Welcome to Classical MileEnd Alpacas run by Chas Brooke and Rachel Hebditch.
Delighted that our fawn intermediate male CME Aaron took the Supreme Huacaya Championship at the new Somerset Show judged by Rob Bettinson. We took along five male alpacas, CME Florian, an intermediate, was Champion White Male with our adult white male CME Dion Reserve Champion. CME Tito was Champion Light Male whilst the only one without a sash CME Ethan was second in the adult light class. Aaron and Florian are both sons of our fawn stud male Appledene Commander in Chief and CME Tito a CME Priam ll son.
Great three days at the Devon County Show with our show team of nine alpacas all coming home with an award. Very pleased that Appledene Commander in Chief won the Sire’s Progeny Class with Aaron, Floria and Florian making up the threesome. Always great when your stud male comes top of the class with five groups in the running.
Delighted that CME Ethan, an intermediate light male, was Reserve Show Champion Huacaya and Champion Light Male with our junior CME Tito taking Reserve Light Champion. CME Brigit was Intermediate Fawn Female Champion and CME Aaron, a junior brown, Reserve Champion Brown Male.
Our white stud males Houghton Placido and CME Orlando were Champion White Male and Reserve Champion White Male whilst a rather jumpy CME Leda, an adult female, took Reserve Champion White Female. Our junior whites did well too with CME Floria taking fourth place and CME Florian second in their white junior classes.
We are delighted to announce that Houghton Placido, Champion White Male at the British Alpaca Society National Show 2019, will be joining our team of stud males this summer and will be available for a limited number of matings.
Placido has a strong frame, excellent bone and a broad chest, all requirements for a working herd sire. His phenotype displays a lovely soft handing fleece with desirable staple length, excellent uniformity of micron extending well into the shoulder, the rump and belly. He has an impressive low micron ratio between primary and secondary fibres contributing to his fleece handle. Coming from the proven Jolimont Rodrigo 2 line, his longevity of fineness with age, will compliment and extend our existing breeding goals to produce long staple and soft handling fleeces for many years.
This male represents a new blood line for us. His sire is Bozedown Escapade and his grandsire Jolimont Rodrigo 2 who maintained his fineness to a great age. Rodrigo is also the sire of Bozedown Ascendant whose progeny group won at the BAS National Show twice in a row.
Placido’s dam is Houghton Perdita, first White Senior Female at the BAS National and Showtime in 2014 and the dam of Houghton Perry who has been awarded a string of broad ribbons.
We have around 100 alpacas on our farm in Devon and have been breeding alpacas for more than 20 years. Aside from breeding the best alpacas we can, we have an online magazine Alpaca World magazine and an alpaca yarn business UK Alpaca so plenty to keep us busy.
We have alpacas for sale, mostly fawns and whites, pregnant females, pet boys, stud males to suit all budgets and are very happy to offer on farm husbandry training and advice to all our clients.
2018 brought us aome excellent show results with CME Dion awarded Show Champion Huacaya at Devon County Show and our two white girls champion and reserve. Delighted by our results at the British Alpaca Society National Show 2018 too where 600 alpacas were shown. Appledene Commander in Chief was Reserve Champion Fawn Male. He is a senior now so very pleased with that. His daughter CME Leda was awarded the Reserve Champion White Female and another daughter CME Eugenia was first in an intermediate fawn female class. Following her was a CME Priam 11 daughter CME Agatha, third in the same class whilst another daughter CME Brigit was first in the junior fawn female class. Our little beige boy CME Ethan was first in his class whilst the whites didn’t do too badly either. There were five classes of junior white females and CME Carlotta was fourth in hers as was CME Orlando 11 and CME Dion.
Services to Houghton Placido, Appledene Commander in Chief and CME Priam ll, CCNF Talon, CME Dion, CME Florestan are available in 2019.
We were thrilled to be awarded the Fibre to Product award for our Posh Socks by Paul Whittey of Penrose Products who sponsor the Fibre Zone at the National Show.
UK Alpaca, our alpaca yarn manufacturing company, has a range of sumptuous double knit and 4-ply baby alpaca and silk yarns in gorgeous colours and the superfine alpaca 4-ply and double knit range has been expanded too. A new Speckledy range made from the darker fibre, blended with white and then overdyed and proved to be extremely popular. Our first range of dyed 4-ply suri yarns and undyed marl suri yarns are now available.These yarns are all made from the fleeces of alpacas bred in Britain and our fleece suppliers can buy the yarns at wholesale prices with no minimum order. Natural yarns are available on cone as well. We welcome trade enquiries and all our yarns can be bought from the UK Alpaca webshop
This year’s fleece collection will open in the spring if you would like to sell your fleece to us. Please go to www.ukalpaca.com for more details.
Our range of alpaca POSH socks by UK Alpaca offers alpaca ribbed socks for everyday wear in town or country, lounge socks for padding about the house or for cosy toes in bed, that are all made from our own British yarns and knitted in Bradford. Of course, we also stock the ever popular walking sock, a performance sock that walkers love. All are available though the UK Alpaca webshop. We welcome enquiries from wholesale buyers.
We love our alpacas and are hugely enthusiastic about our breeding programme which is designed to produce healthy productive alpacas with excellent conformation and advanced fleeces. Our farm has a strict bio-security plan for the management of risks which includes having the perimeter of the farm securely fenced against any incursion by wildlife. Management and avoidance of infectious diseases forms a big part of our daily farm practice. If you would like more information on this please read the section here
We have a wide range of alpacas for sale from show winning males and females, pregnant females with cria at foot and stud males to charming geldings who make wonderful field pets or sheep and flock guards.
You are welcome to visit our farm, just outside Tiverton in Devon, where we can meet and answer your questions in person and show you our beautiful alpacas. Please e-mail or telephone to make an appointment.
New owners can rely on us to train them in alpaca husbandry and deliver a first class back up service.
Experienced breeders can be sure that we have thought carefully about every breeding and that our stud males are among the best in the world.
We publish the online Alpaca World magazine, check it out at www.alpacaworldmagazine.com, for great editorial content and the latest news from Europe, the UK and the rest of the world. Updated every month and accessible via your smartphone or tablet, Alpaca World will keep you in the loop on the latest genetic, scientific and veterinary advances in the care of alpacas and subscriptions are free on the website.
Chas & Rachel and Classical MileEnd Alpacas are members of:
The British Alpaca Society
The South West Alpaca Group (SWAG)
The Australian Alpaca Assoc (AAA)
Alpaca Owners and Breeders Assoc USA (AOBA)
The Alpaca Registry Inc (ARI)
and our alpacas are registered with the British Alpaca Society Registry.
We are a founding member breeder of the Alpaca Bloodstock Breeders Association (ABBA) and the British Alpaca Futurity
We own the internationally circulated Alpaca World Magazine and the fibre to yarn company UK Alpaca Ltd