Granjero Park Alpaca Stud is based in Tyabb on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
Granjero Park Alpacas started in 2013 with the purchase of two alpacas, Hazel a grey huacaya and Cascade a white suri. They both remained on agistment at their original home for another four years until we bought our own farm in 2017.
Granjero Park Alpacas is a family business owned by Rosalie and Jack Boer with our daughters helping out occasially with farm work, halter training and at shows by showing our animals.
We are breeders of coloured Suri and Huacaya. Our aim is to breed the perfect animal by selecting good genetics with density, fineness and conformity true to style. So far we are happy with the progress of our breeding program as we are starting to see good results in the showring.
When we purchased our property it had previously been used by horses and was very run down. Up to date we have built new fences, shelters and have re-sown pastures. We basically started from scratch which gave us the chance to set up our farm the way we wanted it, taking into mind ease of management, handling and the welfare of our alpacas.
We also had our property certified for Q-Alpaca which is a health assurance program for our herd.
We are members of the Australian Alpaca Association (AAA), Victorian Eastern Region (VER) and the Mornington Peninsula Alpaca Breeders (MPAB). We also hold a current Property Identification Code (PIC).
PIC 3MGDP441 | Q-Alpaca 18/0531
Breeders of coloured Suri and Huacaya
Granjero Park Alpacas Health Care Program
We are still learning and always looking for and finding out new ways to ensure our animals are and remain healthy. So far we have found that all serious breeders care about their animals and are always happy to take our call if we need to know something.
Below is what we do at Granjero Park Alpacas. We are not saying this is the correct way of doing things. Other breeders may do things differently, but this works for us and the animal welfare always comes first.
All new arrivals (Alpacas from another farm) will be drenched and quarantined for at least 36 Hrs so they can empty out before joining the main herd. They will also get a once over to check for any obvious ailments.
Animals returning to our farm from either a show or a mating or the vet will have their feet sprayed with Betadine. This may sound over the top but minimises the risk of disease being brought onto the farm.
(Like us washing our hands when we come inside)
We give Ultravac 5 in 1 twice a year, Once at shearing time and then another 6 months later
Vitamin AD&E :
Given at shearing time, and in addition, they get a further 3 doses over the winter months approx. 6 – 8 weeks apart.
Pregnant females receive a booster at approximately 300 days gestation. Darker or black animals may get more frequent or some additional doses if required
Cophos is given along with vitamin D3, supplying the extra Phosphorous for growth and healthy bones. Vitamin D3 assists with the uptake of phosphorous and calcium.
All animals, especially pregnant mums, have access to Anitone, a mineral supplement that is mixed into drinking water. Lactating mums may have some in their chaff to get some extra nutrients.
Any other medications will be prescribed by our vet as needed.
Alpacas require shearing every year – usually between October and December. At Granjero Park we do our own shearing. We have an area set aside in the shed with a shearing table and skirting table.
Our whole family did a course on how to shear alpacas and skirt their fleeces, so we all get involved on shearing day. This way we don’t have to book shearers and we can shear when we want to at our own pace.
Some of the jobs on shearing day are:
Loading the animals onto the specially designed shearing table
Looking after the alpaca whilst on the shearing table to keep the animal relaxed.
Taking the fleece from the shearing table to skirting table
Skirting, sorting, bagging and labelling the fleeces
Cutting toe nails
Giving each alpaca a once over, checking teeth, skin and colour of membranes
Giving the injections – 5 in 1 vaccination and vitamin AD&E. Cophos if needed.
Providing lunch and drinks
As you can see above, there are a lot of jobs to do on shearing day.
We all multi-task. That’s why we believe that if it is in-house, we can go at our own pace and get time to do things properly - the way we want it done without the stress of keeping up with the shearer.
LESS STRESS ON US = LESS STRESS ON THE ANIMALS.