Events and News
There is alot of activity in the alpaca industry in Queensland, see videos.
- ABC Rural News http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-01-11/alpaca-industry-seeking-to-double-australian-herd-numbers/9310518
- ABC Country Rural Hour, 8 January 2018, by Jennifer Nicholls - from 16:01
- Building the Australian herd
- A smart future
We are open on weekends and public holidays 1.00pm - 5.00pm. Other times by appointment.
- Saturday & Sunday 6-7 May 2017, Australian Alpaca Weekend (We will be open 6-13 May 2017, 1.00pm - 5.00pm each day.)
- Saturday 4 February 2017. The new stud males arrived, a huacaya and two suris, Tambo Downs Hoosier, Suriuki StariQ, and Shahrizai Life In The Fast Lane.
- Launch Kin Kin Alpaca for Kin Kin breeders
- Launch Noosa Alpaca for retail
- Saturday & Sunday 4-5 February 2017, Paul Vallely workshop at Kin Kin Community Hall with KKA Affiliates
- Zero wild dog attacks since the arrival of the maremmas in October 2015
- December - very hot weather. Alpacas and dogs use the spring dam regularly
- August - October, paralysis tick plague, lose 3 crias and 1 adult
- Shearing day at Broadmeadows, Sunday 28 August 2016
- August - Princess takes her first step and learns to walk again
- July - reclaimed one of Miley's maremma pups, Princess, at the Sunshine Coast Vets, Pomona. She was very ill and paralysed
- Kin Kin State School, Friday 19 August 2016, 9.00 till lunch
- Noosa Alpaca, a work in progress - developing a channel for retailing alpaca garments and accessories
- Australian Alpaca Week, Saturday 30 April to Sunday 8 May 2016
- Miley has 8 pups on Saturday 27 February
- Weekend 13-14 February, Fleece workshop
2015 has been a very busy year indeed
- Christmas is good. There have been no further attacks since the maremmas arrived
- Picked up Miley, 1 year old maremma from Walloon (Thu 5/11/15)
- Picked up Nowi, 3 year old maremma from Wondai (Sat 31/10/15)
- Wild dingo-alsations attack and kill Sheepie (Thu 15/10/15)
- Kin Kin Alpacas is now an official domain on www. Website under construction. (Tue 6/10/15)
- First shearing callout. Catherine and Paul Smith went to Goomboorian to shear two alpacas. (Mon 5/10/15)
- 100yo Poinciana Christmas tree was blown up and shattered by lightning. It has been the site of many, many family BBQs and campfires. (Thu 1/10/15)
- Annual shearing was finished completed. Even though there was some light drizzle, we were able to cut the slightly damp fleece and put them out to dry for skirting and bagging. (Sat 12/9/15)
- Namona was born; Oscar's first cria out of Katie Athena. She's lovely. Although 3/4 huacay, she has a beautiful, lustrous, suri fleece.
- Our local school is Kin Kin State Primary School. The wonderful staff at Kin Kin are keen to teach children about the world around them. Twice a year, we take animals to the school and talk about them and answer questions, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJi0AkuJYH8.
Shearing Workshop, weekend 22-23 August 2015, a hands-on training weekend to learn and practise the basics of shearing alpacas, teeth & toenails, and equipment maintenance
The shearing workshops were conducted over three weekends. Chris Norris gave a very thorough presentation of equipment maintenance and alpaca shearing technique. The prac involved some table and on ground shearing. Eight people participated and finished the modules.
- Steve Weiss completed our sculpture, a beautiful, 2m steel alpaca with cria at the front gate
- The King of the Mountain, 26 July 2015. Our first time stall.
- The annual event in the alpaca industry is Australian Alpaca Week which is normally conducted in the first week in May. Alpaca farms throughout Australia open the gates and host events open to the public. See Australian Alpaca Association website for more details. Australian Alpaca Week in May was a boomer. The interest level was incredible
- Autumn saw the next crop of Jolimont Aramis' crias to ground. The boys outnumbered the girls but thankfully all are well and good looking. Looking forward to their first fleece
Some of the events in 2014 included
- AAA Queensland Ordinary Regional meeting at Broadmeadows and Pfeiffer Park in Rockhampton
- Kin Kin State School animal days
- Steve Ridout workshop at Pfeiffer Park Alpacas in Rockhampton
- Premium Alpaca workshops at Buhai Hill Alpacas
- Sunshine Networking at Shahrizai Alpacas
- Gympie Show
- Kin Kin Creations Markets every first Sunday of each month
- Tell A Yarn Festival, Kin Kin, 5 October 2014
- Jolimont Aramis' first crias to ground. Aidos, out of Broadmeadows Amelene and Sahrina out of Broadmeadows Sahra are beautiful white girls. Our first home bred girls Amelene and Sahra have given us stunning little girls
- Inspiration arrived on Christmas Eve. He is a lovely white alpaca sired by Halcyon Magnate out of Currumbong Imelda