Ian and Fiona Vanderbeek
Birrong Suri Alpacas
Canyonleigh NSW 2577
Phone: +61 2 4878 9310
Mobile: +61 417 727 146 (Ian)
Mobile: +61 407 850 374 (Fiona)
Fax: +61 2 4878 9360
|Last Updated: 4th of December 2013
Training Days in January 2014: We will be holding two training days in January. On Saturday 11 January we will be running our popular Alpaca Handling and Husbandry Day and on Sunday 12 January we will run a Suri Essentials day... full details of both courses are on our Training page - and if you attend both days over the same weekend the course fee is discounted.
Central West NSW Show: On 3 August 2013 we took a small team to Mudgee and four were placed in their classes. We were particularly pleased when Birrong Alchemy was awarded Champion Junior Female in a very tough section, and was commended in the final line-up for Supreme Champion by judge Wendy Billington. Alchemy is sired by our own Birrong Patronus, and was successful against females sired by some top suri males, including Pinjarra El Nino, Surilana Pythagoras and Bumble Hill Picotec. What is more, at 10 months of age she was being shown on her second fleece.
Birthing season underway: Our winter/spring 2013 birthing season is now underway, with the first cria being born on 23 June - so now is the perfect time to plan a farm tour and see the new cria. And if you are looking to buy alpacas, our special offer package prices are still available.
Reduced Price Package Deals: With our largest ever number of cria due to be born this year, we are offering some special deals on multiple purchases. Buy any two animals and get 10% off the list price. Any three - 15% discount. And any four - 20% discount. If you would like to purchase more than four - we are happy to negotiate further.
Alpaca AgGuide: Following the success of Alpaca AgSkills, published by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in 2011 we were delighted to be asked to write a companion volume, going into more detail on all aspects of farming alpacas - farm infrastructure, pasture and nutrition, assessing and improving fleece quality, genetics, alpaca health... and more! This book "Farming Alpacas" in the DPI's AgGuide series was published in January 2013 and we think it looks fantastic.
2012 Birthing Season: With our births finished for the year we are very pleased with the results. In particular, Thunderbolt is proving a consistently good sire, producing cria with beautiful lustre and handle, coupled with good density and lock structure. Within our Alcazar herd we also have a couple of exceptional cria sired by Surilana Mister Macusani ET - he is passing on his trademark greasy lustre to his progeny.
International Fleece Challenge 2012: We are very proud to announce that the second fleece of Birrong Patronus (one of our young stud males) was awarded third place in the white Senior Suri section, against very tough competition from around the world, in the International Fleece Show, held as part of the World Alpaca Conference held in Oxford, England. The fleece of another of our young males, Birrong Donizetti, also performed very creditably, being placed fifth in the white Intermediate class - the winner of which went on to be awarded supreme suri fleece.
2012 Show Season: The show season is underway once more... At Crookwell Fleece Show, Birrong Donizetti was awarded Champion Suri Fleece - the third year in succession that we have been awarded this accolade! At Gunning Show, the first three progeny of Birrong Knight in White Satin were all placed in their classes - 2nd and 3rd for Birrong Biba and Birrong Ruslana in the Junior Female White class and 2nd for Birrong Templar in the Junior Male White class. Biba went on to be awarded Reserve Champion Junior Female.
Alpaca Agskills: We are delighted to announce the publication of Alpaca Agskills - a NSW Primary Industries book featuring 92 pages in full colour, covering everything the new owner needs to know about alpaca care and husbandry. We are proud to have been the technical advisors for this publication and almost all the 112 colour illustrations were photographed on our farm.
Technical & Agricultural Tours: For those seriously interested in furthering their knowledge on the suri alpaca industry, whether within Australia or worldwide, we are now able to offer specialised technical and agricultural tours, tailored to your specific needs and interests. Pick from a series of modules to make up a half or full day visit. For further information on our Suri Alpaca Agritours please contact us.
Suri Farm Tours: We offer regular farm tours for individuals or groups interested in visiting a suri farm and learning all about suri alpacas. Plenty of opportunity to handle the alpacas, together with interactive and educational activities for children. For further information look at our Farm Tours page. Places on each tour are limited and must be booked in advance through Tourism Southern Highlands on 1300 657 559 or online by clicking this link.