Park Side Suri is an alpaca farm in Wethersfield in North 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. Alpacas 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 occaisionally 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. Our three original stud males are now for sale having been extremely successful in creating daughters. Pinkney Jetstream is our proven black stud, with four black champion offspring including the 2016 BAS National Champion black female suri. Hilly Ridge Balius Blue is our supreme champion light fawn stud who seems to have a particular forte in making dramatic improvements siring coloured, fine, well-fleeced offspring over poorer quality, coarse, coloured females. Whistling Dream Catcher is a younger light fawn stud. All of them have progeny that can be viewed here at Parkside. We have three up and coming young males who are working for the first time in 2018.
With a spectacularly successful year in breeding as well as in showing last year, we have a number of animals for sale as we need to reduce the herd a bit to make room for the youngsters. We have a small number advertised 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.