You'll become part of a growing industry from all over Australia and play a part in supporting the development of the industry through shows, research, herd health, genetic advancement and supply chain and marketing initiatives.
The Victorian Eastern Region covers a geographically diverse area. Members farm alpacas across many aspects of the Australian terrain – from the vineyards of the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula, to the rich soil farming districts of Gippsland, the coastal extension from Port Phillip to Mallacoota and the grandeur of the Great Dividing Range. Within the Victorian Eastern Region there are around 130 registered alpaca breeders, several with larger studs in excess of 100 alpacas to others with only a few. Many members also promote and sell alpaca products.
Deciding what to sell should be based on your breeding and business objectives. All animals can be for sale, as long as they are correctly priced. Having said this, you may choose not to sell some, as selling them may have a negative impact on your breeding program. If you are unable to replace the animal with something that will have a better impact on your breeding program, then it may be better not to sell.
In any business, it is essential that clients are attracted and that sales are made. In difficult times like today, this may seem all too hard. In reality, it has always required focus and hard work. Even in the good times, alpaca breeders have to compete not only with each other but with other livestock and farming options. There is also a myriad of other non farming investment opportunities available.
So, you have looked into those big brown almond shaped eyes and been smitten by the alpaca. You just have to have one. Then you think to yourself, I know nothing about these inquisitive but curious creatures. What do I do next ?
Everyone’s situation differs according to the size of their herd and property. That’s why each and every livestock/alpaca owner needs to develop an individual survival plan, coolly and calmly. If you are likely to panic, leave early, people who panic put themselves and others under unnecessary risks. The key to survival is forward planning and self reliance. Make your decision early.
Learn from experts who understand the industry and are dedicated to exploring opportunities and helping you succeed and get access to the tools and resources you need to develop your herd to its greatest potential and enjoy the many benefits of these unique animals.
You’ll become part of a growing industry from all over Australia and play a part in supporting the development of the industry through shows, research, herd health, genetic advancement and supply chain and marketing initiatives.
Receive timely and reliable information on animal health and welfare as well as biosecurity issues through our alliances with Animal Health Australia and other livestock industries, and veterinary specialists.
We invest in important research and development, herd health and genetic advancement programs, as well as supply chain and marketing initiatives, and provide information and resources relating to the alpaca industry.