Alpacas have presented us with a unique business as well as a wonderful and fulfilling lifestyle. Our fascination and passion for these animals remains strong. We are committed to a breeding programme to accelerate the improvement of our herd and to assist other breeders achieve their goals through using the SRS® breeding system. The commitment to the development of quality fleece that resembles the properties of cashmere will pay off for the industry as alpacas are capable of producing a much larger quantity of this type of fleece.
Glenhope is strongly focused on breeding well conformed huacayas that grow silky soft, long and deeply crimped fibre. We aim to breed fleeces that retain fineness with low primary fibres (guard hair). The results we are currently seeing are due to careful selection and use of the objective scientific tools of the SRS® breeding system we have employed since 2004. This breeding system developed by Dr Jim Watts has been tested and proven with merino sheep and has been embraced by an ever increasing number of Australian and overseas alpaca breeders. This scientific approach to breeding removes the guesswork as it provides measurable outcomes of genetic and fibre traits. Animals are classed and evaluated on a range of valued fleece characteristics. The males used in our breeding programme are skin tested and have reached a standard to be placed on the national list of recommended males.
The constitution and frame is equally important in the selection of our animals to genetically improve the feed conversion efficiency and fibre output of our stock. Selection of early maturing males with high fecundity is a trait we value as this has been shown in other species to have a direct effect on the fertility of females.
Females classified as elite are those who have consistently produced progeny that perform well in SRS fleece markers i.e. density, length, softness, lustre, deep bold crimp and low fine primary fibres. They are also conformationally sound and are worthy of entry into an embryo transplant programme.
Glenhope Cyrah – IAR 120588
Pedigree : Dam – Winter Joy
Sire – Marriglen Delta
Supreme winning female at 4 years of age. Cyrah has skin tested well showing high density and fine primary fibres. She has a soft handle and a deep bold crimp.
Glenhope Exquisite IAR 156224
Dam: Glenhope Cyrah
Sire: Benleigh Legend
A top female with an impressive line of genetics in her background. Champion Junior Female at New England show 2010 while her dam took out the Supreme award. She was also awarded the Champion adult female at the New England Show in 2011.
Glenhope Eccles IAR:156228
Glenhope Eccles at the National Show 2010
Glenhope Eccles is a solid frame female with high density and thin fine bundling staples. She impressed the participants at the SRS conference in Western Australia in 2010 held at Suncloud Alpacas and we have high expectation for her future as a E.T. doner.
Her second fleece results 18.3 mic, SD 3.5.
Dam: Glenhope Winter Joy
Sire: Benleigh Legend
Glenhope Eccles is out of Glenhope Winter Joy who consistently produces top quality animals. Her sire, Benleigh Legend has all the great names behind him such as Sweet Freedom & Bellisimo. Eccles classing results showed very high score (4) for density, length & lustre.