Glenhope Herd Dispersal sale May 1st at 12M.D.
Glenhope Alpacas commenced operations in 2000. Since that time we have built the herd to over 200 then due to the drought down to 140.
Our aim has always been to produce a line of fleeced animals that are soft, uniform in quality and producing quality fibre for processing. To achieve this aim we worked closely with the late Dr Jim Watts using his SRS® breeding system as well as using Jim as our herd classer and breeding adviser. His scientific background and extensive research has been critical in developing this line of animals that we are now offering for sale. The fleece markers that are most important are reducing the primary fibre diameter, increasing density and length, developing softness and lustre in the fibre and having fibre that has good elasticity for processing.
The selection of our certified males was done using skin testing to finally determine their suitability. Unfortunately since Jim’s death we have not been able to skin test our younger males that we offer as potential herd sires. However, those selected have been thoroughly vetted using our fleece markers and visual assessment of their conformation and other physical traits. We are confident that the males on offer would enhance any breeding herd.
Breeding alpacas is a journey with no defined destination. However by using the scientific tools and other aids available the journey is one that results in development and progress that is better for the animals and the industry.
The information on the SRS breeding system and the stud males we have used at Glenhope as sires are available on this website.
We have not been involved in animal showing in recent years other than the New England Alpaca Show but have entered our fleeces for showing at National and Sydney Shows. In 2014 we exerted ourselves and entered 14 fleeces and received 11 ribbons and 3 championships at Sydney Royal. Glenhope received the Most Successful Exhibitor (Medium Breeder) award at the Commercial Alpaca Fleece Show in 2019.
We would like to acknowledge the following people for their support over the years. Firstly to the late Dr Jim Watts who, by his contacts and extensive work was able to lift the quality of the alpacas we bred. Secondly to the late Julienne Gelber for her friendship and knowledge of the processing of alpaca fibre and to her and Frank for their hospitality during our baling days of fleece in preparation for processing in Italy.
Glenhope has achieved our aim of developing a top fleece producing herd of soft animals with low primary fibre. In conjunction with other SRS® breeders we processed our first blanket line in Italy resulting in beautiful soft blankets. Glenhope has continued to process their own line of throw blankets that are also soft but showing no evidence of primary fibre in the blankets. A most gratifying achievement. See www.glenhopeco.com