Monday, 17 May 2010

Life at my parents farm (many years ago)...
Maas Rijn IJssel cattle (small herd - 60 cows)

Photo: My sister, me in the middle and my father

Last weeks we were visiting some very known alpacabreeders in The Netherlands. They have very different breedinggoals ...!? Some very beautifull alpacas with lovely fleeces (all around the alpaca). Some breeders go for good conformation and others go for the best fleeces.

We (Marieke and I) go for excellent conformation and the better fleeces (all around). We don't like the big heads, short neck and long back... Our three studs for the end of this year / next year are offering the best genetics in every color in The Benelux. ME Leon, ME Claudius and CME Lysander ET. Hope there will be some more shows in the future in the Benelux.

Furthermore I was looking on the internet for alpacas in Norway and Finland. Seems that they are much further in breeding and started a national studbook in these lands.

All the same breeders (who exports to The Netherlands) have much exported to these lands (Finland and Norway). Mariah Hill, Tim Hey, Bozedown, etc. It suprised me that they have a worldwide / european influence on the alpacamarket. The Fins are member of AZVD. I'll think it is strange that allways the same farms are exporting...

I'll guess that there never will be an export of an alpaca from The Netherlands to USA, England or NZ and Australiƫ. We must hurry with an importscreening for alpacas in The Netherlands!

Many greetings,

Mail the alpaca-vet

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