Developing the NZ alpaca industry since 1989
with top genetics, for studs and sales.
advice and help
Southern Alpacas Stud may be in the south of New Zealand, but
we are an international alpaca business.
We also own a
stocked with highest quality NZ alpacas, females and stud
males. We operate this alpaca farm in Villereal, France, to
support our European operation.
We have imported alpacas into New Zealand for improved genetics, and
we export alpacas as well. We now also export llamas.
Our fibre and yarns are sold world-wide.
We have been importing alpacas to NZ since 1999.
Our import focus is on bringing
top genetics, in stud males and through pregnant
females, to further improve the New Zealand herd.
Many of our top stud boys
have originated from Australia or USA, from proven genetics,
and they have won championship ribbons in their country of
origin. For instance, ILR Alpine Fibre's Brutus, sired by
Hemingway, is producing the finest fibred cria in Australasia,
as shown by AGE data, and Patagonia's Maipo is a champion
black from USA.
We personally selected
a small number of very high
quality females from Australia. They are all top pedigree
alpacas, with backgrounds to the top proven sires of
Australia, USA and Peru, with elite accoyo genetics.
We are proud that in New Zealand we are now
breeding alpacas who we believe are of better
quality than any in the world.
use the best genetic lines, through males proven in the
show-rings of USA and Australia, and proven through
magnificent offspring already on the ground in these same
Now our quality stock are being
exported. Most have gone to
UK and Europe and now many are going to Asia.
One of the studs we exported,
Aquaviva Claudius, a son of Brutus,
was Supreme Champion, Champion Huacaya and
Fawn Champion at Hapert Show 2012. Just look at the size of
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export champions photos.
We have an isolation facility
on farm, approved by our government Food and Safety Authority
(NZFSA), and we are
registered as an exporter.
Our facility has special alpaca
forage planted and the alpacas roam freely in their
paddock. Each paddock has access to a shelter shed with
a supply of additional hay and lucerne. We have a load-out
area for floats and transporters and a special ramp for air
We have a separate yard and holding area for the testing
and checking required. Each country of destination has
different requirements and standards to be met, and we
arrange what needs to be done.
countries, like England, require alpacas to be screened, which
is done by a vet and a Judge. Nic can pre-select alpacas for new
owners that will meet the relevant requirements.
Our farm is in a Tb free area and we are C10+
signifying that we have clear annual tests since
the camelid voluntary Tb scheme was started. All exports are
tested for Tb prior to entering isolation as a routine
measure. They are also all drenched and inoculated.
Here a blade shorn alpaca gets checked by an AgriQuality
vet prior to leaving our winter for a UK summer.
Getting the timing right for the
changing of the seasons can be tricky. Our early shipments were blade shorn to
leave some fibre on for UK winter. Mostly now we clean shear well in advance so
they have a growing coat on when they leave NZ.
We export our own alpacas and some from our clients who use
our genetics. We have also contracted to other New Zealand breeders to handle
the exportation of their alpacas and llamas, as we have the experience of
numerous shipments now.
With our French farm we can offer a comprehensive service
for our European clients. We can select alpacas in NZ or
Australia to your requirements, quarantine them, provide
shipping, and also provide a European reception service and
all support services.
Flights around the
EU requirements for one direct plane means that
the alpacas are floated to Auckland, a 24 hour journey. There
they go to a transitional facility where they are in paddocks
for 24-48 hours,
to rest between journeys.
The alpacas are loaded on the
plane late at night for an early morning flight, and the
alpacas are at Heathrow within 36 hours. The flight to
UK is 28 hours, including a stop-over in Singapore and Sharjah.
It is a similar timeframe to Germany.
It is a much shorter journey for
alpacas going to Asia. They travel by alpaca float to
Auckland where they then load onto a plane bound for Taiwan
or China. That journey takes another 14 hours.
The air crates have comfy carpet, a bed of tasty hay to eat,
and water bowls. The alpacas can stand up and move around.
The alpacas arrive in good shape, as seen in this picture of
a curious group looking around the Heathrow animal reception
area, where they are fed, watered and checked by vets, before
going to their new farm.
It is exciting to see "our" herd
and its genetics now flourishing in Europe and Asia. The
shipping agent said our cria are some of the best he has
We can inspect and select alpacas and llamas for you, marrying our knowledge and
industry contacts, world-wide, with your animal requirements.
We can provide a
full service for exports - from selection, through testing and
isolation, to arranging transit and flights.
successfully exported llamas to Taiwan in several shipments,
alpacas and solely llamas.
Llamas are bigger
and heavier than alpacas and take up much more space in the
so we had to put less llamas in each crate.
Working with a neighbouring llama farm,
we are identifying
smaller llamas which are suitable to fit in the air crates for export.
Larger llamas have to travel by sea.
require more work in quarantine than alpacas, being larger
animals. So the costs to export them are greater than
Some of the tests
that Taiwan require have a high failure rate (40%) so for a
successful shipment this has to be managed well.
All our shipments
to Taiwan have been delivered on time, on budget, and with the
full order of animals.