Our farm is called Fleurieu Coral Gum Estates. We are situated on the Fleurieu Peninsula , approximately 10 km from the wonderful town of Goolwa.
We purchased our land in 1999 , built our home in 2001 and bought our first alpacas in 2002.
These first alpacas set us on a long journey from which we built our herd from two animals to the current herd of around 130 animals.
Along this journey, we experienced highs and lows. The joy of our first cria being born , the sadness and distress of losing all but two of our earlier herd to dog attack , more joy as we set out to rebuild our herd and source quality animals.
Our first alpaca were all huacayas. We met other alpaca breeders , and invested in some suri females. We were hooked.
After a few years , we began to think that maybe we should support the alpaca industry by becoming members of the Australian Alpaca Association , so we joined , created our herd prefix Ausdane Alpacas and set about ensuring that the majority of our animals were registered and on the AAA database.
We still have a small herd of unregistered alpacas - these are descendants of our first venture into alpaca breeding , and we aim to sell to both breeders and people who want herd guards or pets.
Along our journey , a friend and fellow breeder offered two llamas for sale. One was Cherokee , a pure appaloosa llama male and the other was Alicia , a pure white llama female. Later , we purchased Kismet - the offspring of Alicia and Chimu ( a homozygous suri alpaca). Kismet was a llama X otherwise known as an alpama or llapaca.
As time progressed , an adventure by Garcia , our rose grey alpaca male produced 3 more "alpamas" . Cherokees unknown dalliance with a couple of female alpacas produced 2 more alpamas , and so our herd of llamas/alpamas grew. Time to review our fencing.