Whether you're just starting out, or, experienced in the industry, there are many reasons to deal with us.  Take advantage of our pride and commitment to the Alpaca industry and use our top quality stud males to improve your herd, or take a look at a few of our animals For Sale. With over 20 years’ experience in the Alpaca industry, we are always happy to offer advice.

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About us

Eric & Debbie Lister, owners of ‘Thief of Hearts’ - termed by the beautiful Alpacas who stole our hearts   

  • Alpacas come in a whole range of colours, 22 basic colours and then 250 different shades. 

  • A Male Alpaca is called a Macho. 

  • A Female Alpaca is called a Hembra. 

  • A Baby Alpaca is called a Cria.

  • An Alpaca that turns one year old is called a Tui. 

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    They live for up to 25 years.

  • They can breed from 1 year of age and then on until around 20 years old. 

  • Alpacas have soft feet with Pads under their Toe Nails. 

  • Alpacas do not spit unless they are really provoked and then it is rare. 

  • Alpacas have only bottom Teeth like a sheep, and they never bite. 

  • You can run Alpacas on as little as 2 acres of land. 

  • Alpacas belong to the Camelid Family. 

  • Camelids have evolved over 37 million years. 

  • Alpacas have been domesticated for some 7,000 years now. 

  • Alpacas are the easiest animal in the world to herd (round up) 

  • There are only 3.5 million Alpacas world wide and 2.7 million reside in South America.
  • Alpacas were treasured by the ancient Incas in South America for their fine fleece. 

  • Large numbers of Alpacas still exist in South America, despite a decline after the conquest of the Incas. 

  • South America can no longer increase it's population of Alpacas. The future of these animals is in New Zealand and Australia due to the grazing available. 

  • Alpacas are usually shorn annually but can be shorn every 2nd year to obtain a longer fleece. 

  • Shearing involves conventional sheep-shearing equipment but the animal is restrained. The annual yield per animal is around 3 kg with top animals reaching 8 kg. 

  • The first fleece or Cria fleece commands a premium because of it's extra fineness. 

  • Other than Shearing and the usual de-worming and vaccinations Alpacas require little else.

  • Toenails and teeth may occasionally need trimming. Alpacas do not suffer with fly-strike or foot-rot. 

  • Female Alpacas are pregnant for 335 to 365 Days and only produce one Cria at a time. Birthing is relatively easy and trouble free and 99% of the time is in daylight hours. 

  • Alpacas are induced ovulators and can be bred throughout the year. 

  • Breeding success can range as high as 100% in New Zealand, while in South America it is around 40% due to harsher conditions and less careful animal husbandry.