Redefining what is possible for the Alpaca Industry
Our commitment to quality
Millpaca Stud is a proud member of the Australian Alpaca Association and we’re committed to helping ensure the long-term viability of the domestic alpaca industry.
The success of our industry depends on producers being able to achieve premium prices associated with the highest quality fleece. That’s why we have placed such a high emphasis on genetics.
Our breeding program is focused on improving the lineage of Huacaya alpacas in Australia, as the future sustainability and growth of the alpaca fleece market here are dependent upon delivering excellence with guaranteed supply. That means being able to produce a consistent level of fine fleece (below 20 microns) that is of consistently high volume (4 kilos plus per animal) and a lower standard deviation.
We have over 5000 alpacas at any given time and continue to add top sires and dams to our program as we breed and procure them, ensuring Millpaca remains at the forefront of the alpaca stud breeding industry in Australia.
Our Choice of Sires & Dams
Millpaca have the luxury of having on hand access to some of the finest alpacas in the country. We concentrate on breeding White, Light Fawn & Black animals and have sourced in the past from some of the top breeders in the country.
The Golden Fibre
With careful breeding, many of Millpaca’s stud animals are achieving superfine (20 microns and below) fleece. This much sort after clip is always snapped up at premium prices that show a healthy margin.
But what about the rest of our commercial herd? Currently, we have over 5000 animals grazing over our three farms. Many of these are held for fibre and meat production and some do not have high-value fleece. The challenge of finding a ready and reliable market for this part of the clip can make or break a business. There is a market for this higher micron fleece, so shearing costs are recovered. Manufacturers use our fibre for the production of a large range of alpaca garments. We also manufacture our own range of premium quality blankets and knitting yarn under the Millpaca brand.
Whole animal philosophy.
Not only does using the whole animal make philosophical sense, it makes sound economic sense too.
Increasing yield is fundamental to farming success. We have found markets for almost every part of the alpaca and therefore have found ways to make every alpaca valuable.
Our meat business is going from strength to strength and we have recently invested in our own abattoir facilities at Milton on the NSW South Coast. This purchase ensures we can not only meet the needs of the local and wider Australian market but also our growing international markets.
We have also begun processing skins and hides. Keep an eye out for our luxurious Alpaca hide rugs and a range of supple leather goods.
Who said they would never eat it?
Our alpaca prime cuts have enjoyed success in quality restaurants around the country. Racks, tenderloin, backstrap, rumps and shoulders are all in demand.
Hamburger patties, gourmet sausages, pies and kofta sticks are all going gangbusters at pub bistros and cafe’s, as are slow-cooked shanks and neck rosettes.
We are currently expanding our range of smallgoods and cured meats. Alpaca prosciutto has to be tasted to be believed as does the chorizo & salami. Alpaca jerky is delicious! Or Alpaca Paté? Even Asian-style Steamed Buns, full of braised shoulder meat.
We are continuing our training program with our TAFE Masterclasses that teach tomorrows chefs the benefits of this wonderful meat.
All up last year we shipped over 50,000kg of Alpaca. This gives us huge faith in the long-term viability of not only the alpaca meat industry but also the long-term viability of Alpaca farming in Australia.
Never has the industry looks so good, in the last two decades Australia is providing and is recognised, worldwide for its genetics and fibre.
The PhD study in conjunction with RIDIC & Sydney University has been expanded for two years and continues with scientific proof of the acceptance and sustainability of the alpaca meat industry.