, it will be 25 years since I chose and purchased my first alpaca.
“Chose” might be an overstatement, as there was only one for sale. In 1995 in Tasmania, alpacas were thin on the ground and nobody was selling.
I didn’t have the experience or confidence to consider a trip interstate to purchase and so that local girl came home with me, accompanied by her llama-like companion. (dear old Ben) I thought Laura was wonderful.
With the benefit of hindsight, a blue-eyed white, mated to a grey male might not have been the best recommendation for a new breeder to start with. Perhaps unsurprisingly, nothing came of that little foray into alpaca breeding.
Some months later, I purchased her black mother, an original Chilean import, the magnificent and very Chilean Regal Girl, a fiery old thing with a white blaze on her forehead. Also unsurprisingly, Regie gave me a number of very pretty tuxedo blacks with fleece like border collie hair. But I was by then a fledgling “Black Breeder”, a niche that I decided on fairly quickly.
A year or two into my alpaca life, I had the opportunity to reshape my herd, refining my niche of sound black. The herd progressed. In 2004 there was a further review of my goals when I was able to access quality Peruvian black genetics and gradually the Wharncliffe herd started to move towards today’s look. Since then there have been some wonderful comments from Judges about the lustre, colour and handle of Wharncliffe fleeces and have been awarded a Supreme Championship. multiple Best Blacks and other Broad ribbons. Significantly, Wharncliffe pairs have won or placed in both Sire’s and Dam’s progeny awards at Tasmanian Shows over the past few years. This has been achieved by putting as much emphasis on the quality of the females as on the herd sires.
Being on a small property - and wedded to my house and garden - my goalposts have become increasingly narrow. I do not have the room to follow the many interesting byways that black breeding can offer. No space to house the browns and fawns that would appear if I followed the common path of using a dense fawn male to add some of the structure needed by blacks - and no space to deal with the fawns and greys that would eventuate if I used a fabulous grey.
I was told 20 years ago that “the best blacks come out of greys”. It can be true and would be fun.
But here’s the thing: my best blacks come out of blacks.
The Wharncliffe blacks have now developed a look: sound conformation, true, inky blackness and a silky, soft handling fleece that you just want to smother yourself with. To the best of my ability my alpacas are black out of black out of black.
Others do it differently, using greys and fawns and their blacks are frequently outstanding. I’m aware that there are characteristics - such as extreme density - that I might never develop in the herd to the same extent. However when you live with blacks, even in our cool Tasmanian climate, you realise that extreme density in a black might not be the best thing in terms of animal welfare. I’m far more interested in how the fleece handles, how consistent are the offspring and for how many years will the fleece remain useful.
Over the past 25 years, having gone through various phases, I’m now less hung up on the numbers. Instead: how does it handle? How consistent is it over the body of the animal? Does the judge have to get down on his/her knees under the belly to find where it runs off? The answers to these questions, in order, are: It handles beautifully. Consistency is improving. Yes the judge has to look hard.
And by the by, the numbers are good, according tested samples. First fleeces are 17-18 micron with SDs between 2.8 and 3.6. 16-year-olds still produce 19m fleece. Most are under 25m in any age group and those that aren’t, feel as if they are.
Females from the 2017 and 2018 drop are now available for sale to committed breeders whose goals align with our signature of soft handling, lustrous, true black alpaca.
Since 2007 our goal has been to help alpaca growers value add their fleece by processing to any specification. As alpaca breeders ourselves, we recognise that value adding plays an integral role in the future viablity of the Australian alpaca indusrty.
Our reputation for quality processing is built on our in-depth knowledge of alpaca fibre and our desire to create a product that does justice to the fibre of the gods.
Alpaca comes in infinite variations, which can make processing it rather challenging. With over 25 years experience as alpaca breeders and over 10 years as fibre processors we know how to get the best out of your fleece
We have a complete suite of mill equipment made specifically for the cottage industry that is capable of processing all natural fibres.
Our mill's versatility means we can process small batches (down to a single fleece) separately, which allows people to trace their product to a single alpaca, or we can process large batches by combining fleeces.
As well as processing on consignment, we produce our own home grown luxurious yarns and products under the brand of Alpaca Allure.
Our Alpaca Allure products are specially selected from fleeces that are grown, harvested and processed sustainably & ethically entirely on our farm from our own Glenavon Alpaca herd,
or sourced from other select farms using our stringent quality specifications.
Stevley Park Suris
50 Shades of Brown
We have bred many broad ribbon winners and our breeding program is now at the stage to offer quality affordable packages.
Check out our sales list www.stevleypark.com.au
On farm husbandry and shearing workshops are available on request. Having been in the industry for nearly 20 years we enjoy giving back and offer mentoring, help with farm layout and ongoing support for new customers and new members entering the industry.
Futura Alpaca Stud
The Futura Story
Established in 1993 by Greg & Judy Smith.
Our 100 acre (40ha) farm is in Albany on the South Coast of Western Australia.This region of W.A. has mild weather with regular rainfall ensuring lush pastures – perfect alpaca country.
Committing to the alpaca industry twenty-six years ago has given our life a focus and enabled us to live a wonderful lifestyle which many can only dream of.
How do you measure success?
- Is it breeding strong, healthy animals?
- Is it seeing dramatic improvement in fleece quality?
- Is it succeeding in the show ring?
- Is it making money?
- Is it having a purpose and motivation?
- Is it interacting with likeminded people?
- Is it belonging to a viable livestock industry?
We at Futura can proudly say YES to all the above.
Ribbons and trophies adorn our home but sharing this journey as a couple with our family and extended alpaca family is what has made this so worthwhile and rewarding.
We welcome enquiries as we release a limited number of alpacas for sale each year.
Story Book Alpacas
ALPACA: Remarkable, Unique, and Australian.
“Once upon a time” is a catchphrase that, according to the Oxford Dictionary, has been used as the opening lines for storytelling since the 1380s. These stories to end with “they all lived happily ever after” – and Storybook Alpacas is such a tale.
Once upon a time there was a family who shared a love and belief in the notion of Carpe Diem – Seize the Day – make your life extraordinary. This has lead them into a life of adventures: Martial Arts (Just for Kicks Taekwondo), Olives, and Alpaca Breeding.
Our initial involvement commenced in 2003 when our daughter was but 3 years of age – height wise, cria size. Rubey’s first childhood recollections are walking amongst alpacas in the paddocks and holding pens at Coolaroo when we were selecting our preliminary herd.
For us, at Storybook Alpacas, our commitment is to the entirety of the Alpaca, the sustainability of Australian Agriculture, and to the passion for the development of genetically bred champions.
Storybook Alpacas are excited to be a part of this wonderful industry, now and happily ever after!
Alcatraz Alpacas is situated in the beautiful Swan Valley, where their small herd of Huacaya Alpacas enjoy life while growing their lovely fleece.
Alcatraz are focusing on improving the breed especially in coloured alpacas.
Alpacas are a beautiful, calm and gentle animal, they are curious and differ in personality and grow a gorgeous fleece. They are relatively easy to look after but its worth reading up on as much information as you can.
See below for a few tips on purchasing alpacas :
- They're a herd animal so you must have two or more.
- Two distinct alpaca breeds: The Huacaya alpaca is well covered with a rounded appearance and grows 'sheep like' fleece which is crimped into a staple definition. The Suri alpaca grows a locking fleece that hangs from the centre and into a drape of curtain silk tassel.
- You need a couple of acres of land and like for most farm animals more the better. Fencing similar to sheep fencing, a standard 1.2 metre fence of six strand wire or mesh wire.
- If you intend to breed alpacas check to see that the alpaca is registered with the Australian Alpaca Association. The register records tag identification, age, pedigree and ownership
- Shearing is once a year and at the same time its good to get the shearer to drench, vaccinate, cut teeth and toe nails.
- If you choose males for pets they must be castrated (wethered) at around 8-16 months of age. These are commonly used as sheep guards.
- Decide if you want alpacas for pets or to breed. To get genetic improvement you should be using only the best females and males you can.
- The better breeding females and males will cost you considerably more than pet quality.
- If you decide to breed alpacas for the first time consider purchasing an experienced female that is already mated and get more information on breeding.
- Halter trained alpacas are an asset, this makes life much easier when moving them around for vet visits, shearing, etc.
- Good nutrition is a must especially if you have pregnant females, you may have to supplement feed depending on your pasture quality and quantity.
- Check what plants you currently have on your property. Care must be taken to avoid poisonous plants such as toxic oleander, lantana, etc.
Alcatraz Alpacas is happy to help any new people thinking of getting into the alpaca industry.
Wattle Grove Alpacas and B&B
We purchased two alpacas a few years ago and then agisted our alpacas until we purchased our property here in Strath Creek.
We were initially attracted to alpacas because they were unusual, and further research indicated that alpacas produce beautiful, soft, fine fleece.
Our goal is to breed fine, white, Huacaya (pronounced Wah-ky-uh) alpacas, with commercially viable fleece. We are members of the Australian Alpaca Association and support the alpaca industry in Australia.
We love the rural lifestyle, farming our alpacas and running our Bed and Breakfast. We’d love to have you visit us and discuss your alpaca needs and requirements.
Diane and Paul Boede
0419 528 808
Kepler Mountain View Alpacas
Alpaca Stud Farm with Accommodation and Tours
Alpaca farm tours
Meet and hand feed our gentle Alpacas on a fun Alpaca Farm Tour and experience the kiwi alpaca lifestyle. Included for free during your stay, or available separately.
Kepler Mountain View cottage
Wild wool gallery
Thief of Hearts
Thief of Hearts Alpacas New Zealand
As breeders of both Huacaya and Suri Alpacas, we feel extremely lucky to be living the dream. We also breed Gypsy Vaneer Horses and more recently have begun breeding the beautiful White Galloway Cattle. Thief of Hearts Alpaca Stud is situated just 9km behind the famous Tui Brewery, on the road between Woodville and Pahiatua; 110 Waituna Road, RD2, Pahiatua.
With over 20 years’ experience in the Alpaca industry, this is still a relatively short time considering the length of time Alpacas have now been in New Zealand. We first started looking at Alpacas back in 1996 and had our first animals arrive on our farm in November 1998.
Thief of Hearts Alpaca Stud are who you want to deal with. Whether you're just starting out, or, experienced in the industry, there are many reasons to deal with us...
- Experienced - with an Honest Reputation
- Care and Attention
- Support and Backup
- Here for the Long Term
- Prices to Suit All Purchasers
- A Large range of Top Stud Males
- We Help You Find the Right Animals for You
- Computerised Record Keeping
- We Love These Animals
110 Waituna Road
Ph: +64 (0)27 325 8101
Email is here – https://www.alpacas.nz/contact-us
In the beginning...
Yaringa Alpacas is owned and managed by Susan Haese. We purchased our first two alpacas as pets in 2000 and our fascination with these animals led us to purchase our first two girls in 2002.
Over the next few years we bred a few alpacas of our own and purchased a few more. Our herd grew and by mid 2005 we had 15 animals.
Yes, alpacas are addictive!! At this point we decided to build our hobby into a business and purchased syndicate shares in three elite black males, "Coonawarra Gladiator", "Bonnie Park Black Thunder" and "Coonawarra Thunderbolt".
We showed our first alpacas in 2004, and as the years have gone by the show team has got bigger and better each year. Our show results from the beginning are on the "show results" page of this website.
In 2008 we added the elite males "Ambersun King's Ransom" (light fawn) and rose grey male "Alpacaspecialist Red Baron". In October 2009 we added "Canchones Ferrari Black ET" (black) and "Shanbrooke Simply the Best" (light fawn) and in 2013 is "Pentland Giorgio" joined the stable.
We are excited to announce the purchase of our new stud male "EP Cambridge Voyager". April-May 2015 saw the Yaringa herd move from our base at Currency Creek to our exciting new home "Coomooloo Station" at Bald Hills between Inman Valley and Yankalilla. Coomooloo is traditionally a sheep property and the nearly 1000 acres will give our alpacas plenty of room to move.
Since arriving at Coomooloo, the Yaringa herd goes has gone from strength to strength - our alpacas are growing out quicker and are stronger have longer staple lengths.
Our goal is simple – to breed elite alpacas.
91 Coomooloo Road,
Bald Hills South Australia 5203
+61 418 846 271