Park Side Suri is an alpaca farm in Essex, England.
On this website you will find pages detailing our stud services, alpaca sales, alpaca fibre and information about alpacas as well as news and blog details of our show experience, pictures of alpaca cria and our occasional blogs. We also have a facebook page – click the image on the right to follow us.
We set up our herd in 2014 and specialize in Suri alpacas.
Suris are the rare breed, luxury version of alpacas, producing long, lustrous locks with more silk-like qualities than the more common huacaya alpacas. They are intelligent and curious and make every effort to understand what we humans are trying to communicate. They grace our paddocks and are a delight to see gamboling in the fields as their long locks flow with their movement.
As well as short items of news we occaisionall post longer stories of our lives shared with alpacas. Viv’s views include life stories of alpacas observed from the vantage of working full time on the farm. Ian’s diary takes a somewhat quirky view of the responsibilities of managing the pasture from the perspective of Ian who has to juggle alpaca land management with another job. There is more about our farm on About Us.
The Park Side Suri herd was formed in 2014 using quality foundation stock from several established UK breeders. We have three stud males standing at Park Side for the 2017 season. Pinkney Jetstream is our proven black stud, with three black champion offspring including the 2016 BAS National Champion black female suri. Hilly Ridge Balius Blue is our supreme champion light fawn stud who now has junior progeny who will be part of our show team in 2017. Whistling Dream Catcher is a younger light fawn stud. His first cria are expected in 2017. We have two up and coming young males who should be working in 2018.
We usually have a small number of animals adverstised for sale on our alpaca sales page but please feel free to call or visit to discuss your requirements as we have other animals that are not advertised and we can also put together ‘Best of both worlds’ packages of a mix of suri and huacaya with our partners at Hilly Ridge. Read more on our Sales Support page
Our first ever shearing was on the 14th May 2015. We learned to process our fibre: skirting fleeces, entering fleece classes (and winning rosettes) and learning to spin yarn. For 2016 Ian learned to shear and we improved our shearing set-up, skirting all the blankets on shearing day as they came off the animal. Every year as we experiment we discover more about how to use our fantastically lustrous and silky suri fibre.