About Your Hosts….The Alpaca Stud
The Alpaca Stud was founded in 2005 with the objective of becoming a source of “Gold Standard” world genetics. In 2015 we are close, but Alpaca Breeding is an ever moving target and change is inevitable. 2014 saw John Potts retire, with his share in the business being purchased by James Corrigan-Stuart. James brings with him a fresh perspective that we are sure will see the genetic development of the herd continue.
James joining The Alpaca Stud afforded an opportunity for change. We recognise the need to “step up” our business model in order to remain an industry leader. Part of our strength is the level of expertise we offer clients. In 2014, our daughter Alexandra and her husband Dries Verhoef joined the team. This addition of knowledge, some of which was gained outside of the UK, makes The Alpaca Stud a source of expertise that few can match, and can but give client’s confidence.
Our herd improvement programme was founded on the now highly renowned Dovecote Jaquinto who formed the cornerstone of the Huacaya breeding programme. We continue to add genetics, and in 2010 and 2013 we introduced males from the famous Snowmass herd in North America. These new herdsires complemented and enhanced the existing Huacaya bloodlines, adding such names to pedigrees as Snowmass’s Quechua, Matrix, Conopa, and the great Legacy himself. For the Suri programme, The Synergist was added, a grandson of the famous MacGyver from Great Lakes Ranch.
Home grown superstars continue to dominate including Nyetimber, Phoenix and Fusion who have all been crowned British Alpaca Futurity Herdsire Champions. As home to numerous British Alpaca Futurity Herdsire Championships, we can be confident of the prepotency of our Herdsires.
The Alpaca Stud’s commitment to the British fibre industry remains undiminished, our Huacaya fibre is still much sought after for its consistency and high quality, and we are now grading Suri with a view to its processing on a commercial scale in the UK.
A keen participant on the show circuit we value the exposure this creates for our clients and ourselves. We have enjoyed tremendous show successes, in both Huacaya and Suri. Our clients now enjoy their own success in the show ring, and we thank them for their continued support of both the British industry and ourselves.
The Alpaca Stud Objective:
To breed alpacas that represent the breed type at its best, be that Suri or Huacaya. Our alpacas must be of the highest quality, with good health, sound conformation and genetically predisposed towards heavy cutting weights and longevity of fine fibre production, often described as “genetic fineness”. Alpacas bred for COMMERCIAL fibre production, not just the show ring.
Once again, we are offering some of our very best alpacas in this year’s auction, with enviable pedigrees thrown in for good measure. As proud co-hosts of the event, we do hope you enjoy the opportunity, as we will enjoy giving you a glimpse of the new plans for The Alpaca Stud’s future, along with the genetics that form part of that future for our clients and ourselves. The last ten years have been fun and the next ten promises to be even more fun as we near our ultimate goal.