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ILR Alpine Fiber's Brutus
Solid white legendary excellence

From the bloodlines of USA Mike Safleys Northwest Alpacas, sired by the famous Peruvian Hemingway — an icon of the US industry — Brutus brings a totally new dimension to New Zealand alpaca genetic improvement. He has over 400 cria in NZ.

As we predicted, he is making a huge impact on the NZ alpaca genetic scene, with his progeny winning 250 ribbons in his first two show seasons.

IAR 58885  Born 8/09/1999

A showing of ribbonsBrutus and cria in the show ring have a truly impressive record. Before we stopped counting (2008), his cria had won 90 championships and 20 supreme champions.

Brutus had had 40 wins and placings in sire's progeny. (in NZ)

There have been many more since in New Zealand, including a large number of champions and Supremes at National Expo 2008.
Brutus progeny also excel overseas, with several Supremes in the UK, and his offspring winning Supreme Champion and Sire's Progeny at the National Dutch Show in 2009.

Pictured below is Aquaviva Marcus, Supreme Champion National Dutch Show.


Pictured below is Aquaviva Claudius, a son of Brutus, who was Supreme Champion, Champion Huacaya and Fawn Champion at Hapert Show 2012 in The Netherlands.

Marcus, Claudius are full brothers, and all champion sons of Brutus.

For shear weight, fineness and crimp












At the Columbia Alpaca Breeders Association annual show in May 2002, one of the largest shows in the US, Brutus’ second fleece, shorn at the AOBA show in May 2001, took second in his class!  The white classes are always tough so his breeders were very pleased with the result.

Brutus's third fleece won his class in the Malvern Show 2002.

His third fleece won his class and Reserve Champion fleece at the Palmerston North Show 2003.

And the same fleece in 2004 won Champion huacaya fleece at the Fairlie Show.

His 6th fleece was Senior Reserve Champion Expo 2006.








Brutus progeny are also winning fleece shows.

NZ Southern Julius fleece won the
Reserve Champion fleece at the Fairlie Show and also Reserve Champion fleece at Manawatu Show 2004.

NZ Southern Capri fleece won the Supreme Champion fleece at the Auckland Royal Show 2004, and Reserve Champion fleece at the 2004 Canterbury Show.

She also won Supreme Champion fleece at Manawatu 2005.

Silverstream Czar was  Reserve Champion fleece at Manawatu.
Brutus is proving heterozygous white, throwing towards the dam's colour with coloured offspring from darker dams, including some black cria.

He is proving homozygous to his fleece characteristics and cria display minimal fleece or conformation variability. His progeny display similar fleece characteristics with curvature in the mid to high 40's. (degree/mm)

He predominates fineness and a very high secondary to primary follicle ratio, giving good longer term fine shearweights. He has an unusually high crimps per inch fleece - 10 crimps against the normal 6 - which is related to low micron and lack of blow-out in fleece.

Some 2007-08 cria

Champions at Expo
At the National Expo 2004 his progeny won Champion Junior Female (above left), Champion Intermediate Female (above right), Champion Black, and his progeny took 1st in Sire's Progeny. See champions.

At the Ellesmere Show 2004 his progeny won Supreme Champion Huacaya and Champion Junior (alpaca above left - Aquaviva Stardust),  Reserve Champion Intermediate, and Sire's Progeny (1st and 3rd).

At Ellesmere Show 2005 Aquaviva Stardust won Champion Intermediate huacaya.

In the 2003 show season, Brutus progeny did well in the junior classes.

NZ Southern Capri and NZ Southern Caledonia  won awards, respectively - Champion Junior Female and
Reserve Champion Junior Female

at the large Christchurch Show.

These two Brutus females, Capri and Caledonia, along with Julius, have won several Sires Progeny awards.

They are pictured below with Julius.

Like peas in a pod

Julius Supreme Championships

NZ Southern Julius has taken two Supreme Championships, including at the prestigious Royal Show, and has won several Sires Progeny awards. His first fleece was Reserve Champion at both Fairlie and Manawatu Shows in 2004.
In 2004 autumn show season,  Brutus progeny continued to do well in the junior classes, and also the intermediate classes.

Silverstream Alpacas, a part-owner of Brutus, won Manawatu, Canterbury and Nelson shows with Brutus son Czar,  and won  Champion at Wanaka, Malvern, and Reserve Champion at Mackenzie with Brutus son Caduceus.

At the Upper Clutha (Wanaka) Show 2004 Brutus progeny took both Supreme and Reserve Champion huacaya and Sire's Progeny as well.

Wanaka Champs
In 2005 show winning continued with Brutus progeny.

NZ Southern Perigord, pictured right, was Champion at Upper Clutha Show in Wanaka 2005

NZ Southern Lennon won Senior Champion at Nelson Show 2005.

NZ Southern Helena was Reserve Champion Intermediate at Nelson Show 2005.

NZ Southern Distinction won Champion Junior huacaya at Canterbury 2005.

NZ Southern Zeus was Reserve Champion Senior at Canterbury 2005 to Silverstream Czar, also a Brutus son.
Champion Perigord
Riverdale Dominico, won Champion Junior  at Auckland Royal Easter Show 2005.

Silverstream Czar was Intermediate Champion at Manawatu and Senior Champion at Canterbury 2005.

Silverstream Deja Vu won Champion Intermediate huacaya at Canterbury 2005.

Silverstream Euphrates won Champion Junior huacaya at Ellesmere 2005.

Aquaviva Stardust won Champion Intermediate huacaya at Ellesmere 2005.

Rumuhanga Bailey won Champion Junior Hawkes Bay 2005.

In Sire's Progeny 2005 Brutus was 1st at Hawkes Bay, 2nd at Manawatu, Ellesmere, Wanaka and Canterbury, 3rd at Waikato, Ashburton, Kumeu, Auckland and the National Show and Expo.

2006 show winning highlights

Brutus' cria continue to win at shows. Here are some highlights from 2006 shows.

Canterbury Royal Show 2006
Champion Junior Female, Champion Senior Female and Champion Intermediate Male

National Show 2006
Champion Junior Male

Manawatu Show 2006
Supreme Champion, Champion Junior Male, Champion Junior Female, Champion Senior Male

Ellesmere Show 2006
Supreme Champion

Hawkes Bay Show 2006
Supreme Champion

Malvern Show 2006
Supreme Champion

Waikato Show 2006
Champion Fleece  

Auckland Royal Show 2007
Champion Fleece  

In 2006 Brutus was 2nd and 5th at the National Expo and 4th at Canterbury Show in
Sire's Progeny.

Brutus sons now stand at stud.  Many Brutus boys now stand at stud. Here are some of our stud sons bred from our dams, and some also have links to their own webpages.
NZ Southern Lennon  (right) is one of the best Brutus offspring, but the judges find the high amplitude, high frequency crimp  difficult to see. He has great genetics and fine fibre that will pass genetically fine characteristics with little blowout factor.

He took second in his Intermediate male class at Canterbury Show 2004.

Lennon won Senior Champion at Nelson Show 2005.

Fleece: 17µ SF, 3.55 sd, 19.7% cv, 3.3 kg and a high curve of 46.1 degrees.
Lennon fleece

Stud fee: $1,000 +GST

At Invercargill Royal Show 2004 Zeus won  Intermediate male white/light fawn class, ahead of boys who had previously taken supreme championships. This shows the closeness of the competition amongst top young Brutus males.

Zeus was Reserve Champion Senior at Canterbury Show 2005.

NZ Southern Zeus (left) has been sold and stands at stud in the Waikato.

Zeus' fleece makes him worthy of stud status. First shear 17µ SF, 3.49 sd, 19.6% cv, 3.3 kg and a high curve of 41 degrees.

Zeus fleece

First shear
17.3 micron
0.5% over 30 micron
16.8 spin fineness
Second shear
18.7 micron
1.9% > 30 micron
18 spin fineness
Brutus' Fine Fleece

These fleece details are butt cut readings (year end, not year average). They are taken in lush North West USA conditions, in Spring/Summer.

His third shear, a fleece grown in quarantine and New Zealand, is  21.8 micron; 4.6 sd; 21.2% cv; 21.3 micron spin fineness. This third fleece has won several championships  - see the box in the margin on the left.

His fifth shear is 22.61µ, 5.03 sd, 22.2% cv, 22.1 µ spin fineness (SF) and 40.4 curve. Annualised shear weight: 4.95 kg.

His seventh fleece is
22.40u, 4.75sd, 21.2cv, 93.2cf and 21.8sf. Annualised shear weight: 4.6 kg

Brutus is simply the best, with his AGE results showing he is one of the best for fine fibre in Australasia, with an Alpaca Breeding Value (ABV) of -4.1. This means he is producing progeny with the finest fibre in the AGE system. He is consistently producing cria in the low to mid teens micron.
AGE graph
From the legendary Hemingway (shown left, picture from NorthWest Alpacas Plantel Genetics), Brutus represents the best of USA "accoyo type" genetics.

His dam still shears 25 micron at 9 years of age.

Brutus is available in the South Island only.

A large framed perfectly conformed alpaca, he will add shear weight, fineness and incredible crimp to your prize female's progeny.

Brutus's stud fee:
$1,200 +GST

Brutus has a high amplitude crimp, with more crimps to the inch than usual.

This type of fleece does not blow out as much.

 At his eighth shear, he is still 22 micron.









  Brutus is co-owned by Southern Alpacas Stud and  Silverstream Alpacas in Christchurch and  Willowbank Alpacas in Wellington.
Updated March 2015
Nic Cooper and Linda Blake
Main West Coast Road, West Melton, RD1, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone 0064 3 318-1917 | fax 0064 3 318-1927 | email