Hall Road, Norwich, Norfolk. NR4 6DW.
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REDUCTION SALE BY AUCTION OF 138 ALPACAS
Held on behalf of AzSu Aplacas, Letton Norfolk on Sunday April 15th 2018
WOW even the sun shone at what we believe was the first auction of Alpacas in Norfolk.
Nikki Lenk and her father Robert decided to downsize to enable them to pursue other options on their farm and made the brave decision to hold an auction - bearing in mind the Alpaca industry appears to have got over subscribed in recent years.
The herd was established with 5 Alpacas, back in 2000 by Nikki's Mum Sue who subsequently became an international authority on the breed. Sue sadly died in 2010 and Nikki took over.
Auctions can generate a lot of interest and this one did not disappoint.
An excellent crowd of over 250 people resulted in 32 buyers from all over the country and an overall average of £313.57
Females, especially the more youthful, were in great demand. Males, as expected, were harder work. Top price went to AzSu Savannah, a brown huacaya bred 3yo female at £2300 In fact all the high prices were huacaya rather than the alternative suri type (where the fleece hangs downward like dreadlocks) and all were coloured animals.
Next up was Acura, a black 5yo female at £1700. Females continued to dominate with Pearle, a multi coloured at £1400, Nina a whte/brown at £1300 and Cerys and Pebbles, being black and brown respectively at £1000. The crowd looked terrified when the Auctioneer, Philip Dale, introduced lot 65 whose name was BOO ! However it did not stop them bidding and the dark brown 4yo made £850.
Not so much demand for the males with a top price of £260 for a 5yo black huacaya called Bentley
The sale will be held at The Low Farm, Hook Lane, Letton, Norfolk IP25 7TB.
Viewing is on Saturday 14th April from 11am to 3pm or on the morning of the sale from 9am. The sale will commence at 11am.
All lots will be sold in pounds (GBP) and the hammer price will include VAT.
Please note that all lots must be settled on the day of purchase. Terms of payment are cash or debit card. Cheques will only be accepted from parties known to the Auctioneers. If payment is made by cheque then the lots cannot be taken until the cheque has cleared the bank. This must be pre‐arranged with the vendors.
A system of buyers numbers will operate at this sale. Potential buyers must register with the Auctioneers before the sale commences or on viewing day. Carry the number with you and make sure it is obvious when bidding.
No lots will be able to leave the premises without a paid receipt which will be checked by Norwich Livestock Market staff.
Norwich Road, Yaxham, Norwich, Norfolk NR19 1RP
Tel: 01362 288185 5.6 miles away
The Romany Rye
Church Street, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 1DL
Tel: 01362 654160 7.1 miles away
The Willow House
2 High Street, Watton, Norfolk IP25 6AE
Tel: 10953 881181 7.7 miles away
Broom Hall Country Hotel
Richmond Road, Saham Toney, Thetford, Norfolk IP25 7EX
Tel: 01953 882125 8.6 miles away
The George Hotel
Swaffham Road, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2AZ
Tel: 01362 696801 7.9 miles away
Barnham Broom Hotel
Honingham Road, Barnham Broom, Norwich NR9 4DD
Tel: 01603 759393 9.4 miles away
The White Hart Hotel
3 Market Place, Hingham, Norfolk NR9 4AF
Tel: 01953 850214 4.5 miles away
The Hare & Barrel Hotel
80 Brandon Road, Watton, Thetford, Norfolk IP25 6LB
Tel: 01953 882752 8.3 miles away
Forge House Yaxham Bed & Breakfast
Forge House, Station Road, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 1RD
Tel: 01362 697729 5.8 miles away
Main Road, Great Fransham, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 2NA
Tel: 01362 687742 9.1 miles away
Kings Head Hotel
42 Norwich Road, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 1AD
Tel: 01362 693842 7.1 miles away
Livestock trailers may be parked overnight at Low Farm by arrangement and at the trailer owner's risk.
These guidelines are designed to promote health, happiness and a general well being amongst your herd, regardless of size. A full version is available on the British Alpaca Society website.
The AzSu herd was founded by my late wife Su some 18 years ago. She had fallen in love with them at first sight when she spotted them at a local country fair. These strange creatures called Alpacas captivated Su and she resolved to learn all she could about them.
Her first 5 arrived in January 2000. From that date on she was hooked. She wanted more. It was clear we couldn’t do it where we lived at that time with only 3 acres, half of that being the garden, and so we moved to Norfolk and 55 acres; a blank canvas upon which Su would make her mark. She wanted to know everything about Alpacas; their handling, their husbandry, their history, their purpose as a fleece animal, the conversion of their fleece to fabric. She joined and became active in the 2 breed associations. She travelled up and down the country talking with established breeders, both at shows and on their farms, but was confused by the conflicting information she received. We discussed this and it became apparent that she needed to go ‘back to basics’ a phrase that was quite popular at that time.
She was to find her ‘basics’ in Peru, in the Andean altiplano, original homeland of the Alpaca. She booked herself onto a month residential course arranged by the acknowledged senior authority on Alpacas, Dr. Julio Sumar of the International Alpaca Judging School. But she had no intention of becoming a judge, she just wanted to learn as much as she could. She was most apprehensive about it. Never having done exams in a big way, she felt that this could well be beyond her ability – but her appetite for knowledge drove her forward.
As it was, she came top of her class, and Julio became her lifelong mentor, referring to him as ‘her guru’. She regularly visited Peru after that, and would be invited into the ring at shows judged by Julio to award the prizes for the best animals that he had selected. Quite by accident, she became an international judge herself. As I said, it was not her intention, but her new found friends in the Alpaca community who recognised her natural talent and persuaded her, and so she judged for many years in the USA and Ireland.
She was especially keen to put into practice what she had learnt in Peru to improve the quality of her own herd. I have in mind one particular show that illustrates just how good a judge of a fine Alpaca she had become. She had been looking at importing a top quality stud male from Peru for some time and had identified and bought such an animal from an unknown local breeder. Prior to leaving the country, he was entered by his breeder into the 2003 Alpaca Fiesta in Arequipa. This being the big show for Alpacas in Peru and indeed, the world. Her Alpaca bore the number ‘65’. Out of all the Alpacas entered into the junior male section, and note that only the best are entered, he was placed fifth, which in itself was quite an achievement and justification of her purchase. But then the judge took a step back and reviewed his placings. He moved 65 up to fourth place. Wow! He stepped back again, had a closer look at 65, then moved him up to third place. Wow, wow!! Once again he reconsidered his selection and once again 65 moved up, to second and finally first place. You can imagine the emotion of the moment. The judge in his summing up called 65 an example of the perfect Alpaca.
65 eventually came to Norfolk and was named Charlemagne. (Su named her males after Roman emperors and her females after gemstones). Sadly, he died in her arms some 2 years later due to a twisted bowel. But not before he sired many progeny and firmly established his genetics into Su’s herd.
Su never considered her Alpacas as ‘livestock’. She gave each one a name and knew each one by that name. She would speak to them individually, soothing them and stroking their muzzle. If males were fighting, as they do, she would sharply rebuke them and order them to stop. When she walked among them, the herd would consider her as one of them. They would gather around her. She had an affinity with them. She was, to coin a phrase, their 'Herd Goddess'.
It is true to say that is was Su who brought Alpacas to Norfolk. When we arrived in 2000, these animals were known as ‘funny Llamas’. Local people called our road ‘Llama Lane’. Now they are properly referred to as Alpacas. She held an annual open day specifically for local people, who would enjoy an afternoon out and interact with her precious animals. She regularly appeared on local radio and TV. She instigated and organised the Alpaca section at the Royal Norfolk Show. She loved to share her enthusiasm for her Alpacas with anyone who would care to listen and many sought her advice and encouragement in setting up their own herds.
She also achieved a goal that is rare amongst Alpaca owners, that is, a successful outlet for her own harvested fleece. She opened her shop, The Alpaca Barn, in a converted pig shed on the farm. As a supportive member of the 'Produced in Norfolk' initiative she was keen to promote locally produced goods, and converted the fleece of her animals into finished garments which she sold exclusively in her shop. Amongst her last projects was to oversee it’s refurbishment to include more display space, refreshment and disabled facilities and a demonstration area for local craftspeople.
When Su passed away in 2010 our daughter Nikki took over her mother’s legacy. However, Nikki has a different dream for the farm which requires a considerable downsizing of the herd. For myself, I am running down my business interests as I plan for (semi‐) retirement. Nevertheless, a core herd of around 30 Alpacas will remain and AzSu will continue to provide local clients with advice, shearing, agistment, medical services and Alpaca walks around our beautiful farm. The Alpaca Barn shop also continues with a growing online presence. So one way or another, Alpacas will continue at The Low Farm.
We look forward to welcoming you to our auction. From quality animals for breeding to pet quality for your spare field, I’m sure we’ll have the right Alpacas just for you.
The list below is extensive and a PDF download is also available.