We are very pleased to welcome you to the new sites of Unique
Alpacas. We are proud to be starting our breeding work with
very fine animals from Chile. They
arrived to Finland by mid September of 2004 and we were really excited to finally get them home.
goals are set fairly high from the very start: we want to
breed true-to-type, pure-bred huacaya alpacas in rich uniform
colours and correct conformation along with the finest and
densest of fleece. Surely not easily done but when starting
off with good genetics it should by no means be impossible.
The secret is not in the quantity but in quality, we believe.
In April 2004, we visited the beautiful Chilean countryside to choose our future breeding
stock. We were able to witness how professional ARI
screeners inspected a total of 108 wonderful animals of which
99 % passed with flying colours. Even the screeners were amazed
by the uniform structure and phenotype of the alpacas
and were particularly surprised by the incredible fibre that almost
all inspected alpacas had! After the screening was completed,
we were able to hand-pick the animals we wanted and this enabled
us to choose a unique palette of colours for our long awaited
alpacas. Our new friends are registered in the German AZVD registry, DNA
screened and also their fibres are tested. The whole week
in Chile was a once-in-a-lifetime intensive course in alpaca
breeding and certainly an experience never to forget.
Unique Coma Cobriza
February 2004, together with Mrs Sanna Hurttia-Lintula, we also
participated a one-day alpaca course at Syke House in Cumbria,
England, where the international show judge and breeder Amanda
Vandenbosch (Flying Dutchman Alpacas, USA) taught us
to recognize the correct alpaca phenotype and fibre. We made
great new friends during our weekend trip and enjoyed Mrs
Pat Bentley’s hospitality a lot, spiced with really inspiring
discussions with other enthusiasts. To make the training trip
simply perfect, we also had the opportunity to meet some professional
and esteemed breeders like Mr Mike Coghlan of Blenheim Alpacas
in Oxfordshire (who is also a judge) as well as David and
Annabel Barnett of Purston Alpacas in Brackley. Thank you
all for your wonderful care and kindness during our visit,
we will be sure to stay in touch!
March 2006, we took part in the BAS judge training course (level
1) held at the Alpaca Training Centre at Langaton Farm in
Devon. The course was lots of fun but also extremely useful,
with Nick Harrington-Smith and Liz Barlow as teachers. We
learned immensely and also made some new friends along the way.
All in all, this was a great experience for us: driving
through the beautiful English countryside, staying in a 16th
century farmhouse and being able to talk "alpaca"
for many days in a row. Thanks to everyone who made our stay a
truly unforgettable weekend!
November 2006, we continued to source for deeper knowledge in
alpacas by attending the judge training course (level 2) at
Langaton and in June 2007 we found out that we passed the
course with a recommendation to continue to the final level 3. This course was certainly much more demanding,
particularly for a non-native English speaker, as we were
required to place alpacas within many groups and give oral
reasons on their qualities and our placements. In addition, we
dove into heaps of different kinds of fleeces in order to
learn to grade them. The teachers (Nick Harrington-Smith, Val
Fullerlove and Amanda Vandenbosch) did not let us off easily,
thanks a million for that!
is a new association for alpaca breeders: Alpaca
Breeders of Finland. It will organize training and other
events on a regular basis to help local breeders network, as
well as learn more about alpacas and their care. The
association will also provide a marketing tool for all its
members. With some of the members, we organized a trip in May
2007 to see Europe's largest alpaca show, the BAS Nationals in
Newark. We had a wonderful opportunity to visit some farms
like Bozedown and Livanti Alpacas (below with judge and
breeder Liz Barlow) in addition to Farrlacey Alpacas who also
run a specialized spinning mill. A warm thanks is extended to
our hosts on this wonderfully education but certainly fun trip.
will surely continue pursuing connections on a regular basis with other
alpaca breeders outside Finland and we have already
established some relationships to breeders in Sweden, Germany,
USA and the UK. For us, this gives an extra flavour to
our interest in these magnificent creatures. We are also convinced
that keeping up a continuous dialogue outside the Finnish
borders and sharing information will inevitably benefit not
only us as people but also the alpacas.
do not hesitate to contact us if you have queries, comments
or just to say hello!