Cria - April 2010

Eight month old weanlings

Nutmeg - Reserve Champion

Zarley's fleece

We first became interested in Alpacas at the Southern Region show and sale in Goulburn in 2005. By September we had our first 4 Alpacas, two females and their crias.

The allure of these enchanting animals soon took a stranglehold and our herd quickly grew. The rapid increase in numbers, and drought conditions meant we were soon short of room and feed on our 5 acre property on the edge of Goulburn. Even though we had only moved into a new home in 2004 we realised that we would need much more land to follow our new passion.

After an extensive search for a new property we bought 117 acres of land in Parkesbourne, 18km out of Goulburn, in 2006 and started the building process again.

We moved into our new home, Accapacca Lodge, in August 2007. The house was finished but nothing else was. All we started with was the boundary fence. Since then we have been rather busy constructing yards, shelter sheds, gardens (minimal) and about 8km of internal fences. We are not finished, but do have a reasonably good set up.

During that time, less than 5 years, we have grown to now have about 130 animals, with a further 25 on agistment. Connie has also taken a liking to the coloured Suri and in 2009 started her small herd of coloured Suris.

In 2006 Jim joined the AAA NSW Southern Region committee. He has also completed the steward’s course and regularly assists at shows.

We do a bit of showing and have been fortunate enough to win ribbons at most shows we have attended. We have Alpacas of all colours and have started to process our fleeces for hand made garments, with Connie and her mum (Nancy) doing the carding, spinning and knitting.

Our future is well and truly tied to Alpacas.

Jim & Connie Styles