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British Futurity Results 2015

Melford Green bred animals were entered into 9 different classes and achieved a front row place in them all.  In addition a further  front row place was achieved by a Lenny sired animal - making a neat 10 out of 10.   A great result demonstrating a good depth of breeding & genetics across a range of colours and types.

Once again our clients also did very well with 4 herds all taking front rows with Melford Green Animals.  The Backyard Alpaca Co. went one better and achieved "Small Breeder of the Year" an accoloade we won in 2010.....better watch out !   Congratulations to you all

Golden Promise was once again our stand out male.  Stud services from him can be accessed either via ourselves or our partner in Kent - Haguelands 

 

Congratulations to Moat Farm Alpacas

Moat Farm's third place in the highly contested Junior White Female Class at this year's British Alpaca Futurity secured the £1000 prize for the highest placed animal at the show containing Melford Green Genetics in it's pedigree.  An especially great result given that this was their first show.  Many congratulations Simon, Sally and of course "Little Nell".

 

Win £1000 with Melford Green at this year's British Alpaca Futurity

 

We are delighted to announce a new intitiative designed to support our clients, our breeding programme and this prestigious event.  The highest placed alpaca with the Melford Green prefix in its pedigree will be awarded a prize worth £1000.   


We have moved....

During December we moved our main alpaca business from Long Melford in West Suffolk to Old Hall Farm, Darsham in East Suffolk.  It's a great location, giving the animals much more space to graze and allows us to expand the herd.  In addition, with the wider range of buildings, we not are now not only able to offer the animals even higher standard of welfare in new, purpose built barns; but plan to develop the business still further with a number of retail and leisure plans in the pipeline.   In the spring, we may move some of the animals back to Long Melford area - details of all developments will be posted on the website. 

Our new telephone number is 01728 668446.  E mail and mobile phone numbers remain the same. 

We look forward to welcoming you all here soon

Alan Titchmarsh Show

On Monday 1st November, we travelled down to the BBC Television Studios in London, along with Melford Green Mo, Golden Promise and Juliano, for a guest appearence on the Alan Titchmarsh Chat Show.  It was a live apperance, so Kat & me were a little worried about how the animals might behave, but they were very calm apart; from when the opening music first blasted out "Do you think I'm sexy" (Rod Stewart was also on the bill.  Luckily a little kitchen dancing from me, soon put them at ease.  It was a packed show, so we were only on for a few minutes, however during the interview, Alan did mention that he had been considering getting some alpacas. ..we have still to hear more.  It was great fun day - photos of the event can be seen by going to our Facebook site and a video of the event will soon be found on our YouTube site.

Most Successful Small Breeder Award

At the end of January, Viki, Jude, Kat, the show team and me travelled to Stoneleigh Park for the 2010 British Alpaca Futurity.  It was a great event with the very best alpacas in the country on show in without doubt, the best show hall of any alpaca event in the UK.   The Melford Green show team produced a great set of results, which led to us being awarded "Most Sucessful Small Breeder 2010".  We also scored well in the craft section with Yarns spun by Shirley Simpson winning 1st & 2nd plus Best in show.  Becky Poynter of Yarnsmith knitted a couple of items using our yarns and won a 1st & 3rd.  Thanks very much to both of you.
 

Melford Green Futurity Results 2010

Name Class Result
Melford Green Claudia Intermediate Grey Female 1st
Melford Green Claudia Champion Grey Female  
Melford Green Mo Junior Black Male 1st
Melford Green Mo Reserve Champion Black Male  
Melford Green Brindsley Junior Black Suri Male 2nd
Melford Green Cedella Intermediate Brown Suri Female 3rd
Melford Green Giacinta Junior White Female 2nd
Melford Green Golden Promise Junior Fawn Male 2nd
Melford Green Wai Lin Intermediate White Female 4th

 

BBC Country File Comes to Melford Green

On Tuesday Matt Baker & the Country File team came across to see us here.  Although the weather was a bit wet & windy, Viki & me had a great time and the alpacas behaved themselve quite well given the proxmity opf the cameras and sound booms.

The programme is due to be broadcast on Sunday November 8th at 7.00pm on BBC1.

 You can see behind the scenes photos and catch up on what has been happening on the farm on our Facebook site. Just search for Melford Green Alpacas and add us as a friend
 

New Facebook Page

Melford Green Alpacas are now on Facebook, where you can  find out what we have been doing down on the farm, view loads of picture of the animals and lots more,,,,. 

Search for Melford Green Alpacas and add us as a friend    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/viki.alpaca?v=info&viewas=612873578
 

Melford Green Make the Weather

In June, BBC Look East came to Melford Green to film our new born cria basking in the sun.  Click here to see the full clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRf4M_W6btk


Qatar Export

It is always great to get an e mail to say the alpacas have settled in and that the owners are happy with their new arrivals, but 17th December's e mail was extra special as on the previous day we arrived at Heathrow at 5.00am to load 8 elite pedigree alpacas into a crate ready for their BA flight to Doha in Qatar and their final destination, Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation Park.

It was the first UK export to anywhere outside of the EU since the Foot & Mouth and Blue Tongue outbreaks of 2007 and marked the first export under the new UK Export Certification Partnership (DEFRA: industry partnership).

Months of negotiations with authorities and numerous health status tests were required to secure the necessary clearances, and with this being the first time alpacas had been exported to Qatar, authorities were quite rightly cautious, but the outbreak of Bluetongue added extra complications.

We were arguably the first herd caught up in the movement order restrictions that followed the outbreak of Bluetongue in 2007as the Baylham Rare Breeds herd, (where the first UK case of Bluetongue was identified), is only a few miles up the road from us. As a consequence, we were also one of the first herds to vaccinate; but thank goodness we did.

One of the many conditions of the negotiated health certificate was that the animals had to be proven immune to Blue Tongue (via a positive serological test for anti-bodies) and shown to be negative for the presence of the actual virus (PCR analysis).

All of our animals passed which not only means that the vaccine worked but goes to show the importance of vaccinating all blue-tongue susceptible animals. Without it, we wouldn't have been able to fulfill this highly significant order. It is really important for the industry as a whole that we keep the health status UK alpacas as high as possible and we would urge everyone with Camelids to keep up with the vaccination program in 2009.

Sean & The Girls Enjoying the SunSean & The Girls
Enjoying the Sun


 

 

 

 

Alpaca Adoption

We are just starting to wean our 2008 cria from their Mums and so once again we are looking for adoptive parents.

If you would like to adopt an alpaca or buy an adoption as a Gift just contact me by e mail (paul@melfordgreen.co.uk ), and I will send you a list of the animals that are available for adoption and an application form.

Adoptions run for one year. In addition to a gift wrapped certficate adoptive parents will be invited for a personal guided tour of the farm when they can meet their animal as well as the rest of the Melford Green herd. They will also recieve regular Newsletters and updates.

Cost of adoption = £40.00
 

Claudia Makes Apperance at Melford Green

Our Bank Holiday Open Days were well attended once again. Thanks to all of you that came along and supported us. Thanksare also extended to the ladies of the Mid-Essex Spinning, Weaving & Dying Guild.

On the Sunday morning visitors were able to witness the birth of our very first silver-grey female cria.

We were inundated with ideas for names. Suggestions ranged from connections with the Olympics and August to friend's birthdays. However we were particularly impressed with those suggestions that linked the colour of the cria to that of the sky given that it was a typical bank holiday weekend.

Consequently we have used a play on words and named her Claudia.

Let's hope that our famous neighbour, Miss Schiffer doesn't mind too much.