Welcome to the
Alpaca Association Nz

Supporting alpaca 
breeders and owners across 
New Zealand for over 20 years

The AANZ is the official breed society for alpaca in New Zealand and holds the breed registry. It is affiliated to the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS).

The organisation endeavours to develop a viable and sustainable primary industry and to promote the benefit and value of the breed. 

The mission of the AANZ is to inspire the membership to actively engage in the alpaca industry. 

Industry News

November 20, 2023
Alpaca Shearing

Alpaca shearing is a vital part of an alpaca’s life. Shearing is an animal welfare issue and therefore one of the most important aspects of alpaca husbandry. Alpaca can be shorn on a table or on the floor, both methods are safe for the alpaca and shearer. The alpaca is restrained, [legs and head] to ensure safety for alpaca and the shearer. You can find a list of shearers under the 'Farming Alpaca' tab.

April 22, 2023
Alpaca colour genotyping, a new tool to enhance breeding decisions

A new and exciting piece of ‘kit’ for the decision toolbox is colour genotyping. Knowing the genetic colour of your animals and what colour mutations they carry will significantly contribute to or detract from your breeding goals.

March 20, 2023
Alpaca grazing could help tackle climate change – new research

Scientists at Aberystwyth University are researching whether grazing alpacas alongside other animals could help farmers tackle climate change. The new project will explore the efficiency and environmental benefits of grazing […]