Welcome to Kyona Alpacas
Kyona Alpacas was established in 2005 and is a family business, operated by sisters-in-law, Kylie Streatfeild and Fiona McKenna. We wanted to be able to enter an agricultural enterprise that provided us with a challenge and enabled us to be a productive part of our family property. The evolving and innovative alpaca industry provided us with these opportunities and due to the easy management of the alpaca we are able to run and manage our business at the same time as working elsewhere and having small children.
Welcome to our web site where we will offer quality alpacas for sale and showcase beautiful handcrafted scarves, beanies, other clothing and yarn using our own hand spun alpaca fibre.
Handcrafted Alpaca Products
After Kyona Alpacas started its alpaca breeding program in 2005, Fiona and Kylie were keen to find out what types of products can be made and produced from this wonderful fibre. We researched the qualities of alpaca and the variety of products that have been produced. As Alpaca is known for its lightweight, very soft and warm qualities we decided to value add our fleece and have it processed so that we could produce handmade garments from our own fleece. We now make a varied range of products that are of good quality but are reasonably price. We can make products to order to your selected colours. If you cannot see what you want please contact us to discuss your individual needs.
Alpacas for Sale
We are passionate about our alpacas and would like to share this passion with new and existing breeders. We offer maiden and breeding females, emerging and stud sires, herd protectors and pets for sale. We pride ourselves on excellent sales and support. Alpacas are for sale individually or packages may be available to suit your budget. Feel free to contact us for further information or a visit to the farm to view the alpacas for sale.
About Kyona Alpacas
Our breeding program started with 3 breeding females and two female cria at foot. We currently still have a small herd of breeding females and stud males and also run a number of wethers on the property as guards. We are basing our breeding principles on quality rather than quantity. Kyona Alpacas are directing their breeding program on white and light fawn, but also have a small number of med/dark fawn and brown alpacas. Our focus is “breeding for perfection” and use stud males in our breeding program to instill traits such as fineness, density, crimp and staple definition whilst being soft and lustrous.
We are located in the Millthorpe/Forest Reefs area, approximately 15 minutes south of Orange on rich basalt soils with gorgeous views to Mt Canobolas. Fiona, her husband Wes and their two children Rachel and Mathew live on the outskirts of Millthorpe. Fiona works as a Corporate Support Officer at Blayney Shire Council on a full time basis. Kylie and Jason and their two boys, Hayden and Joshua, live on the family property at Forest Reefs. Kylie works part time as a Family Support Worker for a local organization assisting children with a disability and their families, also on a part time basis as well as working on the family sheep and cropping property.
Jason and Wes work full time and have been instrumental in the development and ongoing management of Kyona Alpacas. They have been invaluable in building infrastructure and assisting in alpaca maintenance when needed.
We have used elite bloodlines to improve the quality of our herd. These include Purrembete Inti, El Dorado, Highlander, Windsong Valley Iceman and Kenjiro, Peruvian Hemmingway, Escobar, Jolimont Sollocata and Alpacapartners Pann.
Kyona Alpacas selects herd sires who have elite and proven genetics. We value quality over quantity and have high expectations of our herd. To eliminate the guess work out of our breeding program we are implementing the SRS® breeding system. The SRS system was developed by Dr. Jim Watts in the 1980s, has been used successfully to improve fleece quantity and quality in Merino sheep and Angora goats by selecting for increased fibre density and fibre length (see www.srswool.com). These selection techniques are being used by alpaca breeders to improve fleece quantity and quality whilst trying to eliminate guard hair. If an animal grows more fibres (density) and if those fibres are longer, then it will produce more weight of fleece. The higher density also reduces the mean fibre diameter and the variation in fibre diameter of the fleece.
Using the SRS breeding principles we have seen our fleece weights improve which have not lost their fineness. The quality of our fleece has made significant improvements with silky soft, lustrous and high aligned fibres.