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: 1st of March 2013
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.
Practical Alpaca Handling and Husbandry: This popular on-farm day is focused on acquiring all the practical skills of alpaca management, such as handling, halter training, giving injections, cutting toenails, mating/birthing . Aimed at the less experienced or potential alpaca owner. Dates for 2013: Saturday 11 May and Saturday 28 September. Course fee: $125/person or $170/couple including refreshments, lunch and copies of Alpaca Agskills and Farming Alpacas (retail price $52). Contact us for further information.
Open Farm Day 2013: As part of National Alpaca Week, our farm will be open to the public, free of charge, on Sunday 5 May from 10.00am-4.00pm. There will be husbandry demonstrations, opportunities to handle alpacas, or take one for a walk, and at 3.00pm, visitors can join in alpaca feeding time! Contact us for further information.
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.
Thunderbolt's first progeny: The first progeny of Thunderbolt are now on the ground and we are very pleased with the result. Look on our Gallery page for a picutre of one of his first two cria - both solid white females.
Knight in White Satin: Our congratulations to Tammurah Lamson of GrayLeigh Alpacas and Deborah Smith and David Cooper of Shangrilah Alpacas on their purchase of Birrong Knight in White Satin.
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.