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Last Updated: 10th of February 2015

10th February 2015

Can you believe it? It's almost the beginning of the 2015 alpaca show season already! Once again time is merrily whizzing us by. We have been busy preparing and selecting our teams for both the British Alpaca Futurity and the British Alpaca Society National Show 2015. We know that we've got a fab collection of youngsters from our 2014 cria that we cannot wait to exhibit in March.

As part of the show preparations we have been hard at work halter training all of our cria; which is a mammoth task with so many born in 2014.

Not to mention lots of visitors to the farm keen to get some studs for their ladies and some of our cute little weanlings for their herds.

We hope to see you all at the National on 7th March, not long now.

Don't forget if you want more information about Houghton Hall Alpacas and our prizing winning herd please sign up for our newsletter here, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 750 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you. We welcome visits, but please call in advance.



30th January 2015

What Do You Look For When Choosing Your Perfect Paca?

In October last year you might remember that we asked some of our social followers which key qualities they consider to be most important when buying a new alpaca. We discovered somewhat unsurprisingly that most alpaca breeders, farmers and owners take into account a number of different factors when they are searching for a new alpaca for their herd. One breeder put it well; “Conformation first and foremost. Then fleece quality and then a price to match these characteristics”. Which particular traits you are looking for be it conformation, depth of colour or low primary fibre micron depends entirely on what you want to improve in your herd, and whether or not they are show potential, breeding or pets.

Find out which trait received the highest vote below;
Survey Chart

Here were a couple of comments we received from other alpaca owners highlighting how they select their new herd member;

“The most important aspect when buying alpacas, is that you trust the sellers implicitly and can rely on them to help you.”

“We chose our first one simply because he was super cute :) Now the biggest of the bunch, super friendly and wouldn't be without them :)”

“Fleece quality is important but you need a healthy animal to generate it.”

Don’t agree with what our responders have said? Let us know what you look for through one of our social pages, found below.

For more information about Houghton Hall Alpacas and our elite herd please sign up for our newsletter here, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 750 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you. We welcome visits, but please call in advance.

*All data collected via the Houghton Hall Alpaca survey 13/10/14 – 19/10/14


28th January 2015

Why We Support the British Alpaca Futurity

We are once again proud to be supporters of the British Alpaca Futurity (BAF) which promotes the improvement and quality of alpaca bloodlines as well as the whole UK alpaca industry. It is a fantastic non profit event organised by a number of the UK's top alpaca breeders, including us at Houghton Hall. This year's event will take place on the 27th-28th March at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

There are expected to be well over 400 alpacas, a mix of Huacaya and Suri at the BAF, making it the largest of its kind in Europe. As normal there will be both a Halter and Fleece show which the British Alpaca Futurity have organised two top judges to compare for; Pete Kennedy (AUS) and Wade Gease (USA).

For those of you that are fans of using alpaca fibre you'll be pleased to hear that for the first time the event will also include the p-Lush Show which promotes all users and designers of natural fibres. You can also get your hands on some of their special p-Lush branded knitting needles and crochet hooks without feeling guilty as the proceeds are going to their chosen charity Target Ovarian Cancer.

Why we love the BAF

The event is suitable for all alpaca enthusiasts no matter what their experience in alpaca breeding as it is a perfect opportunity to meet other breeders from across the UK, Europe and beyond. Meaning whether you have gone in to exhibit your prized animals, or just to learn more to take your herd to the next level whilst meeting great people on the way, this event is a must.

Mick George Comments; "We are proud to be actively promoting and influencing the future of alpaca breeding and fleece production for the benefit of the UK's industry and worldwide. The British Alpaca Futurity triumph the alpaca industry at every stage from field through to final product making us world renowned."

We really missed it last year, so can't wait for the event this Spring to celebrate all things alpaca. See you there!

Don't forget if you want more information about Houghton Hall Alpacas and our prizing winning herd please sign up for our newsletter here, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 750 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you. We welcome visits, but please call in advance.



12th January 2015

Importing & Exporting Alpacas

Recently we were interviewed by the leading alpaca magazine Alpaca Culture regarding our experiences with importing and exporting alpacas, which was published along with a number of other alpaca breeders from Europe, Australia and the US.

Read our part below;

Houghton Hall Alpacas have been major importers and alpaca breeders since early 2001.
They “regularly buy the best available stock to compliment our alpaca breeding programme.”
They have imported a large variety of alpaca stud males directly from Australia to compliment their breeding program, which are available for stud services and they regularly assist clients with all the requirements needed for exporting alpacas to Europe.
We asked what led Houghton Hall to become exporters. Mick George, Owner, explains. “We are always looking for additional clients and due to the demand and growth in the European export market it seemed like the obvious place to go. Some animals we have sold into Europe we wouldn’t have sold in the UK. European breeders are looking for superior genetics and we can offer that. It is also vital to help with improving the diversity and quality of alpaca bloodlines.”
To export alpacas, Mick explains, “We give our alpacas a full and thorough health check, whether they are going abroad or staying in the UK, along with TB and Brucellosis testing. We must also apply for export papers via Carlisle DEFRA for all exports.”
“We have exported into the whole of mainland Europe,” Mick says. Export destinations “really vary at the moment, as there is an ever increasing interest in alpacas.”
The quarantine process, “Varies for each country. Prior to export we keep the animals isolated from the rest of our herd. Certain countries require very strict quarantine which is in keeping with our own biosecurity procedures and with independent quarantine we abide by their protocol.”
Houghton Hall safeguards their charges’ health and well being by adhering to export rules, “But we are also keen to transport the alpacas ourselves and having exported some 170 animals in the last 2 years the vast majority we have delivered ourselves. We have only just returned from the South of France, delivering 6 alpacas to a new breeder there, where we stayed for a couple of days to help the animals settle in and help the new owner with basic husbandry.”
What is most important to remember when exporting alpacas? “Timing of all the tests and quarantine is vital to fit in with transporting. Make sure DEFRA are aware. We also consider where they are going and what requirements the alpacas will have there. Is the potential new breeder ready for them? Do they have the right facilities and veterinary expert locally, or another breeder to help,” Mick says

An excerpt from Alpaca Culture magazine’s December 2014 Issue. You can read the rest of the article and find out more of the latest alpaca news from around the world on their website www.alpacaculture.com

For more information regarding our export services visit our website or contact Mick and Liz on 07764469132 and at info@houghtonhallalpacas.co.uk

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 750 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you. We welcome visits, but please call in advance.


7th January 2015

Happy New Year to you all. We hope you had a peaceful Christmas and trust the New Year brings you everything you are wishing for and more ....

Most of our crias have now been weaned and are growing out nicely and halter training has started in earnest for them. We can't wait to show the crème de la crème of our 2014 crias in the Show ring this year.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Don't forget if you want more information about Houghton Hall Alpacas and our prizing winning herd please sign up for our newsletter here, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 750 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you. We welcome visits, but please call in advance.


19 December 2014

Well, the festivities are in full swing at Houghton Hall HQ, it's definitely cold too, and we've still got our fingers crossed for snow.
It's been an incredible year, we've achieved phenomenal successes in the show ring; from winning double Supreme at the BAS 2014 National to our fantastic Houghton Travatore progeny taking 1st at every show they attended, along with taking another 8 Supremes from the 5 other events attended. We have gained awards in too many categories to mention, but it is fair to say that we have proudly shown that truly impressive genetics run throughout our herd.
Not to mention breaking our record for cria births with over 200 being welcomed to the herd. They have been keeping us very busy, particularly recently as we are now weaning them, a job which always makes us feel very guilty.
We also had a great first year for our new Alpaca ShowTime event, so watch this space for details about the next one.

We are immensely proud of our herd, which have certainly gone from strength to strength this year, we cannot wait to find out what successes 2015 brings!

We hope you have a wonder Christmas and a happy New Year!

Don't forget if you want more information about Houghton Hall Alpacas and our prizing winning herd please sign up for our newsletter here, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 750 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you. We welcome visits, but please call in advance.



25 November 2014

It has been a wet and windy few weeks, which neither us, nor the alpacas are a fan of! Yet another month has follow by with a flurry of activities, we’ve said goodbye to our Supreme Champion Damian who’s gone to Norway to join the fabulous herd at Sigdal Alpakka. We’ve also been hard at work with the general everyday care of our 800 strong herd along with introducing lots of breeders and owners to their next alpaca.

This evening on the farmWe have got a few exciting things going on at the moment and can’t wait to show you all in the New Year. Our new e-newsletter will be starting in January, make sure you sign up so you don’t miss out. We’ve also updated the for sales page on our website with lots of new alpacas, so why not start looking for your perfect alpaca!

For more information about Houghton Hall Alpacas and our elite herd please sign up for our newsletter here, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can’t see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 800 alpacas in our herd, we are sure to have an ‘alpackage©’ to suit you. We welcome visits, but please call in advance. 01480 461510 Office/Mobile 07764469132





29 October 2014

Alpaca Herdsman and General Farm Worker Required

We are looking for an experienced Alpaca Herdsman to join our team at Houghton Hall Alpacas, Cambridgeshire, UK. The successful candidate must have experience working with, and handling alpacas and other livestock. This is a full time position sharing in the daily care of over 1000 alpacas at one of the largest breeding farms in Europe. These duties will consist of, but are not limited to; basic husbandry, administering medication, halter training, general farm work and complying with farm bio-security policy.

This is the ideal opportunity for a driven and committed individual wanting to join a dynamic and growing farm of elite quality alpacas.

Applicant must have full driving licence and must be capable of operating all types of farm machinery.

Start would be immediate, but we are willing to wait for the right person.

Interested applicants can send a copy of their full CV to the following; info@houghtonhallalpacas.co.uk



6 October 2014

Celebrate Wool and Knitting Week 2014 with Alpacas

It’s World Wool and Knitting Week (6th-12th Oct)! So, we think it is the perfect time to promote the benefits of the lustrous, cosy and itch-free alpaca fibre. Now, we might be biased as we have been breeding these wonderful animals for more than 12 years at Houghton Hall Alpacas. But don’t just take our word for it, ask anyone that has worked with alpacas, there is a reason why the Incas called this fantastic fibre ‘The Gold of the Andes’. Alpaca fleece is incredibly versatile; from spinning and felting to being hypoallergenic, are you ready to find out more?

There are an estimated 3 million alpacas worldwide. Huacaya alpaca have a tight crimped and dense fleece that comes directly out of the skin and it will grow between 4 -5 inches a year. Suris’ produce approximately double this as their fleece is much longer and hangs down the body in loose, silky locks. There is a huge demand for alpaca fibre coming from the fashion industries of Italy, China and others as the must have fibre to replace cashmere; which has seen a significant reduction in quality due to attempts to make it more affordable and sustainable.

So what is it that is driving the need for the fleece? Alpaca fibre is incredibly useful and versatile making it an ideal material that is being applied in a multitude of industries. Alpaca fleece can be easily mixed or blended with other fibres from wool, to silk and even synthetics. It is exceptionally light weight, yet has excellent thermal properties making it very popular for winter clothing. Due to the structure of the alpaca fibres no pilling occurs in the wearing of the fabric, so it is incredibly durable. It is also second only to silk for natural fibres in strength, proof of these extraordinary properties are that archaeologists have recently discovered intact Inca tunics.

Why is it so versatile? The fantastic thing about alpaca fibre is that it is so unbelievably adaptable from clothing and wall hangings, to carpets and upholstery, and even housing insulation. The story doesn’t end there either as alpaca fleece is also put to good use as homes for birds and native wildlife, as well as used for it’s incredible property of absorbing oil; meaning that it has been utilised to aid in the clean up after environmental disasters.

Not only is it useful, but alpacas and their fleece are environmentally friendly. They have soft padded feet so don’t poach the ground, are incredibly efficient eaters, and do not produce lanolin like sheep or goats, which can cause an allergic reaction in some people. The lack of this oil product means that you don’t need high temperatures and harsh chemicals to process it. Similarly, with the fleece coming in over 20 officially recognised colours (and all those in between) there is no need to use dyes for those that are environmentally conscious. Even more fabulously, if you buy your yarn or fleece directly from a breeder the fibre can be traced straight back to the alpaca that produced it! What’s not to love about that?

So what are you waiting for? Get knitting, crocheting and felting!

Got any other ideas for how to use alpaca wool or tips for working with it? We’d love to hear about them through our social pages below…

For more information about Houghton Hall Alpacas and our elite herd please sign up for our newsletter here, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 750 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you. We welcome visits, but please call in advance.


25 September 2014

VIVA LA FRANCAIS! NEW HOME FOR SIX LUCKY ALPACA

Last week we said goodbye to three of our elite friendly ladies and their cria who have gone to start their new life in the South of France. Mick and Liz made the decision to drive there themselves in order to help ease the alpacas transition, as well as provide some vital support to the new owners. So, they all started their two long, long days of travelling in the early hours of Tuesday (16th Sep) morning, and arrived safely on Wednesday afternoon to the beautiful Pyrenees Orientales region. Houghton’s Thalia, Nigella , Harriet and cria have all settled in superbly. Their new owner is now hoping to start an alpaca farm breeding top quality light and white alpacas. They were really keen to start with some prestigious bloodlines and could think of no better alpaca than that of our award winning Stud Sire, Navigator. We suspect that there will be some great alpacas coming from this farm in the future.







For more information about importing or exporting alpacas in the UK and Europe visit our page here, get in touch via email or phone 01480 461510. With many years of experience importing and exporting for ourselves, and our customers we would be happy to help and organise for you.

Or for more information about Houghton Hall Alpacas and our elite herd please sign up for our newsletter here, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 750 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you. We welcome visits, but please call in advance.


10 September 2014

We can't quite believe we are in to September and Like many of you we are now at the end of our birthing season - phew! and what a bumper year we have had with over 200 cracking crias born in a variety of colours, we are delighted with the quality and can't wait to exhibit some of our 2014 crop in the Shows next year. We are busy getting ready for the winter and moving our animals to pastures new.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 800 alpacas in our herd, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you. We welcome visits, but please call in advance. Tel: 01480 461510 office/Mobile 07764469132


19 July 2014

Here we are well into our birthing season, with over 180 births so far and another 40 plus to give birth - we have been very busy. We are delighted with our stunning cria. Emmeline has joined us at Houghton Hall Alpacas and is busy getting more fabulous 'alpackages' ready to go on our website of pregnant Dams with cria at foot for sale.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 750 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you. We welcome visits, but please call in advance.


17 June 2014

SUPREME CHAMPION SURI - ROYAL DUCHESS - THREE COUNTIES SHOW

It was our Travatore progeny that once again did us proud at The Three Counties Show with another 1st, our stunning Royal Duchess scooping Supreme suri yet again. Our Navigator progeny were awarded 1st against a fabulous line up. This was our last show of the season and we are absolutely delighted with the results of our gorgeous show team. Our show team will be shorn this weekend. Our thanks go to each and every one of you that has been part of the organising of all the shows.

We have had a busy few days on the farm with eight cria born yesterday! bringing our total so far to 120! We will post some photos soon.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 750 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you.

1 June 2014

SUPREME CHAMPION HUACAYA - BATH AND WEST SHOW

Our Navigator progeny did us proud again at the Bath And West Show last week achieving a 1st against stiff competition. Travatore's progeny did it again! 1st place Suri progeny has been awarded to them at every show, a fabulous achievement! Our gorgeous junior Navigator daughter Houghton Majestic was given SUPREME CHAMPION, we are absolutely delighted.

Our last show of the season is The Three Counties, see you there.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 700 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you.

6 May 2014

Another fabulous weekend was had at the South of England Show, Ardingly. Thanks so much to Liz Butler and her team of helpers for putting on a lovely show. We are once again delighted that we were awarded 'DOUBLE SUPREME' with Houghton Damian, son of Navigator and Houghton Royal Duchess, a Travatore daughter. Travatore's and Navigator's progeny were also awarded 1st in the progeny class - A fabulous weekend. Once again Team Houghton are very happy.

Our next show is the Bath and West, we hope to see you there.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 700 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you.

30 April 2014

Wow, what a weekend! Thanks to the organisers of the Heart of England for another great show. We are absolutely delighted as we achieved DOUBLE SUPREME! Supreme Champion Huacaya with Houghton Bentley a Neptune son, Supreme Champion Suri with our gorgeous Travatore daughter Malibu, Travatore's progeny also were awarded 1st place again and we got Best of British Suri with Houghton Mystical Magic on her first show and to top it all we were awarded the Large Herd Award. A great weekend and Team Houghton are very happy.

Can you believe we are on the last day of April? We just need that sunshine back, We now have nine new additions to our herd and mighty fine they are looking too. We have some girls that are overdue, so are keeping a watchful eye on them.

We look forward to the South of England Show this weekend. See you there - oh yes, if you go onto the SEAS web site for the spring show, just look at who is advertising the Spring Alpaca Show !!!!

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 700 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you.

11th April 2014

What a busy few weeks we have had. We have now shorn most of our alpacas and they are full of the joys of spring. We are still eagerly awaiting the arrival of our first cria. Next show is the Heart of England, closely followed by the South of England, hope to see you there. Wishing you all a Happy Easter and look forward to catching up again very soon.

Our website is always a working progress. If you can't see what you are looking for, just give us a call, with over 700 alpacas, we are sure to have an 'alpackage' to suit you.


2nd April 2014

Another brilliant weekend was had by all at Houghton Hall Equestrian Centre, where our fabulous new show 'Alpaca Showtime' took place. We would like to thank all involved in helping to make the show a great success. Peter Kennedy from Australia was an outstanding judge. We were proud to come away with Supreme Suri, with our gorgeous Royal Duchess. Once again our Travatore progeny got the Champion Suri progeny. We would also like to thank all the Exhibitors, we really appreciated all your support. Don't forget to look at the stunning images that Lewis from Andy Fountain Photography took of your animals via their website www.everybodysmile.biz/andyfountainphotography/evnts/index.html

We are busy shearing now, may the sun keep on shining. Our first cria are now due, so exciting times ahead.

Next show is the Heart of England, closely followed by the South of England, hope to see you there.

20 March 2014




17 March 2014

We have had a fabulous weekend at The National Show in Telford. Our team did us proud achieving Supreme Champion Huacaya with our gorgeous male, Houghton Damian, who also achieved supreme fleece! Our stunning suri female Houghton Royal Duchess achieved Supreme Champion Suri. Our Travatore progeny achieved suri progeny light champions, are we chuffed? Yes we certainly are. Thanks to all our super team and to all the organisers involved for making the show a great success.

We look forward in seeing you at 'Alpaca Showtime' on the 29/30 March.

We have many alpacas on our sales list, not all have made the website yet. If you can't see what you are looking for, just call and we will happy to assist you in your alpaca search.


12 March 2014

The sun is shining, spring is in the air and it certainly makes you feel better, it's so nice not to have to wear wellingtons all the time! We are busy getting 'Team Houghton' ready for the National Show. We look forward to seeing you there.

We would like to thank all you lovely breeders who have registered their animals into our brand new show 'Alpaca Showtime' - your support is greatly appreciated. For more information please visit www.alpacashowtime.co.uk

We are looking forward to April, when our first cria are due, we have approximately 150 births to look forward to, that will keep us busy.

We have many alpacas on our sales list, not all have made the website yet. If you can't see what you are looking for, just call and we will happy to assist you in your alpaca search. Until next time.....


12 February 2014

A little update from happenings at Houghton Hall Alpacas. We have had great fun choosing our Show team for 2014, amongst the mud and wet! We are really excited about our new show 'Alpaca Showtime'. Online entries are open, thank you to those breeders who have registered their alpacas for the show, we really do appreciate your support. Keep those entries coming in. For more information please visit www.alpacashowtime.co.uk

We have many alpacas on our sales list, not all have made the website yet. If you can't see what you are looking for, just call and we will happy to assist you in your alpaca search.

8 January 2014


Wishing you all a fabulous 2014. We trust you all had a lovely Christmas and hope this awful wet weather is not causing you too many problems. Everywhere at Houghton Hall is a bit soggy, but not dampening our spirits, as we have so much to look forward to in 2014. We are looking forward to our new exciting show 'Alpaca Showtime ' - online entries are now open, we look forward to welcoming you to this new show. For more information please visit www.alpacashowtime.co.uk

We have many alpacas on our sales list, not all have made the website yet. If you can't see what you are looking for, just call and we will happy to assist you in your alpaca search.

10 December 2013

We are fast approaching Christmas and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy 2014. Our show plans are well underway, we look forward to welcoming you all to this new exciting show. Alpaca Showtime BAS online entries will be open early January. For more information please go to www.alpacashowtime.co.uk


1 November 2013

Another busy few months at Houghton Hall. We were privileged to hold the advanced alpaca course here at Houghton Hall Alpacas. Eight delegates were given expert advise and training from three experienced judges/ breeders over two days. A big thank you to everyone involved.

This weekend we attended the SWAG show at Clevedon, showing 35 of our finest alpacas. We had a fabulous show, winning many rosettes. We were also awarded supreme champion with our stunning suri girl Houghton Bessie, coming away with a beautiful trophy. Thanks to the organisers for a great show.

A note for your diary: 2014 - Alpaca Show time is a brand new exciting show, which we are organising along with Bozedown Alpacas and The Alpaca Stud, being held at Houghton Hall Equestrian and Alpaca centre - 29/30 March. Watch this space for more information.




31/08/13

We were delighted to be asked by the Heart of England Alpaca Group if they could visit our farm. Last Saturday we welcomed the group and had a lovely informal day showing them around our bespoke Alpaca Farm and Equestrian Centre. The weather was fairly kind to us, only a couple of little showers. It was fabulous all sharing our knowledge of alpacas over the course of the day. We would like to thank all of you that took the time out to visit us.

We are almost to the end of our birthing season and to date we have 115 young cria's running around the farm of all colours. We have some absolutely stunning cria, which we are really looking forward to showing. By the way - girls still rule! For more information on alpacas for sale, please contact Mick or Liz who will be delighted to assist you.

12 August 2013

Here we are almost half way through August and we are still busy with our births at Houghton Hall. Today we had our 100th cria born a stunning male. So far we have girl power on the cria front and are very pleased with the youngsters that we have produced thus far in a variety of colours. We are very much looking forward to our next show. For more information on alpacas for sale, please contact Mick or Liz who will be delighted to assist you.

24 July 2013
Well it has been some time since we have updated our latest news. Like many of you we have been immensely busy with our birthing's having some 85 crias born so far this year, with yet more to come. We are currently updating our website with some superior animals becoming available to purchase. Our latest addition to the website is a stunning grey girl - Houghton Selby with her beautiful dark grey female cria. For more information on Selby, please go to our sales list. We have many alpacas available for purchase that are not on the website, so if you don't see what you are looking for, please just give us a call Liz or Mick and we will be happy to assist you.

We would like to say how delighted we are that our new Royal Prince of Cambridge has been named George!

13 May 2013
We have had great success in the Show ring over the past few weeks, we were proud to support the NWAG Show, The Spring Alpaca Fiesta, The South of England and this weekend the BAS National Show. At the National we proudly came away with 12 Champion sashes and shields, four reserve champion sashes. A cup and sash was won for Supreme Champion Suri. We also achieved a first in Suri Dams progeny and Suri Sires Progeny. Our young handler Will Roberts got a well deserved first with Nell. We are chuffed to bits. A full list of the results will follow.

18 March 2013
Wow! What a fabulous weekend we had at The British Alpaca Futurity and Fibre Festival. Thank you to all involved in making it another huge success. Special thanks to the judges Amanda and Jill and the many overseas visitors. We were delighted with our many first place rosettes and champion and reserve Champion sashes Our beautiful Houghton Monica looked and behaved impeccably and won Champion suri white female and then was awarded the best suri of the show. 'Houghton Malibu' was given Reserve Champion suri. We also achieved Champion white male huacaya with our stunning Navigator male 'Houghton Perry' with 'Houghton Remington' achieving Reserve Champion. Another Champion sash was given to our light male suri. We will update you more this week with a full list of our results.

9 March 2013
Here we are into March and hoping the spring weather will peep out soon. It's all systems go at Houghton Hall and we are looking forward to our first show of the season 'The British Alpaca Futurity and Fibre Festival' next weekend at the NEC Birmingham. We hope to see you there. We have many exciting 'alpackages' to suit you, just call Liz or Mick find out more.

23 February 2013
Well here we are into February and still snowing at Houghton Hall! We hope 2013 has started off well for you. We are excited to be bringing a fabulous show team to The British Alpaca Futurity and Fibre Festival on March 15/16 at The NEC in Birmingham. Our auction girl Snow Flower is simply a stunning white female. she could be yours, take a look at her www.britishalpacafuturity.com We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event.

28 December 2012
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all an enjoyable festive season and hope 2013 brings you everything you are wishing for.

8th November:
A small selection of the many alpacas we have for sale are on our website. If you are unable to find what you are after, please just call us and we are sure we will have an 'alpackage' to suit your needs.

We have just returned from a fabulous trip to Australia, where we visited and met many alpaca breeders. We enjoyed the National Show in Adelaide and even purchased a couple more elite alpacas to enhance our herd even further. Thank you to all 'Down Under' for your great hospitality. Bendigo next year? Hope to see you there.
7th November
My what a busy year we have had, the weather is becoming colder & Christmas is just around the corner!
This year has been amazing time for Houghton Hall Alpacas, producing yet again 162 exceedingly beautiful Cria's.
Please feel free to contact us for more details.

19 September
We would like to announce that we have been invited by Purl Alpaca Designs to join them on TV (20 September), Channel 671, Create and Craft at 2pm. We are bringing along some of our beautiful show team to the event which will be presented by Anthea Turner. All in aid of 'Get Britain Crafting'.

12th September
We are coming to the end of our birthing season (phew) and currently have over 150 beautiful cria in a variety of colours pronking around the paddocks. If you would like to know more about keeping these beautiful animals or indeed are looking to enhance your herd with some outstanding genetics, give us a call. We would be delighted to assist you in any way we can. We have some exciting 'Alpackages' up for grabs, including females with stunning cria at foot. If you are just after some pets, we have some reasonably priced gelded males for sale in a variety of colours. Call to find out more information, you won't regret it.

31st August

Well today is officially the end of Summer and apparently the wettest for 100 years, we can certainly vouch for that!
We are happy to report that we now have 150 beautiful Cria’s & caring Mums, with a few more arrivals before the end of the Autumn. Check out our Cria photos.

10th August
We now have 122 beautiful Cria's, look out for these in the show ring!

16th July
We currently have 85 Cria births so far, with many more to come.Take a look at these beautiful 2012 arrivals under our "Cria Photo Gallery".

2nd June
We hope you are all enjoying your Jubilee Celebrations. Here's hoping the weather will improve.

We are really excited as our first ET cria are now being born. We will put pictures in our cria gallery for you to see.

11th May
We had a very busy weekend. We continued our 2nd batch of shearing - thankfully the weather stayed dry for most of it. On Saturday we attended the one day Newark & Notts show and came away with amazing results - 6 Champions and 2 Supreme Champions! We were so delighted that our elite team came up trumps. Thanks to all concerned for organising the show and making the day very enjoyable, even the sun was shining.

6th May
We attended the South of England Show and although the weather wasn't kind to us, we all kept in good spirits and a great show was put on. We purchased three stunning alpacas at the show. The first two, we spotted as they were arriving and thought 'we must have them'. They are mother and daughter, both black, bred by Robert at Moorfield Alpacas. Both went onto win their class and the Junior Nell, got champion! The third was a super young white male from Bozedown Alpacas, we are sure will do us proud and bring new bloodlines into our herd.

We recently attend the Spring Alpaca Fiesta in the Heart of England Show - 28th 29th April, again we came away with very pleasing results:-

We had a very pleasing spring show at The Hand Equestrian Centre last weekend, winning an impressive 11 1st places including 2 champions and 5 reserve champions - proving that our genetics are second to none.

We had a very enjoyable show and met many breeders including some from overseas.

Our sire's suri progeny came 1st (storm). In the huacaya's progeny we achieved a 2nd (Neptune), 3rd (Navigator) and 4th again Neptune. Our stud sire's did us proud again.

We also achieved first places in the following halter classes - Junior male - White & Fawn, Junior female - White and Beige, Intermediate Male Black and Fawn to name a few. See below our latest show results:-

South West Group Spring Show (SAS) – 14 April 2012

Huacaya Junior Female White

1st Houghton Gabby (UKBAS18681) Sire: Cambridge Navigator of ACC (Imp) (UKBAS09694)Dam: Gabriel of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS04274)
5th Houghton Angelina (UKBAS19104) Sire: Cambridge Navigator of ACC (Imp) (UKBAS09694)Dam: Houghton Angelica (UKBAS08929)
6th Houghton Diane (UKBAS18837) Sire: Cambridge Navigator of ACC (Imp) (UKBAS09694)Dam: Diamond of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS05431

Huacaya Junior Female White

4th Houghton Modesty (UKBAS18734) Sire: Cambridge Navigator of ACC (Imp) (UKBAS09694)Dam: Mistico of Houghton (Import) (UKBCL15331)
5th Houghton Mitzi (UKBAS18771) Sire: Cambridge Navigator of ACC (Imp) (UKBAS09694)Dam: Mistral of Houghton (Import) (UKBCL15333)

Huacaya Junior Female Beige

1st Houghton Hema (UKBAS19100) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Hemlock of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS04277)
3rd Houghton Summer Pudding (UKBAS18835) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)
Dam: Houghton Pudding (UKBAS12186)

Huacaya Junior Female Fawn

2nd Houghton Rock Rochelle (UKBAS18846) Sire: Cambridge Navigator of ACC (Imp) (UKBAS09694)
Dam: Rock Star of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS05522)
4th Houghton Brigitta (UKBAS18683) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Brittania of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS05931)

Huacaya Junior Female Grey

3rd Houghton Selby (UKBAS18669) Sire: Blue Circus of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS05525)
Dam: Sophia Rose of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS05524)

Huacaya Junior Female - Black

4th Houghton Missy Poppins (UKBAS18736) Sire: Inca Balboa (UKBAS08922)Dam: Houghton Mary Poppins (UKBAS08758)
5th Houghton Suzette (UKBAS18719) Sire: Inca Balboa (UKBAS08922)Dam: Houghton Suki (UKBAS12127)

Suri Junior Female Beige

1st Houghton Maliha (UKBAS18712) Sire: ACC Suri Storm (UKBAS06166)Dam: Pinjarra Malynda of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08586)

Huacaya Junior Male White

1st Houghton Remington (UKBAS19202) Sire: Cambridge Navigator of ACC (Imp) (UKBAS09694)Dam: Cambridge Lady Remarque (UKBAS19158)
2nd Houghton Lancelot (UKBAS18680) Sire: Cambridge Navigator of ACC (Imp) (UKBAS09694)Dam: Lolita of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS04279)
5th Houghton Montgomery (UKBAS18727) Sire: Cambridge Navigator of ACC (Imp) (UKBAS09694)Dam: Maytime of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS05933)

Huacaya Junior Male Beige

3rd Houghton Lincoln (UKBAS18773) Sire: Cambridge Navigator of ACC (Imp) (UKBAS09694)Dam: Lacquer of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08559)

Huacaya Junior Male - Fawn

1st Houghton Tequila (UKBAS18728) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Timara of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08571)

Huacaya Junior Male - Brown

1st Houghton Celtic Lorne (UKBAS18769) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Celtic Lass of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08579)
3rd Houghton Mumford (UKBAS18720) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Fleur de Lys Mystique of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS10099)
4th Houghton Laurian (UKBAS18682) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Houghton Black Laurel (UKBAS08766)

Huacaya Junior Male - Grey

5th Houghton Logan (UKBAS18842) Sire: Blue Circus of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS05525)Dam: East Trayne Lucy (UKGTFBAS00006)

Suri Junior Male Beige

1st Houghton Porter (UKBAS18735) Sire: ACC Suri Storm (UKBAS06166)Dam: Surilana Prestige of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS12687)

Huacaya Intermediate Female Beige

2nd Houghton Aimee (UKBAS18830) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Houghton Abella (UKBAS12143)
3rd Houghton Cerian (UKBAS16318) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Houghton Carra (UKBAS08730)

Huacaya Intermediate Female - Fawn

3rd Houghton Charlotte (UKBAS18831) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Callie of Collingwood (Import) (UKBAS02210)

Huacaya Intermediate Female - Black

3rd Houghton Honesty (UKBAS16323) Sire: Lillyfield Jack of Spades of Inca (Imp) (UKBAS08468)Dam: Blueberry Centurian Holly (UKBAS07546)

Suri Intermediate Female - White

4th Houghton Monica (UKBAS18834) Sire: ACC Suri Storm (UKBAS06166)Dam: Moonshine of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS12686)
5th Houghton Passion Flower (UKBAS18710) Sire: ACC Suri Storm (UKBAS06166)Dam: Pinjarra Tall Poppy ET of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08592)

Huacaya Intermediate Male - Fawn

1st Houghton Ambrose (UKBAS16801) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Houghton Amber (UKBAS07047)

Huacaya Intermediate Male - Brown

5th Houghton Jones (UKBAS18166) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575) Dam: Jubilee of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08570)

Huacaya Intermediate Male - Grey

2nd Houghton Royal Prince (UKBAS16306) Sire: Salvador of Houghton (Import) (UKBCL15338)Dam: Royal Peach of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08583)

Huacaya Intermediate Male - Black

1st Houghton Major (UKBAS18170) Sire: ATA Cambridge Centurion (UKBAS04308)Houghton Dam: Houghton Masquerade (UKBAS08761)

Huacaya Adult Female - Fawn

1st Houghton Magenta (UKBAS12150) Sire: Devante of Houghton (Import) (UKBCL15339)Dam: Rock Star of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS05522)
2nd Houghton Beatrix (UKBAS13114) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Brianna of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS04269)

Huacaya Adult Male - Fawn

2nd Houghton Tyrone (UKBAS13827) Sire: Houghton Samson (UKBAS03501)Dam: Houghton Talia (UKBAS06739)

Huacaya 2 progeny from one Dam

1st Rock Star of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS05522) Sire: Australian Male (AUST.M) Dam: Australian Female (AUST.F)

Huacaya Champion White Male

R Houghton Remington (UKBAS19202) Sire: Cambridge Navigator of ACC (Imp) (UKBAS09694)Dam: Cambridge Lady Remarque (UKBAS19158)

Huacaya Champion Beige Female

R Houghton Hema (UKBAS19100) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Hemlock of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS04277)

Suri Champion Beige Female

C Houghton Maliha (UKBAS18712) Sire: ACC Suri Storm (UKBAS06166)Dam: Pinjarra Malynda of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08586)

Suri Champion Beige Male

R Houghton Porter (UKBAS18735) Sire: ACC Suri Storm (UKBAS06166)Dam: Surilana Prestige of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS12687)

Huacaya Champion Fawn Female

R Houghton Magenta (UKBAS12150) Sire: Devante of Houghton (Import) (UKBCL15339)Dam: Rock Star of Houghton (Import) (UKBAS05522)

Huacaya Champion Fawn Male

C Houghton Ambrose (UKBAS16801) Sire: Neptune of Houghton (Imp) (UKBAS08575)Dam: Houghton Amber (UKBAS07047)



If we can be of any further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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2nd April

We are happy to introduce to you our new born 2012 Cria's to Houghton Hall.

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22nd March

Well our 2012 shearing began last week and what and ideal week it was, with such beautiful weather!

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We are still updating our website and have many exciting opportunities for you to purchase some outstanding alpacas from us. If you can't see what you are looking for, just let us know as we have many animals for sale who have not made the website yet! We are sure to have an 'Alpackage' to suit your needs with over 500 alpacas in our herd. Visitors always welcome.

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The British Alpaca Futurity - 16 & 17 March 2012 - NEC - What a fabulous show!

We were proud Gold Sponsors of this prestigious event. We would like to express our thanks to all involved in making this such a great show.

We were delighted with our show team, who once again did us proud, picking up a very respectable 37 ribbons, 11 of which were first place, two champions and five reserve champions!

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We are a premium, independent alpaca farm, breeding high quality alpacas. We have consistent excellent show successes and are now offering a small selection of our exceptional alpaca stock for sale.

• SUPREME CHAMPION PROGENY
• PREGNANT FEMALES with CRIA AT FOOT
• POTENTIAL STUD MALES
• PET BOYS

We have an ‘alpackage’ to suit your needs

Becoming our client gives you access to one of the largest selection of proven alpaca stud males in the UK – Our boys really will improve the genetics of your herd!

Also…


Our young males are growing out nicely - watch out for more information on the new 'Studs' on the block.


Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information. We look forward to welcoming you to our alpaca farm.

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