OUR HERD We started our Nero Black Alpaca herd in 2006 with five animals.

Our herd

To visit us and view our beautiful herd, please email us or call Paul on 07984 458869

How it all began

Love at first sight ~ and our lives changes forever!

We were at the Northumberland County Show in 2002 when Kathryn came running down the busy aisle exclaiming – "Paul! Paul! You’ve got to come and look at these”! The rest, as they say, is history.

A chap had a small pen of white alpacas and for Kathryn it was love at first sight. We immediately sought to start a small herd, however I found the market to be pretty immature at that stage. There were very few other herds in the area and our local vets had little experience of camelids.

Undeterred, Kathryn continued to research keeping alpacas, and four years later, all my “objections” had been answered. Not only that, but Kathryn had now bought into to the idea of starting a small breeding herd ... not just pets! In October 2006, we took delivery of 3 pregnant females and 2 companion males, and Nero Black Alpaca was born.

Without doubt, that brief encounter in 2002, has changed our lives – for the better of course. Kathryn chose to breed black huacayas – not just because she thought they looked best – but fundamentally they had most scope for improvement in breeding quality. The numbers of blacks at shows are increasing, but we’ve had a good share of winners and champions – feeding our competitive tendencies of course! Also, the value of darker coloured alpacas seems to be holding up better than the more common lighter colours in these tough economic times.

Kathryn has always insisted that we continue to source the top genetics to develop our herd, and we regularly sell to keep our numbers manageable and fun.

Careful expansion of the herd

Coupled with more land and facilities.

Having sold Nero Black Ice in 2015 as he was so closely related to many of our top females, we now have four exceptional stud males who we use selectively together with top outside options.

Our latest purchase, Houghton Cosmic, shown on the left, clearly shows huge potential, and we intend to start him working within our own herd at first and then offer outside matings in 2017.

We currently have 22 alpacas with 6 “in the oven”. Owing to an incredible bias of males born over the last 2 year, we have been buying carefully selected young females over the past year, so that we now have 12 planned matings in 2016.

These acquisitions also form part of our plans to carefully expand the herd since buying our own land in 2014. Our new American barn was erected in the spring of 2016, and once we sell Fairshaw Rigg, we have planning permission to move into a Log cabin on the same land.

Recent pictures of our herd

Why not stop by and see for yourself how captivating they are!

Growth of our Alpaca knitwear business

Inspired by our first shearing ~ our alpaca fashion business was born!

As our herd was sheared for the first time in 2007, Kathryn decided to produce knitwear from their fibre. With the help of a grant to commission exclusive designs from a Hexham-based knitwear designer, we recruited knitters from the local area and in short order 'Wear Alpaca' was created. Since then, it has since gone from strength to strength. Check out our latest fashions and accessories at www.wear-alpaca.co.uk

Whereas most other alpaca knitwear has a traditional ‘country’ look, our garments offer a more contemporary feel and are all in keeping with today’s trends, yet offer a vintage look. This makes Wear Alpaca knitwear distinctive and unique.

Our award winning herd

The herd's track record speaks for itself.

2015
  • Nero Black Reddington wins 1st Junior Male in his class at the Nationals plus 1st Junior and Reserve Black Male Champion at Northumberland
  • Nero Black Bamboo wins 3rd in his classes at the Nationals (Junior) and Showtime (Intermediate) and 1st Intermediate and Reserve Fawn Male Champion at Yorkshire
  • Nero Black Guinness wins 1st Junior Black Male and Reserve Champion at Yorkshire – Oolala, bought as a junior from Little Eskrigg takes 1st Intermediate Female and Black Champion at the same show.

2014

Nero Black Shadow wins:

  • 2014/03 National Show Huacaya Intermediate Male - Black 1st
  • 2014/03 National Show Huacaya Champion Black Male Reserve
  • 2014/03 Alpaca Showtime Intermediate Male Black 1st
  • 2014/03 Alpaca Showtime Champion Male Black
  • 2014/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Intermediate Male - Black 1st
  • 2014/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Champion Black Male

Nero Black Galaxy wins:

  • 2014/03 Alpaca Showtime 2014 2 Progeny By One Dam 2nd
  • 2014/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship 2 Progeny By One Dam 1st

Nero Black Ice wins:

  • 2014/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Adult Male - Black 1st
  • 2014/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Champion Black Male Reserve

Nero Black Diamond wins:

  • 2014/03 National Show Huacaya Intermediate Female - Black 2nd
  • 2014/03 Alpaca Showtime Intermediate Female Black 2nd
  • 2014/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Intermediate Female - 1st
  • 2014/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Champion Black Female Reserve

Nero Black Truffle wins:

  • 2014/03 National Show Junior Female - Black 3rd
  • 2014/03 Alpaca Showtime Junior Female black 2nd
  • 2014/03 Alpaca Showtime Champion Female Black Reserve
  • 2014/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Junior Female - Black 1st
  • 2014/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Champion Black Female

Nero Black Graduate wins:

  • 2014/03 National Show Huacaya Junior Male - Black 5th
  • 2014/03 Alpaca Showtime Junior Male Black 3rd

2013

Nero Black Shadow wins:

  • 2013/03 Futurity Huacaya Junior Male - Black 3rd
  • 2013/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Best British Bred Huacaya
  • 2013/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Huacaya Junior Male - Black 1st
  • 2013/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Huacaya Champion Black Male
  • 2013/05 Northumberland Huacaya Junior Male - Black 2nd
  • 2013/09 Westmorland County Show Huacaya Intermediate Male - Black 1st
  • 2013/09 Westmorland County Show Huacaya Champion Black Male
  • 2013/10 Yorkshire Alpaca Group Show Huacaya Champion Black Male Reserve
  • 2013/10 Yorkshire Alpaca Group Show Huacaya Intermediate Male - Black 1st

Nero Black Diamond wins:

  • 2013/03 Futurity Huacaya Junior Female (A) - Black 4th
  • 2013/04 NWAG Alpaca Championship Huacaya Junior Female - Black 3rd
  • 2013/05 Northumberland Huacaya Junior Female - Black 2nd
  • 2013/09 Westmorland County Show Huacaya Intermediate Female - Black 1st
  • 2013/09 Westmorland County Show Huacaya Champion Black Female
  • 2013/10 Yorkshire Alpaca Group Show Huacaya Intermediate Female - Black 1st
  • 2013/10 Yorkshire Alpaca Group Show Huacaya Champion Black Female

Nero Black Rose wins:

  • 2013/03 Futurity Huacaya Intermediate Female - Black 2nd

Nero Black Betty wins:

  • Northumberland Show 2013 – Junior Black Female 1st

We're proud of our black award winning high quality alpaca herd ...

We continually source top genetics to enhance its excellence.