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International Alpaca Business

Southern Alpacas Stud may be in the south of New Zealand, but we are an international alpaca business.

We also own a European farm, 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.

Importing Alpacas          

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.

Imported girls
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.


 Exporting Alpacas          

We are proud that in New Zealand  we are now breeding alpacas  who we believe are of better quality than any in the world.

We 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 countries.

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 that cup!

Click for more 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 crate loading.
 Isolation for export

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. 

checking Some 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.

Alpaca selection

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 World

float to crateEU 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.


planeThe 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.

Reception in UK

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 seen.

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.

   Exporting llamas

We have successfully exported llamas to Taiwan in several shipments, both with
alpacas and solely llamas.

Llamas are bigger and heavier than alpacas and take up much more space in the crates,
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.

Llamas also require more work in quarantine than alpacas, being larger animals. So the costs to export them are greater than exporting alpacas.

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.


For more on exports, see our articles pages - Exporting Alpacas