Simply Alpacas – Company Profile
Simply Alpacas is owned by Brian & Jackie Ingram. We bought our first lifestyle block in 1976 and spent many years enjoying rural living on our own piece of our beautiful country.
In 1994, after a few years in town, we moved close to the beautiful West Coast beach of Muriwai (Maori for raging water). With quiet roads and a forest for riding our horses, cafes, wineries and still close to New Zealand’s largest city (so the teenagers couldn’t complain) this is a great area.
We began breeding Polled Wiltshire sheep and I became involved in the Auckland Poultry & Pigeon Association, breeding and exhibiting rare breeds - Light Sussex, Plymouth Barred Rock, Gold Laced Wyandottes and Silkies. I had several years as show secretary and with three shows a year, the largest had over 500 entries from all over the North Island, I was busy.
Our passion for alpacas began in 2002 when we started looking into the possibilities of owning these magical creatures. Visits to several alpaca breeders followed and in 2003 we bought our first female, a Peruvian import, from Ian Nelson. She remained with Ian and Virginia until giving birth to our first cria, a female! ASAP we drove to Taupo (280kms) to see our baby! This young lady has won breed and fleece ribbons and she has given us 4 female cria including our Supreme Champion Huacaya female, SIMPLY HOPE. Hope and her sister SARITA have been multiple broad ribbon winners over many years.
In 2004 we were invited by Wendy Billington, International Alpaca Judge, and Peter Sultan of Cedar House Alpaca Stud, NSW, Australia, to become their agents in New Zealand. Wendy and Peter have developed a hugely successful breeding program at Cedar House using top genetics in females and males they have bought from Peru, USA, Australia and New Zealand. In 2004 Cedar House Perez, owned by Sherlin Alpacas, Christchurch, won Supreme Champion Huacaya at New Zealand’s first national show.
On behalf of Cedar House and their clients we have now exported many alpacas to the UK and Europe and their names show up regularly there in the show results. NB Imported alpacas often have their names changed.
We have been to many shows in New Zealand with our own and Cedar House stock and have had excellent results. Shows are a wonderful place to display alpacas to the public and for breeders to showcase breeding program results. The general camaraderie between exhibitors, meeting old friends and making new friends are big pluses for us at shows.
CEDAR HOUSE PAVOROTTI & CEDAR HOUSE STORM 2