We are a small alpaca stud located in the beautiful Mudgee district specialising in the breeding of Black Huacaya. Our aim is to produce black alpacas with fine, dense fleece and perfect conformation using the best genetics we can get our hands on!
We had been attracted to these fascinating animals for some time before purchasing our first animals in 2005. We started out with just one female and her male cria, and thus began our steep learning curve.
Knowing that we were limited in relation to stock numbers with our 25 acres led us to make a decision to specialise in one colour, and we ultimately decided on the challenge of beautiful Black. Our herd has continued to expand, and we have recently purchased a 105 acre property that had been used as a sheep farm. We now have a range of sheds (including a fully functioning shearing shed) Stables, and various dams. Over the last 12 or so months we have introduced a few greys into our herd. Our focus however will remain Black, with a little grey on the side!
Over the last few years we have ventured into the show ring, with impressive and encouraging results, and this adds another enjoyable dimension to our "hobby". We have been interstate, and have been introducing some of the best black genetics available in Australia, namely Canchones Gendarme, Blacka Galahad, Leejay My Nightmare and Manna Gum Farm Just a Gigolo. The resulting Cria have really been outstanding.
Alpacas are such a dream to farm, they are gentle, curious and intelligent, and with padded feet they are kind to the environment. Alpacas don't challenge fences, and are easy to contain. Prior to having the standard infrastructure we made temporary runs from paddock to shed for shearing, and this is often done with coloured plastic ribbons and a few star pickets. Some of our animals are easily lead on a halter by our children.
Here at Ravenswood Alpacas, we test animal's fleece annually. Each animal's histogram is available, and in some cases the the previous years' fleece is also available for your inspection. Please dont hesitate to contact us with your requirements.
Since moving to our larger farm we have also added a few other animals with a view to producing our own meat. Please browse through the tabs on the left for more information.