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This website is for everyone interested in alpacas and their care, and has detailed information about breeding, shearing, fleece, health and welfare, cria, alpacas for sale and more. If you want to find out more about our farm tours, click here. If you are new to alpacas, Alpaca Facts, Frequently Asked Questions, and Why Buy Alpacas will introduce you to the basics, and show why alpacas are the smart option for lifestyle farmers! Otherwise, browse and enjoy!

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The Alpaca Place provides:

  • New Zealand Alpacas for Sale: We are well-established, highly reputable alpaca breeders. Worth travelling for! You’ll find the alpaca thats right for you, right here! We love helping people achieve their dreams – we offer interest free finance to suit your budget (conditions apply).
  • Export Quality alpacas: Look at the advantages of purchasing your alpacas from New Zealand, and the benefits of buying from The Alpaca Place
  • Interactive Farm Tours: Enjoy a family friendly farm tour – suitable for families, individuals and groups.
  • Outstanding Customer Commitment: You’ll enjoy unrivalled customer support and much, much more. You’ll spot the difference!
  • Free booklet: Interested in alpacas? Ensure you make an informed decision by reading the booklet “Discover Alpacas” before you buy. Available free in New Zealand only
  • Alpaca Fibre sales: You’ll love the feel and look of your handspun alpaca yarn
  • Newsletter: Published every 2-3 months and chock full of information on alpacas! Our value packed newsletter is by distribution list only – it is not a website resource, so sign up today.
  • Workshops and seminars: Valued at $300 + GST per person, available FREE to our customers! You’ll benefit from the opportunity to have hands on learning about your chosen livestock. We have workshops on how to handle and care for your alpacas, and seminars on breeding and ante-natal care of cria.
  • Stud Services: You’ll be impressed with our line-up of stunning stud males. Use them to improve the quality of your cria. New service: drive-by matings by selected studs are also available for a reduced fee. Ask for our Stud Services booklet – IT’S FREE!
  • Our website is a valuable resource. You can use it to research almost every aspect of alpaca management – it is regularly accessed by alpaca enthusiasts all over the world- see the menu on the right, or use the tabs at the top of the page to enter our website..

Our Location: The Alpaca Place lies in the beautiful Rangitumau Valley, Masterton, New Zealand – for more information on where to find us, click here. We are really easy to find, but if you plan to visit, we suggest you save our phone number – 06 372 5565 into your cell phone, so you can call us if you need to.
Pre-purchase Research: Thinking of investing in alpacas for breeding or as pets, and want to know more? We welcome visits to our farm so we can discuss your questions with you, and show you the many benefits of alpaca ownership and of connecting with us. We believe anyone who wants to own alpacas should have the opportunity to do so – so we offer interest free finance (conditions apply) to make the desirable affordable, and bring your dreams to life!

 
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News and Updates


Yet another use for alpaca – weedmat!

August 22, 2016

I am not much of a gardener, preferring to spend time on the farm or with the alpacas. However, I  love eating raspberries! So a few years ago I dealt with my anti-gardening prejudice and bought a few canes of raspberries, which have been producing delicious raspberries every year ever since.

As with all gardening, the worst part is the weeds, as as they grow when I am busiest on the farm, most years the raspberries have to compete with them, while I make the occasional effort to remove them.

This year I decided to try something different. I have long known that scrap alpaca was reputed to make a great weed mat, and as we had a number of odd scraps of alpaca lying around, I decided to make the effort to see how it works. After pruning, and hoeing the raspberry patch to remove as many weed seedlings as possible, I laid down a thick layer of compost to ensure the raspberries had sufficient food and moisture, and then carefully laid down a patchwork of alpaca fibre (quite a bit came from wool samples taken at our 2009 shearing and never sent for testing – it was a trip down nostalgia lane, as with one exception, all these alpacas had been sold).

So now all I have to do is wait and see how effective alpaca fibre is as a weedmat. I did strike a problem today when wind threatened to blow all the fibre from the garden, but got around that issue by dampening down the fibre.IMG_6006

Posted By: Cheryl


Alpaca fibre: now the first choice for filtering smoke!

August 19, 2016
Alpaca fibre has a great future! We all know that, but the sheer variety of uses for alpaca apart from the beautiful garments it makes, never ceases to amaze. Here is yet another use for this endlessly variable natural fibre:
From the winter edition of “New Zealand Alpaca” I recently reread an article by Jenny Durno about an amazing new use of alpaca fibre. Jenny’s article discusses a fire fighter mask with an alpaca filter, invented and developed by Australian Mike Taylor.
Mike didn’t set our to find a use for alpaca, rather he was looking for a solution to keep smoke out of your lungs when fighting fires, withour having the product melt all over your face, or leak smoke around the edges.
By chance, while Mike was researching natural materials he wandered into an alpaca show, and purchased felted alpaca to test along with other materials he was working with. The alpaca performed so well he went looking for a source, and together with an enterprising alpaca owner came up with the ideal solution for his face mask.
When CSIRO ran the alpaca filter through their tests, the results were so impressive, the respirator was the first and only respirator to pass two International Standards for fire resistance.
Not only, but also: the face masks have also been used for protection against word turning dust and allergens!
Says Mike: “I now have  a completely new electrostatic material which uses alpaca. I have called it “Pacastat”. By itself it removes 99.9% of 5 micron particles and over 85% of 0.3 micron. Fantastic texture too.”commercial

Posted By: Cheryl


Our website works for us too!

June 26, 2016

Just yesterday, we discovered one of weanlings with a slight head tremor, typical of staggers. We knew she couldn’t have rye grass staggers, as not only is it the wrong time of year, being winter here in NZ, but we don’t have any ryegrass. However, a number of years ago I did a study on the different types of staggers, and wrote the results up in an article in the Health and Welfare section of our website. So although I remembered there were 3 different types of staggers, I couldn’t remember what the additional 2 were, or their treatments. So I looked up our trusty website, and found Tiffany fitted the profile for PE – staggers that normally occur mid-winter, when there is a lot of fungal activity going on. With a damp and mild winter, we have had fungus growing in odd spots around the farm. The result an be a thiamine deficiency, and the treatment – B12.

Our website is a great resource – even for us!

Posted By: Cheryl


New page: grey and roan alpacas

April 25, 2016
Silver grey son of Yulia

Silver grey son of Yulia

We have just published a new web page, all about grey and roan alpacas. If these beautiful colours have you confused, read this article for an explanation of the difference.

Posted By: Cheryl


A New Dawn…..

March 10, 2016

After the sadness of a stillborn cria a couple of weeks ago, Empire Rose gave birth to a very much alive golden girl. We currently have a gale blowing, but Empire Rose has found a sheltered spot for her new cria, who has been up and walking and feeding. We look forward to watching her grow – she has an impressive pedigree that includes Australasias top sires on both sides of her pedigree.

Empire Dawn greets the day

Empire Dawn greets the day

Posted By: Cheryl


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