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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Launceston Show 2015

Great news from Royal Launceston Show - Mossvale Highland Mist won Supreme and Mossvale Amaro won supreme fleece.  We also won best Fawn in the animals classes and in Fleece we won Best Black and also best fleece over 60 months, best 30-48 months and best 18-30 month fleece.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

ANNUAL SALE - 24 MAY 2015

Interested in Alpacas or just need to top up with a few fleece - come to our Annual Sale day.  See over 50 animals for sale and find that fleece perfect for you!  Doors open at 10am
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

First for 2015

I know there are many imported alpaca with a '1 Jan'. birthday - but this little girl was actually born on 1/1/15.  We are currently looking for export animals from Tasmania for a major shipment.  At least from Australia the importers get the full background on the AAA registered animal.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Bothwell Display

Mossvale was proud to be asked to put on a fleece display at the Bothwell Highland Spin In - a bi-annual spinning event that attracts spinners, weaver and fabric artists from around the world.  It was great that we also won the hand spinners 'best spinning fleece' at the 2014 Royal Hobart Show and could exhibit that too. We also had a sales tent and got to talk alpaca to a lot of people (pitty the first day was a bit wet!).  Still great interest in Alpaca fleece from spinners, and sadly still a lot of myths about how to use it. 

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Helpers Hard at Work

We have had a few helpers stay on the farm over this summer.  Great young people just interested in experiencing the world.  We've got nice accommodation for them and they help us out with all sorts of jobs.  Most of the helpers this year have been French - so Helen has had lots of chances to practice her French!
Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Shearing Done & Dusted

Shearing done for 2014 - 200 of ours and 100 others done over 4 days.  Thank you to our local helpers and also our Japanese and French travellers - they were very happy to shear the last alpaca.  Pictures shows the mob of girls doing down the hill and coming back up the next day with their new hair cut!

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Friday, 21 November 2014

4 out of 4

Well it is official - Mossvale won the best fleece at the four AAA Alpaca judged shows this year.  Better still they were all won by Mossvale animals this year - Mossvale Amaro won Burnie as a junior fleece, Mossvale Missy won Launceston and Mossvale Accoyo India won Hobart and Huon Shows.  Amaro was sired by our male Ellen Vale Johnson (from Prince John) and his dam was sired by our male Encantador Marcel.  We purchased both males in 2007 as we knew they had blood lines that would combine to make great babies.
Sunday, 16 November 2014

Huon Show 2014

Had another great Huon Show - this time Alpacas convened by someone else!  Well done Janelle for your first time.  We were very pleased to win the Supreme fleece at Huon - for the third year running.  Helen pictured being presented the trophy by local politician and Government Minister Jacquie Petrusma MP.
Friday, 10 October 2014

Mircles do happen

Many alpaca breeders get very tense around birthing time - us included.  Often peering into the birthing paddock to see what is happening.  This year we got an unexpected surprise.  Our unplanned birthing program.  Over a week period we found 4 cria (2 boys and 2 girls) up in the top paddock of 150 females, followed by two more from girls we suspected and had near the house.  One of our young males jumped the fence last year and did well for himself. Just goes to show that Alpacas are not that bad at being parents (mind you all the mothers were experienced).  It was good that the young male was a nice boy out of Jolimont Mochicor and his babies had nice crimp and handle - definitely going to register the young male!

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Font Hill Alpacas

Anyone who has studied the history of sheep farming in Australia would know the name Font Hill. Settled in the 1830’s and with a lovely gothic style manor built in the 1840’s, Font Hill’s 4,500 acres was also home for some of the earliest fine wool Merinos in Tasmania. It is a farm with a strong history for the production of some of the best wool in Australia.

Today we had the leisurely drive out to the Southern Midlands to drop off a couple of female alpacas and a herd sire to help Font Hill owners Chris and Debbi White protect their sheep. Not from foxes (like in the rest of Australia) but from Tasmanian Wedge Tail Eagles who not only takes the lambs, but attacks and kills the lambing ewes. I don’t think Jessica or Xena will have any of that!

A lovely area and beautiful setting. The farm is developing a tourism following too with ‘shearers’ accommodation for up to 50 people, with walks and cosy fires.

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Production Sale - Day 2

Thank you all who attended our sale on Saturday 26th - a shocker of a day as it did not stop raining. Over all a very positive outcome for us and shows the underlying strength of the Alpaca industry – 12 females, 3 entire males and 6 wethers (with orders for 4 more).

Congratulations to the Debnam family for their purchase of Mossvale Edmund a stunning young male for their herd and Dave and Josiane Eve for their purchase of Mossvale Chevalier who I am sure will work fantastically in their mix of light fawn alpacas.

Well the weather god was good to us and we had a lovely day for Day 1 of our sale.  Had some serious buyers arrive and now have some quality females going off to new homes.  We even had a sheep farmer turn up and ask us why we had a display of sheep fleece on show - nice to say it was from one of our Alpacas!  We are open again next Saturday (26/4) and will have some additional females on display.  The picture shows a pen of our "B" price range females and the workes having their cup of tea at the end of a long day.

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Production Sale Catalogue

Have most of the sale animals down around the house ready for Monday.  Most of them have had a relaxing summer in the back paddock - all very fat!  A few I need to get Monday morning, but most ready to go.  Looking forward to seeing them all in some pens.
 
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Catalogue Coming

We are updating our sale list on this site.  Over the next couple of days we will be adding about 20 more females and also adding some more photos.  We have our sale days next week (Easter Monday and Saturday 26th).  The 20 males on the site now are in the sale - some great potential sires. 
Thursday, 10 April 2014

Getting Ready ......

There is a lot to be done preparing for a sale - as we are finding out.  This has not been helped by the work going into preparing for the many Tasmanian alpaca events between March and May.  You will need to bear with us as we up load animal details onto the Sales section of this web site.  On the sale days (April 21 & 26) we will pen animals by price to help people find what they are looking for - there will we wethers and stud males as well as females under $500, females under $1200 and females over $1200.  We will also be offering package deals and mating packages when you talk to us on the farm.  This is a geneuine herd reduction sale and the chance to see some of our genetics released into the wider alpaca breeding pool.
Monday, 07 April 2014

Lovely day at New Norfolk

Another lovely Autumn in the Valley festival.  The weather was great - lots of people out and about. Just one more fabulous autumn event in Hobart! We managed to talk to lots of people and had some good interest about alpacas.
Monday, 31 March 2014

Great workshop

We waved our flag for Australian Alpaca Week by running an Intro to Alpacas seminar - got to meet some lovely people, drank a nice red from Bordeaux one of the participants came with ...and ate lots of CWA cakes I got from Huonville on Friday! Tried out the new (almost finished) shed and it worked a treat.We had a nice mix of theory and some practical time with fleeces and animals. 
Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Introdution to Alpacas Seminar

Helen and I first got involved in running workshops for people interested in Alpacas in the early 1990's. We've had some fun running workshops on topics from alpaca farming as a business through to hosting a couple of Camalidynamic workshops (including Marty). On March 30th we will be running an introduction to alpacas workshop - covering basic alpaca husbandry, selecting an alpaca, fleece, fencing and shelters and alpaca behaviour and handling. The fee is $20 ($30 for a couple) which covers lunch and hand outs. You can register your interest by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phoning 0412430982.

Come and visit the farm and see what we've been up to! You'll find alpacas that will make great pets as well as those to add density, fineness and temperament to your herd.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Mossvale Supports Alpaca Fiesta

Tasmania Region of the AAA is organising an Alpaca Fiesta at the Hobart Show Ground over Easter 2014.  It will be great to see this building on the Australian Alpaca Week promotion in early April.  We've decided to run a production sale on Easter Monday (21st).  We have started selecting alpacas for the sae andshould have around 50 - a good mix of stud animals through to pets.
Friday, 10 January 2014

Fleece results in

Our 2013 fleece results came back from Micron Man - a very quick turn around from Wayne. Very pleasing cria results - Whites did well with no cria over 19 micron and the lowest cria was 13.5 (sd 3.1). Lots of SD’s in the 3’s which was great. Jolimont Luca II did a great job with 6 of the lowest results (13.5 and 14.2 his best).  The average of his 7 cria was 16.0, Encantador Marcel also did well with an average cria micron of 16.3.
 
More of a mixed bag for the black males - but some lines we know are coarser, but are very bright and black.  One boy averaged 19.9 micron for his 3 cria and Jolimont Ulises averaged 21.1 across 7 cria.  At shearing we noticed the blacks had more crimp and density with the addition of new blood lines.
 
We also had some great yearling results - with Luca and Winterbrook Johnson (by Prince John) having fine cria after 18-24 months - both with average microns of 18.1.
All up pleasing results.
Monday, 06 January 2014

Still waiting

Alpacas are hard to predict when they will have their babies (cria) - sometime they look so big they will pop.

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Saturday, 04 January 2014

2014 Babies have started

Our first baby of the 2014 season was born today. Strong little girl by Mossvale Accoyo Yanick - should be nice. Three more very fat girls due anytime ...
Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Huon Show

Another great Huon Show - almost got my target of 100 animals and 50 fleeces.  Maybe next year.  Great having Ron Reid judge the show - his experience both as a breeder and judge showed.  Mossvale animals did well - Reserve Adult Female, Champion Adult Male (and Best White), Champion Senior Male (and Best Fawn), third in Sire's Progeny and Supreme Champion Fleece. 
Sunday, 27 October 2013

Hobart Royal success

We were pleased with our results from the Royal Hobart Show, especially Mossvale Casey winning Supreme Huacaya. In the fleece classes, Mossvale Accoyo India won Supreme Huacaya fleece, and in Sires Progeny class our Encantador Marcel pair (Mossvale Shazia and Mossvale Chevalier) were awarded first place.

 

We were also pleased to be awarded three best colour huacaya awards – Mossvale Casey winning best white, Mossvale Shazia best fawn and Mossvale Bethany best black.

 

Bethany was awarded Champion Adult Female – the judge, Pauline Nugent praised her fleece structure and character, saying there were some exceptional black alpacas exhibited. Bethany’s fleece also did well, winning first in her age/colour class.

 

Overall Mossvale took 10 alpacas, 9 of which were awarded 1st or 2nd place, with 4 champion and 2 reserve champion ribbons.

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Unfortunately we were not able to show animals at the Royal Launceston this year, but we had a great show for our fleeces.
 
  • Mossvale Edward winning Champion 6-12 month old fleece
  • Mossvale Jonty being placed first in the 18-30 month fleece (fawn)
  • Mossvale Accoyo India winning Champion 30+ month, Best White and Supreme Huacaya fleece.
  • Mossvale Accoyo Yannick also won a first in the 30+ month category and Best Fawn.
 
Pictured are Ken and Jeanett Manning presenting the perpetual fleece trophy which they sponsor.  Mossvale has won this trophy both times it has been presented.
Sunday, 29 September 2013

Mossvale goes sustainable

We've always tried to run the farm with minimal inputs - both for cost and environmental gains.  The development of our new shed and studio has allowed us to achieve three environmentally friendly goals - increased water catchment (20,000 litres), installing a waste water recycling system and adding a 5 kilowatt solar system.  All of these things are designed to help our farming reduce its environmental foot print (just like our alpacas!).
Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Great Craft Work

You just need to love the creativity of some people.  Lyn from the East Coast of Tasmania recently purchased a fleece from us and turned it into this fantastic baby’s blanket.  Well done Lyn - and only in a few months, great work.

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Friday, 23 August 2013

Spring - almost

Well you'd think it was almost spring - if the rain wasn't falling so much. After a very dry start, we are now up to 136mm for August, above the 109 average. The year so far is just average - (524mm vs 551mm). The Daff's have been out for a couple of months - but still makes for a great pic. The trees are getting ready and the Wisteria is about to bust through (must be about time for a heavy frost!). We've been hard at work making gardens around the new shed - some for aesthetics, others for water control and drainage - inspired by the trip to the UK our main garden for this year is a winter / forest garden – full of hellebores, rhododendrons and other interesting bits.

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Alpaca Rescue

We had a sad call on Friday from our vet on Friday – Emma at Brightside Animal sanctuary in Cradoc just took two alpacas from a farm in the new Norfolk area and had to leave one – probably for dead. The two taken were reportedly 6 months old – one weighed 18 kg the other 12 kg. Sadly the smaller of the two died, very badly affected by rickets and malnourishment. This left Emma with one baby alpaca in a farm full of rescued sheep, cattle, pigs and goats! So we donated a young white wether – Stuart. He is a friendly chap and will be great for school visits.

By the time we got there on Sunday, Emma had found two more rescue alpacas, dumped on someone’s property in Collinsvale. Both were entire males, about 18 months old and unshorn. One boy was in OK condition, but his mate had badly knotted fleece, rain scald (back, tail and neck) and bad rickets (bow legs).

When we visited we found the remaining of the two six month olds was very small (about what I would expect at 2 months) but generally looked OK – he was very pleased to get a new friend. The sad story of the two young alpacas is that they were removed from people who are reported to offer their services for shearing and animal husbandry – I’m told that their property had become overstocked and could not support the number of animals they had there.

PS Brightside has their fund raising gala on Saturday 3 August - great speakers supporting a good cause.  See Brightside.org.au

Sunday, 09 June 2013

Honeywood Restored

Well it has only taken two years, but the original 1850's homestead on the property is now secure. We've just had the once over by the Council's heritage architect and the property will be recommended for the Council's heritage register. The house has been significantly renovated (at least three significant times) including our recent efforts of new floors, internal walls and roof, and in this sense it represents a good example of how early homes have changed over time. Significantly, the whole farm site is of relevance to the area because of its early links with the local timber industry. We have taken the house from a state of disrepair - almost to the point of no return - and returned it to being a family home (although not housing the 12 people it did in the 1800's!).  Now all we need to do is start on the gardens.

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Wednesday, 05 June 2013

Back from Chelsea

What an experience - English country gardens and the Chelsea flower show.  Lovely plants, great building, breathtaking sculpture and imaginative layout. In addition to the house renovaitons and the farm the next job is to start work on the gardens.  We were very lucky with the previous owners doing so much work setting up the framework of the gardens - we now have a great canvass to work with.

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Monday, 27 May 2013

UK Links Made

We took some time out of our holiday to visits UK alpaca breeders and catch up with some specialist sheep breeders. The Hertfordshire County show happened to be on and also a major rare breeds show for sheep. Many of these breeds have been around for 100's of years, but were not imported into Australia and it is very difficult to import them now. As the photographs show many are small breeds (similar to an angora goat) - but they do have unique fibres, including their colour range. With the contacts made we will now be able to bring fibre direct from suppliers and blend these natural coloured sheep with our coloured alpaca fibre.

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Shed almost done

It's been over 12 months in the planning but the shed is almost done.  It is a little more than a shed - it is also Helen's studio and now gives us the opportunity to host interstate and overseas guests who come to inspect our animals.  The shed has its own bathroom, bedroom and houses the laundry as well.  Like all farms you can never have enough space for workshops, machinery and bits - so there is a fair bit of workshop space too.  Well done to our builder Steve Marriott (Mountain Homes) who dealt with all the little changes and the weather with a great attitude.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Agfest 2013

We had a great three days at Agfest - lots of interest and people asking about alpacas.
Saturday, 22 December 2012

Shearing finished

At last shearing is finished for another year. Over two days we did 200 alpacas at Geeveston - mostly Mossvale animals. This year we also helped set up some satellite sites – one in Bakers Creek (thanks to the Nixons) and one in Acton Park (thanks to the Shearers). These sites made it a bit more manageable to gather up animals we had sold and still make sure they got access to cheap and professional shearing. All up I was involved in shearing 350 alpacas in the Hobart area this year - not one injury or bad back but the odd curse.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Success at Huon Show

Mossvale was awarded Supreme Fleece at Huon - making it 4 out of 4 supremes this year.  Three animals shared the Ribbons - Jolimont Josephine (x2), Jolimont Edwina and Mossvale Accoyo India.  As we are focused on fleece breeding we like to support the Fleece sections and find the judges feedback an informative and helpful comparison to our own views.

We also had good results in the led classes. In particular our Prince John line was responsible for winning all the male classes at the Huon Show - Junior, Intermediate, Adult, Mature and Senior. Prince John was sold at Auction for over $40,000 a couple of years ago. Our sire Ellenvale Johnson is one of his sons.  We were also awarded Sire's Progeny for a pair of Johnson cria.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Hobart Royal

Royal Hobart Show winning fleece from Jolimont Edwina - 2012