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Homestead Farm Apollo

 

Homestead_Farm_ApolloOwned by Susan Wise this magnificent white male is available for stud services.  He is a stunning 100% Accoyo Male.

With Show Credits too numerous to list and a Stud career in fullswing, he simply ticks all the boxes.

With 3 National Supreme Championships, 1 in breed, two in fleece Apollo is stamping his superiority on his progeny. Apollo is passing on his wonderful fleece characteristics.

This show season he took out two Alpaca Championships with his 7th fleece showing style structure and character.

His progeny have taken out championship after championship ribbon and are hard to beat. Amazing considering he has not been widely available.

Apollo is undoubtedly one of the best white stud males in the country, consistantly reducing guard hair in his progeny - increasing density, extreme fineness, structure and super soft fleece.

Proven genetic advantage - Producing Champions

 

Homestead Farm Apollo

Sire: Benleigh Belissimo

Dam: Benleigh Debut ET

IAR: 84230

DOB: 24/04/2004

1st Fleece. Mean micron 17.53, SD 3.57, CV 20.4, C/F 99.3%, CRV 44.9 (Fleece weight 8 month Fleece 4.2kgs)

2nd Fleece. 20.42u, SD 3.51, CV 17.2, C/F 99%

3rd Fleece. 22.32u, SD 3.69, CV 16.5, C/F 97.5%, CRV 51.9

6th Fleece (2009) 21.9u, SD4, CV18.2, C/F 96.7%

7th Fleece (2010) 23.4u, SD 4.4, CV 18.6, C/F 92.4%. All amazing!

Algoma_ChaskaSupreme Champion at Wanaka A&P Show 2011

- Algoma Chaska

Chaska, owned by Steve & Evelyn Lewis, is agisted here at Waikara Park. He is part of our show team this year competing in the medium/dark fawn classes.

On the South Island show circuit at Wanaka Chaska won 1st Junior Mid/Dark Fawn male then went on to secure Junior Champion.

Judge Paul Garlard deliberated briefly then presented Chaska with Supreme Champion. It`s not often that a junior wins a supreme.

About Us


brenna brendon and jayBrendon Taylor, of Waikara Park Alpacas have been breeding alpacas for thirteen years and is now situated in beautiful Loburn, North Canterbury.

Starting with two older females, numbers quickly grew with just over 80 Huacaya alpaca on the farm now.

To learn more Brendon had been involved in the Southern Regional Committee since its inception, helping run field days and courses for new and older members. Including holding the position of Regional President for two years.

Being Convenor of the Ashburton A. & P. Show & past convenor of the prestigious Alpaca Colourbration has led him to become more involved within the alpaca show scene and to compare the quality of their alpacas against other breeder's alpacas.

Constantly striving to improve the quality of their alpacas has led him to purchase into some of the top genetics from Australia and Peru in the way of females and stud males. Two of the stud males (Perez and Dropkick) are Supreme champions in their own right, with Cedar House Perez wining supreme champion at New Zealands first National Alpaca Show held in Christchurch 2004.

Hadstock N.Z. Dropkick is a grand daddy of the show circuit, having won numerous broad ribbons including 3 Supreme titles. Ashburton A&P 2002 & 2003, Canterbury A&P 2002.

The latest stud males acquired from Australia are Flowerdale Shackleton (solid medium fawn) and Timbertop CT Legacy (solid medium brown). Both males are also supreme champions with Shackleton's progeny also taking out supreme titles.

Brendons aim is to strive for vast improvement in their alpaca herd by selecting and breeding for good handle, fineness, density, crimp structure & luster and fantastic temperament to which end he hopes will improve the national herd quality with his fabulous fawns & beautiful browns.

Alpaca Facts

Since ancient times, the South American Andes Mountains have been the ancestral home to the prized alpaca. Their fleece was cherished by members of the Incan civilization (referred to as "The Fiber of the Gods"), and their graceful herds of alpaca roamed the lush foothills and mountainous pastures. In the 17th century, Spanish conquistadors killed a large part of both the Incan and alpaca populations, forcing the retreating survivors to seek refuge in the high mountain plains known as the Altiplano. The high altitude and harsh landscape ensured only the hardiest of these creatures survived, and these ancestors of today's best bloodlines have provided a gene pool producing hardy, agile animals with dense, high quality fiber.

Peru, Bolivia, and Chile are still home to the largest percentage of alpacas in the world, and are a member of the camelid family, which also includes dromedary and Bactrian camels, llamas, vicunas, and guanacos. They are a modified ruminant and chew their cud similar to a cow, although they have three stomachs rather than the true ruminant, which has four. Alpacas selectively graze, eating pasture grasses and hay, a fact that makes feeding alpacas relatively inexpensive.

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There are two different alpaca breeds, the suri and the huacaya. The suri has fiber that grows quite long and forms silky, pencil-like locks. The huacaya has a shorter, dense, crimpy fleece, giving it a very woolly appearance.

 

Alpacas have soft padded feet, making them gentle on their pastures, and they have no top teeth in the front. The average height of an alpaca is 90cm at the withers, and they weigh from 50 to 80 kgs. 

 

Alpacas have a life span of 15 to 20 years, so you can enjoy your alpaca for a long time. Not only do they have a long reproductive life, they will provide fleece for a lifetime, making your investment long-lived.

An alpaca's gestation period is 11 to 12 months, and they have single births (twins are extremely rare). A baby alpaca, called a cria, usually weighs between 6 and 10kgs.

Alpaca fibre comes in 22 colours that are recognized by the textile industry, and there are many blends in addition to that. Alpacas are shorn for their wonderful fleece each year, which will produce 2 to 5 kgs of soft, warm fiber that is turned into the most luxurious garments in the world.

Compared to most types of livestock, alpacas are very easy to raise and maintain. They require small acreage for grazing and are very easy keepers. Alpacas are ruminants with three stomachs and very efficiently convert hay and grass to energy. Their basic care includes shearing, worming and vaccinations.

They do require basic shelter to protect them from intense heat or extreme cold however these animals originate from the Andean Mountain ranges and are very hardy. One acre of land can accommodate 5 - 8 animals. This makes alpacas the livestock of choice for individuals or families who have only a few acres and still want the pleasure and investment potential of raising alpacas.

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