Purrumbete Highlander

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Purrumbete Highlander was renowned for his ability as a sire and a grandsire to produce quality descendants displaying both fleece and conformation excellence. He is considered one of the “top 5” foundation sires of the Australasian Alpaca Industry, and the inclusion of his name in any pedigree immediately attracts attention.

Highlander, a full Accoyo from Don Barreda’s famous Peruvian herd, arrived in Australia in 1990 as working male and at his death, more than a decade later,was assumed to be about 14 years old. Highlander had a profound influence on the breeding of high quality alpacas. The mark of a great sire is not just what he produces but the number of significant sires that he fathers. Highlander was renowned for his ability as a sire and a grandsire to produce quality descendants displaying both fleece and conformation excellence. Highlander’s influence becomes even more apparent when we look at his sons. For example Purrumbete Brigantine, Purrumbete Minderoo, and Parnabrae Brutus, just 3 of Highlander’s many sons, have all been champions in their own right as well as siring many champions themselves. Many of Highlander’s progeny have excelled in the show ring.

Eleven years after his arrival in Australia, Highlander still had fibre statistics that were far superior to the Australian herd average.



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