Trevor and Jill Allan are Gem Alpaca Stud here in Fairlie, South Canterbury, New Zealand.
We're based in the beautiful Mackenzie Country. Extremely hot summers and very cold winters, just the way the alpaca like it.
A population in Fairlie of approx 800 and what a little town it is. Even the visitors to the area are amazed at what this little rural town has to offer. Check us out on the Fairlie Website
We purchased our property in Fairlie in 2002. Moving from Dunedin us city slickers have adapted really well to country life and community living.
We've created a few firsts for Fairlie. When we arrived we had Gizmo our Rainbow lorikeet, an absolute wee character of a bird, loved by all who met him. No one else had one of these funny birds here.
Then we introduced the alpaca to the community, that was a big hit, these new long necked sheep things. We soon got the towns folk educated to realise they weren't sheep, far from it. We have school visits to the farm taking in Genetics lessons and much more.
A couple of years later we added the Llama to the mix and have been taking them round the town through the school and to pet days at Kindy and even through Moreh House our local fully community supported elderly folk home.
We couldn't stop at that so Trevor (the electronics tinkering guru) decided Fairlie needed it's own small local radio station. Hence a year ago Gem FM was created. Just a small local radio station. 24 hour music (as long as we don't have a power cut) wonderful old songs you don't hear any more through to around the 90's era. No talking, no competitions just good old music. Tune in if you're driving through to 88.3 FM
So after ten years of breeding these stunning alpaca our fibre is now high quality and we have sufficient alpaca to have our own little shop in town. So on the 3rd June The Paca Shack was born.
No empty shops about but we were given the chance to sell from The Fairlie Hotel restaurant on the Main Street. Thanks Renee and family.
Then a shop became available just in time and on the 1st October 2011 we moved in to our own little Paca Shack at 77 Main Street, Fairlie.
We breed mainly Browns and Greys with a few other colours in between. But it gives us a big range of natural colours to sell.
None of our own yarn is dyed. They produce such a cool range of natural colours that we buy in any coloured yarn we sell.