The history of the Waratah Flats alpaca herd goes back to the mid 1980’s when we were one of the first breeders to start farming llamas in New Zealand. For many years we were involved in the early development of both the llama and the alpaca dream and in 1989 Paul became a founding member of the Alpaca and Llama Association of New Zealand (ALANZ).
We were closely associated with the importing and exporting of llama and alpaca through the 1990’s and established our own import PAQ quarantine in 1996. Through this import selection and evaluation process we quickly identified our Breeding Goals as:
- the production of highest quality, super fine micron alpaca fleece, in a range of natural colours
These initial Breeding Goals have stayed with us ever since and have been the driving force behind the development of our present day super fine micron alpaca breeding herd.
Our initial founder alpacas (huacaya) comprised of coloured females from imported Chilean stock in the early 1990’s. Most of these were plainer looking, shorter fleeced alpacas than we would expect to see today, but they were good breeders and many had super soft fleeces, even through into the darker colours. It was this softness of handle in their fleece that drove our selection.
We continued selecting fine fleece coloured breeding stock, mainly fawns, to supplement and improve our herd. We imported some lovely alpacas from several leading alpaca studs in Australia including: Benleigh Alpaca Stud and Somerset Alpaca Stud and bred these to the best males available. Layer by layer we built our herd towards our breeding goals.
In 2002 we imported six superb fawn females (along with two female cria born in quarantine) from Peru, which we personally selected ourselves. The influence of these low micron, high lustre and densely fleeced alpaca complimented our herd wonderfully and soon became to dominant genetic base of our current herd. Read more about our Peruvian imported females under Waratah Flats founder stock.