Welcome to your retirement village Purrumbete Othello!

We have beenOthello Feb 2014 very fortunate to bring this 17 year old gentleman to spend his final years at Haylilla Alpacas.

Othello is a beautiful fine fleeced black huacaya, and the grand sire of many of our show winning cria. He will still be working, albeit less frequently than our younger stud males.

Photo shows him recently shorn – as a proud upstanding herd sire.




Tricky Miss

This little roan girl made my birthday very challenging.

We arrived home from work to find her mum in labour and in obvious distress.

Upon examination we found the baby cria positioned with both her head and front legs facing backwards in the uterus – there was no way she could be delivered without help.

So rather than getting dressed up to go out to a birthday dinner, I clipped my nails, scrubbed up and with plenty of lube manouvered her long neck around in the very tight space to get her head out so she could  breathe. Next I managed to free one front foot. Finally the vet arrived and repositioned her other front foot  to enable her to be delivered. Whew!

Very hard work, very stressful but what a wonderful result. Mum and baby are doing really well.

Welcome to the world little Haze.


Alpaca delivery for Christmas

Haylilla Harley D and HHarley and tinker tailor new homeaylilla Tinker Tailor, two black alpaca wethers, have been delivered to a new home in Ashton.

They now share a paddock with several  sheep and a white alpaca wether.

We hope they have many happy years ahead with Margaret and her family.

Delivery of newly shorn girls

Haylilla Kenya and Haylilla Lauren, two Tiberio daughters have been some of our first  alpacas to get shorn this season, they were then delivered to a new home in Strathalbyn with Lucy and family.  We hope thay have many happy years together, and produce lovely cria in the future.

Kenya and Lauren

Showing over – now shearing begins

Clare Show 2013 ribbonsClare Show 2013 ChinchillaClare Show Jazzman 2013

We’ve been busy over the last three weekends with back to back shows.

To the Strathalbyn Show we entered four juniors, winning first place ribbons with Haylilla Chinchilla (Junior brown female) and Haylilla Rojo (Junior grey male). Second place ribbons went to Haylilla Eyes To Kill (Junior black female) and Haylilla Emilio (Junior brown male).

To the National Show at Bendigo we entered three Juniors, winning a fourth place ribbon with Haylilla Little Black Dress (Junior black female) and a highly commended ribbon with Haylilla Jazzman (Junior white male). These were our first ever ribbons at a National show so we are very encouraged by this result.

To the Clare Show we entered five juniors, winning first place ribbons with Haylilla Chinchilla (Junior brown female), Haylilla Jazzman (Junior white male) and Haylilla Little Black Dress (Junior black female). Second place ribbons went to Haylilla Rojo (Junior grey male) and Haylilla Giorgio (Junior black male). Jazzman went on to win Champion Junior Male, Chinchilla went on to win Best Brown of show and Little Black Dress went on to win Best Black of show. This was our best show result ever.

Now the alpacas can have a well deserved rest and look forward to nude sunbathing in the hills.




A busy weekend

While Chris and Adrienne were at Royal Adelaide Show winning best black in the halter and fleece classes with Leaenna Armani, WOO HOO!

Steve and I were selling some of our friendly pets.

Hello Sailor is now starting a new life in Wattle Flat, he’s even been renamed ” Jasper”.

Winter and Summer Sunset went on a road trip to the lush pastures of Millicent, Maureen their new owner has a small herd of alpacas so they will get plenty of love and attention.

It’s always sad to say goodbye to such beautifully natured animals but we are very happy they have found such loving homes. It also makes more room in the paddocks for Armani offspring….

Winter and criaHello Sailor face


Goodbye to Solomon and Rodrigo

Rodrigo headTwo of our favorite wethers found a new home last weekend.

We hope their new life at Finniss with Andy and Jo will be very happy. Solomon face

Bendigo Colourbration show August 2013

Our first Armani cria had their showing debut at the Bendigo Colourbration show last weekend.

To our delight they won first place in the black progeny class.  It was a tough competiton with 7 other entries. Pictured is Haylilla Little Black Dress and Haylilla Giorgio together with Sarah Priest of Leaenna Alpacas (breeder of Armani), Adrienne Clarke (co-owner of Armani) and myself.

Also doing well in the show ring was Haylilla True, winning second place in the intermediate female black class against 9 others  – so we are very proud of her!

black progeny class

Colour Classic Show 2013

photo by Leaenna Alpacas

The Colour Classic alpaca show was held last weekend. The Strathalbyn Harness Racing Club venue enabled the showing and penning of animals in large undercover facilities.

We took a team of eight animals and brought home 2 first place ribbons, 3 thirds,  and 1 highly commended. Our co-owned Black stud male Leaenna Armani was entered by Ambersun Alpacas. Armani won best in class, then went on to win best Black Male, then finally Champion Black. Add to this the Jane Wray Memorial Trophy – it doesn’t get any better!





Farming alpacas – animal costs

Hunter face

In the early days when foundation animals were being imported from South America, costs for a  single breeding female could be $20,000.00 and the price of a stud male much higher. Over the past decade as stock numbers increase, the purchase costs to enter the industry have decreased.

Huacaya alpaca herds in Australia have now reached sufficient numbers to support both fibre and meat industries. Good news to existing breeders with sustainable markets for our livestock. Good news for would-be alpaca farmers, now prices are far more affordable.

Castrated males (wethers) available as herd guards and pets regularly sell for $ 200.00 – $ 500.00. The individual price of a healthy wether usually reflects :

  • How easily it can be handled and if it is halter trained
  • What colour it is, with a predominance of white animals in Australia, higher prices are usually achieved with the rarer shades; black, grey and multi coloured animals
  • Fleece quality and quantity

Sound breeding females can cost as little as $ 400.00. At herd dispersal auctions where breeders retire from the industry, females have even sold for $100.00. Bargains are around, even give-aways, but it is important to remember the value of a breeding female is hugely dependant on the quality of the animal – dictated by its conformation, soundness, temperament, fleece fineness and density. Females mated to elite stud males attract much higher prices, as they are more likely to produce show quality offspring.

At the top end of the market show winning champions with perfect conformation and ultra fine, dense fleeces are selling at record prices. Stud male Windsong Valley Firedragon sold at auction in 2010 for $150,000.00. At the 2012 National Show and Sale, Champion Adult Female Ambersun Gold Class, sold at auction for over $ 60,000.00.