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El Remanso Alpaca Farm Open Days
KEEN TO KNOW MORE ABOUT
JOIN US ON-FARM ON SATURDAY/SUNDAY TO LEARN ABOUT GENERAL
ALPACA CARE, HANDLING AND SHEARING
WE HAVE A SPECIAL SELECTION OF ALPACAS FOR SALE THIS WEEKEND
ALL COLOURS AVAILABLE
Young males, Stud Males, Young Females, Older Females
Some pregnant, some with cria at foot
INTERESTED IN ALPACA FIBRE?
YOU'RE WELCOME TO COME ALONG AS WELL
Fine and medium micron raw fleece for purchase
BUY LOCALLY FROM EXPERIENCED AND DEDICATED BREEDERS,
EL REMANSO ALPACA STUD
27 Foothills Road, Okuku -- first turn left after crossing the Okuku River
10.00 am TO 4.00 pm BOTH DAYS
Fibre of thegods isa
sound financial idea
Amazing qualities: An El Remanso
Alexia alpaca fleece -- this was
exported to Germany two years ago.
Sunday, May 5, is National Alpaca
Day -- a day set aside each year
when alpaca farmers from
throughout New Zealand open their
farms to the public.
This is a day to celebrate all things
alpaca, and to share the joy of
owning them and working with
what has been described as the fibre
of the gods.
Alpacas are to be found
throughout New Zealand and have
become very popular with lifestyle
farmers. They are intelligent animals
that are easily halter-trained and
they are generally placid and gentle
There are two types of alpaca: the
more common huacaya, and the
suri. The huacaya fleece is more like
that of a sheep, with defined
staples and a crimp-like appearance
to the staple.
The suri fleece has a silky, slippery
feel and hangs in dreadlocks.
Alpacas can be found in twenty-
two different colours or shades,
from white and light fawns through
to dark fawns, browns, greys
An increasing number of alpaca
breeders, however, are developing
their herds following a strict
business plan and breeding
objective with an eye on income.
Exports to Europe, parts of Asia,
and Scandinavia have increased in
recent years. Coming off a low
base, there is potential to grow the
Alpacas are now a common sight
atA&Pshows around New Zealand,
and often their numbers are greater
than mainstream livestock.
TheA&Pshow system is a
wonderful way for alpaca breeders
to benchmark progress in their
breeding programmes against other
Alpaca fleece is generally as soft
as cashmere and stronger, lighter
and warmer than sheep wool.
It is also hypoallergenic, as it has
little or no lanolin, and it has good
thermal qualities because of its
An increasing number of alpaca
breeders are producing a range of
quality alpaca products, including
clothing, babywear, duvets and
Alpaca breeders in this country
belong to the Alpaca Association of
New Zealand Inc.
The AANZ, as it is known, has a
membership of nearly 700, spread
throughout New Zealand.
Members of the association
receive three high-quality
magazines, a member's directory, a
herd sire directory, mailouts, and
regular invitations to attend field
days and educational seminars.
In addition, there is an annual
conference, a national alpaca expo
and national alpaca day.
Having read all about the alpaca,
come and seize the moment, and
take you and your family to one of
the participating alpaca farms.
We can assure you a lot of fun
and excitement, and an experience
to be remembered.
See: alpaca.org.nz for more
Alpacas well-suited for a
diverse range of farming
Very cuddly: Anne Rogers, North
Canterbury alpaca breeder, with
Gunmatta, one of their two imported
grey Australian stud male alpacas.
Anne and Bevan Rogers became
smitten with alpacas during a farm
visit to Golden Bay in 1984, after
which they focused on locating a
suitable property on which to farm
the captivating camelids. However,
these were still very early days for
alpacas in New Zealand and the
average cost for a female was about
$20,000 each! Their first alpacas
were therefore pet boys.
In 1999 Anne became the editor
of the Alpaca Association NZ
magaznine, and in 2013,
membership has now grown to
nearly 700. She has held a number
of positions within the AANZ,
including national secretary, show
marketing and promotions sub-
committee secretary for a number of
years, and in her role as editor,
produced a number of publications
promoting alpacas. She also helped
establish many of the alpaca
sections at A&P shows, and together
with husband Bevan, has stewarded
shows all over the country.
Currently, Anne is the convenor of
the alpaca section of the Canterbury
A&P Show. She is a professional
photographer and has produced
several high-quality calendars with a
successful international market.
El Remanso Alpaca Stud was
established in 1999 and the
breeding programme has focused
on improving fleece quality in all
colours, but of late they have
been building up their numbers of
Their farm is located on the banks
of the Ashley River in Okuku.
Alpacas thrive in the climate of
North Canterbury, as long as they
have shade from the hot sun in
summer and shelter from the cold
winds in winter, and enough to eat.
They suit a diverse range of farming
-- from small numbers for a hobby
lifestyle to medium-large scale
farming where the focus is breeding
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