BreedingWe are very focused on our breeding programme. We breed for excellent conformation as well as improved fleece characteristics and to this end, we have made use of some top quality coloured genetics. This has been achieved through some excellent outside matings and the purchase of a few key stud males that carry the traits we are breeding for. As a result, our animals pedigrees can boast well known grey genetics such as Cedar House Long John, Alpaca Stud Nyetimber, Blue Grass Waterloo Sunset, Huntley Park Anzac and The Chief of Bozedown. This is also supported by some top quality black lines such as Lillifield Jack of Spades, Popham Thunder, ATA Cambridge Centurion, Wimmera Skies Class Act of Reddingvale and most recently Crewenna Amadeus.
Health and Bio-SecurityOur farm has been operating to a veterinary health plan aimed at maintaining a high herd health status since 2008. This plan was drawn up with our vet, who specialises in alpacas, and is reviewed on a regular basis. It covers not only nutrition, parasitic control and vaccination regimes, but also bio security against infectious diseases such as TB, BVD, Johne’s Disease, etc. As part of this, we undertake regular screening of our own herd for TB, BVD and Johne's and all new animals that we purchase are always tested for these diseases and go through a strict quarantine process on arrival. We are happy to arrange similar tests for customers purchasing animals from us.
Any outside matings with visiting males or females are done on a strict, drive-by basis and conducted away from our paddocks under strict bio-security practices and we do not offer, nor have we ever sent our females for, on-farm matings.
Our land is double fenced at the boundary, with extra base wires, to prevent any interaction with other animals/wildlife and our British Alpaca Society Bio-Security questionnaire resulted in an “excellent” rating.
We work very hard to keep our animals in top condition. Our animals are fed only top quality feed and the best quality hay and being small, we are able to take the time to feed and supplement them on an individual basis. We undertake regular health monitoring and screening (via blood/faecal samples) to ensure that they all remain in tip top condition. In addition, our fields are poo picked daily, 365 days of the year.