Breeding alpacas is a long term process and we need direction if we are to achieve them. We continue to develop a high quality herd of black and coloured huacaya alpacas. Alpacas demonstrate correct conformation and fine fleece characteristics. Careful selective breeding using world class bloodlines results in improved progeny. Both males and females are selected for health, temperament, proven genotypes, strong phenotype, pedigree and colour. Our goals insist on high standards of welfare and herd health management to ensure health and longevity.
We are focusing our fibre goals on longevity of fineness, which is why we often select older animals, uniformity of colour and mostly importantly fleece uniformity and that all important soft handle. Density and brightness are also essential to the finished products our herd produces. All fibre harvested supports the British Alpaca Fibre Industry.
Achieving our goals
Alpaca Power celebrated its 15th year of breeding in 2017. We are achieving our goals. Most of our animals are prize winners and our Champion animals remain in the herd. Our black alpacas did extremely well in the show ring when we were showing them. In 2008 Alpaca Power won the British Alpaca Futurity Small Breeder’s award for the best results at this prestigious event. No longer entering halter classes, we consistently produce prize winning fleeces; not just black but also grey and fawn.
During 2009 we imported a small group of males and females from America to enhance our black and coloured bloodlines. In 2011 we imported two more males from North America. In 2013 we added an elite fawn male to our stud line up. 2016 brought an exceptional black male to us. We have many clients within the UK and now also Europe who recognise the quality of our animals and the health status of our herd. In 2017, we acquired to grey females and by the end of the year we will have added two small groups of black huacayas from New Zealand.
Alpaca Power supports both local and national fibre initiatives in order to promote and market this exclusive product. In 2012 we entered our own black alpaca fabric into the World Alpaca Conference Fashion Show. Britain’s best designers were selected to work with alpaca and our fabric was made into a stylish, modern, ladies suit and shown on the catwalk.
We have been instrumental in helping established companies develop alpaca handling equipment and specialist alpaca mineral buckets. The alpaca industry in the UK is evolving and we are pleased to be able to help with this process.
We set out to offer a ‘one stop shop’. We have achieved this with the purchase of our own herd sires and our on-farm resources. With movements, however, came risk and we took the decision to restrict movements. Apart from the occasional import of herd sires from bio secure units, which is vital for progression, we are achieving our goals. In 2017, limited breedings to our herd sires will be offered to those herds able to demonstrate robust bio security and high herd health status.