In 2009 we made our initial purchase of breeding females and commenced our breeding program shortly after. We have grown our herd now to around 150 animals and have two farms totaling 250 acres.
Our ultimate breeding goal is to breed animals that produce fine fleeces with low micron, as well as SD results that stabilise in the first few years, together with high frequency and high amplitude fleece characteristics.
Density of overall fleece saddle is also critical, so as to produce commercially valuable fleeces. This is therefore an on-going focus for our breeding programme.
We are committed to using quality, proven genetics that will produce these fleece traits.
We continue to research the industry to understand those genetics that will best support our goals and to actively acquire these to integrate into our herd.Detailed herd records are also used to assist us to review and assess whether our breeding decisions are delivering on those breeding goals.
Ultimately our goals are:
We show our animals on a regular basis to ensure that we are measuring ourselves to current elite animals within the industry. To stay up to date with our show results, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
We have both worked in committee or training roles within the Australian Alpaca Association and Darren currently sits on the Macedon Ranges Agribusiness forum representing the Alpaca Industry.