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Alpaca Services
If you have visited our section on Genetics, you would have seen names like Brutus, Moon Shine, Irraquoy, Saintly and dozens of other males owned by members of the Alpaca Services Network. The group, formed by Nic Cooper and Linda Blake from Southern Alpacas Stud, is a nationwide network of huacaya alpaca breeders offering alpaca sales, stud services and support. The network consists of Jaylyn Alpacas, Mareca Alpacas, Misty Ridge Alpacas, Innerwell Alpacas, Egmont Alpacas, Paretai Alpacas, Willowbank Alpacas, Minffordd Alpacas, Altnaharra Alpacas, Southern Alpacas Stud and Waiwera Alpacas. We have purchased alpacas and stud services from this group and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Please visit the Alpaca Services site for more information.


Homestead Farm Alpaca Stud
Located in Ashburton, Homestead Farm is the home of Carolyn and Russell Nelson. The Nelsons farmed over 2500 ewes and 150 cattle for many years prior to farming alpacas. We feel that the Nelsons have some of the best alpaca genetics represented in their herd. The only problem is convincing Russell to part with any of them. Homestead Farm was one of the first to introduce the suri breed of alpacas into New Zealand in 1998 and the quality of their suri herd reflects the effort they've put into improving it. If you live near Christchurch or are making a trip to that area, we recommend that you contact the Nelsons and arrange for a chat. Ashburton is only an hour south of Christchurch and well worth the trip. The Homestead Farm web site is certainly one of my favourites. Link to Homestead Farm

Lallybroch Alpacas
If you are travelling near Whangarei, be sure to contact Gay and Mike Moller. Mike and I worked together in the computer industry many years ago and each of us was surprised to learn that we ended up breeding alpacas without the other knowing about it. I've accused Mike of being a "closet inventor" and if you see some of his creations, you will understand why. Be sure to check out the stockyard and chute designs on their web site. Gay is just as creative with the various things that she does with fibre. Breeding huacayas and suris, the Moller's have done well in the show ring with both breeds. We always look forward to competing and chatting with the Moller's. Link to Lallybroch

Mountain Ash Farm & Web Works
I'm not sure whether to list Janet Morrow's business as alpaca breeder, logo designer or web master. She's done some excellent work for us (see the logo in the upper-left corner of this page), and we sure can sense her love for alpacas. Janet and her family live in Maine, in the beautiful northeast United States. This makes it a bit cost-prohibitive for us to buy alpacas from her. Nevertheless, I'm sure that she would love to talk to anyone in her neck of the woods on that subject. Mountain Ash Web Works specialises in web sites with their own unique personality, graphic design and mass emailing to a client list. Janet's been fortunate to be able to combine her love for alpacas with her web site development business. Many of her clients are alpaca and llama farms. She offers professional designs, at reasonable rates, and we thoroughly enjoyed working with her. Link to Mountain Ash

New Zealand Alpacas
Cambridge (New Zealand) isn't just the home of recent Olympic gold medal winners. It is also the home of Chris and Tasha Leach who entered the alpaca industry in 1996. It was then that they managed the Niue Quarantine facility with over 1000 alpacas under their watchful eyes. A few years later, they shifted to the Cambridge area and started New Zealand Alpacas. In addition to an excellent assortment of females, their herd sires are well known by most breeders in Australia and New Zealand. Somerset Peruvian Heritage, Kaihere Accoyo Gauciman and Canchones Vorago are frequent visitors to our farm, and we are looking forward to using several more of Chris's boys in the future. New Zealand Alpacas is represented in Auckland by Megan Robbins (09-420-4390), in Rotorua by Sue Richards (07-332-2362), in Franklin District by Caroline Falkner (09-232-7781), in Hawkes Bay by Christine Edwards (06-874-9386), in Taranaki by Christine Hart (06-753-2522) and in Christchurch by Paul Garland (03-342-4480). We've found their 3-in-1 packages (pregnant female with cria at foot) to be a particularly good way to buy alpacas. Link to NZ Alpacas

Rapson Estate Alpacas
I mentioned elsewhere that we first saw alpacas at Mystery Creek. It was Megan Robbins and Pete Reelick from Rapson Estate, at Kaukapakapa, who were manning the alpaca booth at the time. They won't remember us, but we remembered them. After buying a few alpacas from Rocky Bay (see below), we tracked Megan down and bought a few more from her. Megan and Pete represent NZ Alpacas in our area and they do a superb job of trying to keep all of the females in the region pregnant to the studs under their management. On one of our visits to Rapson Estate, we discovered that Pete is a landscaper. This was a handy bonus for us as we were just in the process of building our house. As we sit and watch the alpacas from our patio, we can see some of Pete's excellent work around our home. You can reach Megan or Pete on 09-420-4390.

Rocky Bay Alpacas
Kathy and Dan Bloom, in Tutukaka, were the first alpaca breeders that we visited once we decided to buy a few female alpacas. They have become close friends and a reliable source of information on these lovely animals. In addition to having a very diverse and colourful herd of alpacas, they are a great source for books, halters, alpaca products, cria covers and stud services. Their farmstay is a great place to stay while thinking about whether you want to farm alpacas or simply to unwind. Tutukaka, if you aren't familiar with it, is about 2.5 hours driving time from Auckland and about 30 minutes northeast of Whangarei. Link to Rocky Bay

Silverstream Alpaca Stud Farm
Located on the opposite side of Christchurch from Homestead Farm, Sheryl and Kit Johnson have one of the finest herds of white alpacas in New Zealand. The Johnsons have combined tourism with alpaca farming, and their farmstay units are well sited so that visitors are able to keep an eye on the roaming alpacas. Silverstream Alpaca Stud Farm is very much a "family affair" and the Johnson teenagers are as obsessed with the business as the "oldies". Have a look at their web site, but be sure you have plenty of time to do so. Link to Silverstream

Southern Alpacas Stud
We mentioned Southern Alpacas Stud (above) as being the founding member of the Alpaca Services Network. Nic and Linda, at Southern Alpacas Stud, should be recognised in their own right. With over 30 years experience in breeding and working with alpacas, they bring a wealth of knowledge to the industry. Linda conducts neo-natal clinics and other education workshops throughout New Zealand and Nic is a senior NZ and International judge and co-leads the NZ judge training programme. Their farm, on the outskirts of Christchurch, is well worth a visit. If you get the opportunity to do so, be sure to see the Alpaca Gallery. Link to Southern Alpacas Stud

Willow Farm Alpacas
The only reason that Willow Farm is last in our list, is because we wanted the list to be sorted alphabetically to avoid showing any bias. Keith Coleman and Vicky Tribe are two of the hardest working and most helpful paca' people we've met. They've made the long trip from Pukekohe to South Head on more than one occasion, bringing stud males to our farm for "active duty". Before we had our own herdsires, they had to repeat some of those trips to do spit-offs, never complaining about the long distances they had to drive. We managed to talk them into selling Moonbeam to us (their first alpaca sale) and we're delighted with her first cria. Willow Farm has hosted several educational clinics, including a neo-natal clinic that we thoroughly enjoyed. Keith and Vicky frequent most of the North Island alpaca shows and you will most likely seem them at the AANZ conferences too. You can contact them on 09-236-3333.  


Other useful contacts:

Alpaca Association New Zealand - The name says it all.

Alpaca News Today - Informative site edited by Steve Hull, Timberlake Farms, Inc.

AlpacaSeller - Fantastic site to search for alpacas for sale and stud services.

AlpacaSite - Yahoo chat group of over 1600, primarily American, alpaca breeders.

AlpacaTrader - A web site catering to people buying, selling & trading alpacas.

AlpacaPeru -
Peruvian site, loaded with information on alpacas.

Countryside
- Excellent American lifestyle magazine with some online articles.

Fencepost
- In our opinion, the best site for long range NZ weather forecasts.

Northwest Alpacas - This is the site for Mike Safley's alpaca farm in Oregon.

Tai Tapu Wool Carders - Fibre carding and processing, P.O. Box 56, Tai Tapu, N.Z.

Useful Items - American company supplying just about everything for alpacas.