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Waratah Flats Founder Stock

The bulk of our breeding herd today can be traced back to a number of selected individuals that have made their mark on the genetic base of the Waratah Flats alpaca herd.

Unique males:

Somerset Peruvian Heritage – medium fawn male imported from Peru in 1996 (fleece tested at 6 years old – 23.8u, 4.2 SD and CV of 18.6%)

Kiahere Peruvian Ven Chura – dark fawn male imported from Peru in 2002 (fleece tested at 9 years old – 22.1u, 3.9 SD and CV of 17.6%)

Forestglen Seth – dark fawn male imported from Australia in 2007 (fleece tested at 9 years old – 19.3u, 3.4 SD and CV of 17.3%)

Each of these males was selected according to our Alpaca Breeding Values: through the use of progeny (and sibling) testing, evaluation of herd annual fibre testing results and supported by phenotypic evaluation. Each carried their low micron and SD into their mature years and all have made significant improvements to the Waratah Flats herd as a result of progeny testing their own offspring. Now their sons and daughter are carrying us on into the future and their legacy lives on.

Iconic females:

Waratah Flats Macusani Quetzal – medium fawn female imported from Peru in 2002 (fleece tested at 4 years old – 17.3u, 2.8 SD and CV of 16.8%)

Waratah Flats Macusani Toucan – medium fawn female imported from Peru in 2002 (fleece tested at 4 years – 15.9u, 2.6 SD and CV of 15.7%)

Waratah Flats Macusani Curassow – light fawn female imported from Peru in 2002 (fleece tested at 4 years – 18.2u, 3.1 SD and CV of 17.6%)

Waratah Flats Macusani Tanager – light fawn female imported from Peru in 2002 (fleece tested at 4 years – 17.9u, 2.9 SD and CV of 16.2%)

Waratah Flats Macusani Jacana – medium fawn female imported from Peru in 2002 (fleece tested at 4 years – 18.1u, 3.2 SD and CV of 18.2%)

Waratah Flats Paucar Juanita – dark fawn female imported from Peru in 2002 (fleece tested at 4 years – 16.8u, 2.8 SD and CV of 16.1%)

All of these females were selected in Peru by Lynda and Paul, in a process that involved screening thousand of possible candidates, followed by quarantine and shipping exercise that took almost 12 months. Every one of these females has contributed significantly to the Waratah Flats herd, with 80% of our current breeding females now having an ancestral link to one or more of these females.