Our farm is located in Belgium, in the heart of Europe, which gives us a key position for international trade. Our alpacas come from the greatest lines out of countries such as Australia, America and Peru.
Our 10 years of genetic selection fine-tuned our expertise and allow us not only to place our alpacas in the best places in national and international competitions, but also to supply our spinning mill with exceptional fleeces.
Do you want to meet alpacas and understand who they are?
How and why do we breed them? Do you plan to acquire some? Do you want to understand how knitting yarn is made?
We really enjoy making you discover our innovative concept bringing together alpaca breeding and fiber spinning. Come and discover the path from animal's selection to final product...
Make your dream come true and immerse yourself in our alpaca breeder everyday life.
Alpagas du Maquis offers you the chance to discover, from the inside, our elite alpaca herd.
Become a keeper for a day and enjoy the wonderful and magical alpaca’s world.
A funny intimate day with those adorable creatures and their passionate breeders.
We are alpaca breeders since 2011, shearers and spinners since 2014. We are also taking part to many international and national shows making us very experienced breeders in every way.
We love sharing our experience in such an unknown, innovative and challenging animal farming. For that matter, we organize intensive half a day courses during which we are focussing on you and your questions.
If you want to acquire alpacas from our lineage to create or strengthen your own breeding program, we will be happy to welcome you to discuss your requirements.
Here are some useful information to help you determine your priorities.
Beforehand, you must determine the purpose of an alpaca purchase: Pet alpacas? Wool work? Breeding farm?
One important thing to consider is that they are herd animals. It is necessary to keep the males and females separately and you must always have at least 2 animals of the same sex together.
If you do not have the ability to separate them, you can start with 2 females and use a stud service.
Depending on what you want to do, you will be looking for very different animals. First, make sure that the animal is healthy, ask for its health records, check the facilities and be sure to know where he comes from. If you are satisfied with the information given and if the animal has been well cared for, it is already a good start.
About pets, the range of quality can be wide and it is important not to buy someone else's problem, especially at the beginning. You will make decisions on color, on how animals are kept and you will probably choose to take only males in order to reduce costs but in the end, you will buy your favorite!
In the case of a breeding farm, we suggest you buy the highest quality you can afford! It is better to purchase two high quality females instead of 3 or 4 average ones. Try also to get a reasonable selection through known and proven genetic.
Ha, but what does "quality" mean? For some, it means "a famous genitor", for others it means "low SD" or "grey colored", etc. You must set your own criterias.
That is the most important part!
You should, as with any animal, be well advised and well informed for a good start. Take time to visit us, we are happy to share our experience and will guide you according to your breeding goal.
We are at your service by phone or email. For any question, information or suggestion, please contact us!
We are organizing visits of the farm but only by appointment as we want to take time to welcome you and discuss themes of your interest. Click here for more information about our tours
We are looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you ...
Renowned lines males at stud for your females !
Find here the list of our Males available :
Born on July 6th 2009
Prometheus est un mâle brun exceptionnel, il est très fier et d'une excellente conformation. Par son uniformité de couleur et par le style de sa tête, il reprend les grands traits de son illustre père CME Tulaco Centurion mais avec une toison...
Born on September 13rd 2011
Flyte is the culmination of careful selective breeding to come up with a male that is phenotypically outstanding and over the last few years has proven to be genotypically potent. Flyte had great success at the shows where he won a total of 3 championships, one reserve championship and 8...
Born on June 8th 2014
Ce très bel étalon blanc provient de formidables lignées. en plus d'être fils de Gilt Edge Tor de Force et petit-fils de Silverstream Czar, on retrouve dans sa généalogie tous les grands noms comme Jolimont Attitude, Camelot Tor, Shanbrooke...
We reserve our shearing service for the owners of alpacas coming from our farm.
Eric's training to become an alpaca shearer was delivered over two seasons: 2013 and 2014. He was trained by a professional alpaca shearer, Colin Ottery, who came from England especially for us.
We are very strict with the selection of the different parts of the fleece. It brings a much better knitting yarn, very regular and much softer.
The alpaca shearing has to be performed once a year, usually during spring.
In order to shear them, the following conditions must be met:
alpacas must be perfectly dry
alpacas must be kept in a quiet and ventilated place, so they can be calm before the shearing begins
we recommend you to remove debris from fleeces like straw or hay
make sure you have a clean, well lit and dry shearing place with good light of minimum 5m long and 3m wide (or outdoor in the shadow depending on weather conditions)
the chosen location will be free of access, without steps, without obstacle and next to the alpacas location, in the shade
there should be 2 persons during all the shearing time: one person with a broom and a few large bags to collect the wool gradually and one person for alpacas handling
we need an electrical outlet
From 1 to 3 alpacas : minimum package 120 € excluding VAT
From 4 alpacas: 35 € /animal excluding VAT
Travel costs: 0.50 € /km exVAT from Montleban
Shearing of alpacas from other breeders only on demand of a quote
If the blade used for shearing had to be replaced due to bad fleece conditions ( eg: sand in the fiber ), a supplement of 7 € exVAT/per blades will be charged.
After several setbacks, we must now put in place a fixed compensation of 75 € exVAT plus travel expenses if the conditions listed above were not respected and if we had to return without being able to perform the shearing.
If you don't have the space required for shearing, we can provide an arbour at an additional price of 18 € exVAT.
(set up, break down and drying )
Are your alpacas high quality fiber producers?
Industrial mills are not interested in processing your fleeces ?
Come and increase the value of your fleeces at Alpagas du Maquis ! Each and every fleece can be processed into a high quality knitting yarn thanks to our Mini Mills factory. We can process each batch, fleece by fleece. This guarantees a perfect traceability as you beneficiate from your own animals yarn.
We work rigorously to offer you the best service and support. We will gladly share our experience with you and remain at your service for any queries.
You have to sort out your fleece during the shearing. Only bag the best part ( the sadle) to optimise the performance and the quality of your yarn. Ideally you should clear your fiber from all plant residues and other. The bill is based on the weight of the fleece when we receive it so the cleaner they are, the lower the bill !
Should a fleece be too dirty, we reserve the right to refuse it partially or totally. In the case of moth invasion, the fleece will be returned to you at your own cost.
Our material and detergent is perfectly adapted for the care of your fleece in order to produce the best final product. Please do not wash or treat with any detergents.
If possible, get rid of shorter trims, usually coming from a second cut. This could increase the bill as well as create bobbles on your yarn.
In conclusion, the more you care for your fleece during shearing; the cheaper the bill and the prettier your yarn will be !
Make sure you identify your bags correctly !
You can drop your fleece at the Maquis or send them to us by post. Make sure you notify us by email of by phone so that we can track your parcel.
A 50 % deposit will be required before we start processing your fiber. The final payment will have to be paid when your item is ready for pick up or before we send you your parcel. Please note that shipping fees will be at your own cost.
We will notify you as soon as your order is ready. Sould your items remain unpaid and/or uncollected, they will then become the property of alpagas du Maquis.
We take great care of your fleece and do our best to limit loss during the process. However, 30 - 35 % of the initial weight is usually lost depending on the state, quality, lenght, strenght, cleanliness, size and uniformity of the fleece.
If your fiber is brittle, we will notify you as soon as we notice it so that we can decide together what to do next. Your fiber can be brittle for many reasons: malnutrition, stress, disease, lack of vitamins and old or humid fleece. We usually take notice rapidly but sometimes, it takes a little longer.
The usual deadline is up to 6 months after reception of your deposit. Various external factors disrupt the productivity of our spinning mill though we do our best to reduce the deadline. Should the deadline be extended, we would not be held accountable.
Guide list for needle size by yarn Lace: aiguilles n°1 - 2 Super fin: aiguilles n° 2 - 2.5 Sport: aiguilles n° 2.5 - 3 Classique: aiguilles n° 3 - 4 Aran: aiguilles n° 4 - 5.5
Alpagas du Maquis is the Belgian stockist for camelids dietary supplements coming from GWF Nutrition.
Camelibra NG-2 is a high specific complementary feed balancer for all camelids. It has been carefully designed to provide the correct nutritional balance necessary to maintain healthy digestion and productivity from natural forage/fibre based diets.
Price pick up in Montleban : 42 € / 20 kg bag VAT included
To feed all year long, 1g per day per kilo liveweight. For example 60g per day for an adult alpaca of 60kg so 0,11€ a day, so 40€ a year.
Fibregest is the perfect “super soluble fibre feed” for all alpacas, llamas and camels. Derived from a blend of micronized (sugar) beet pulp, hemp seed and lean black oats, Fibregest is also fortified with seaweed meal, chelated minerals and Oatinol to ensure optimum health benefits.
Price pick up in Montleban : 29 € / 20 kg bag VAT included
Feed according to the nutritional needs of your animals, depending on the season, availability in food resources, lactation, etc. From 50 to 200g per day per alpaca.
Hembra & cria is a unique, high specification complementary feed for both Hembra and cria; specifically designed to maximize the growth and development of the newborn from birth to post weaning..
Price pick up in Montleban : 60 € / 20 kg bag VAT included
Hembra & cria should be fed to all lactating mothers and young cria from around 6 weeks of age.
100g /day per mother et 50g /day per cria.