What Are Accoyos?...
The name "Accoyo" refers to an Alpaca that has
been bred at Estancia Accoyo in Peru. In the United States we use
the name "Accoyo" to refer to alpacas imported from the estancia or
to direct descendants of these imports. An alpaca is considered to
be a pure Accoyo if its parents are both pure Accoyos.
Estancia Accoyo is located in Macusani, Peru at elevation from
feet above sea level. Since there are few places in the world where
animals of any kind are raised at that altitude, it follows that
only hearty animals prosper. And since alpacas are valued primarily
for their fleece, it is to assume that they would have superior
coats. This has been proven at alpaca shows in Peru and the United
States. According to National Geographic Magazine, Macusani, Peru,
is the world center for Alpaca fiber production. While there are
other ranches on the Alta Plano of Peru, it is Don Julio Barreda at
his Estancia Accoyo who has controlled and maintained the breeding
program that has made these animals world famous. The political
turmoil in Peru has had a toll on the many ranches and their alpaca
Don Julio has maintained the royal bloodlines, breeding carefully.
In his own words:” I have been able to breed well defined Alpaca
phenotypes with an absence of atypical animals. I attribute Accoyo's
success at breeding Alpacas with superior production qualities to
the father's lineage."
The care of the animals at Estancia Accoyo may be another factor.
The fact is, he has produced superior animals who, by natural
selection, survive in this harsh environment, eating only what
nature provides. Don Julio, on his visits to North America, has some
interesting thoughts on the environment here and the effect of our
more involved herd management.
The Accoyo production charts document a doubling of annual fleece
yield per animal since 1946. During the same period, the herd's
average body weight per animal has increased 25%.
Don Julio Barreda Breeding Program
Don Julio describes his breeding philosophy: "After more than four
decades of breeding Alpacas, I can identify some modest
achievements. The Accoyo herd is uniform in all respects. I have
been able to breed well-defined Alpaca phenotypes with an absence of
atypical animals. There are no Huarizos, Suri Huacayas, or Huacaya
Suris in my herd.
I attribute Accoyo's success at breeding Alpacas with superior
production qualities to the father's lineage. My machos were all
bred and selected at Accoyo, and my herd has not suffered from the
influence of unknown sires with unknown fathers. I can truly say
that the sires at Accoyo have been more than enough, and I am proud
of the results."
line is the
pinnacle of what all alpaca breeders should strive for today in
look, fleece quantity, fineness, and confirmation. Full
Accoyo dams and herdsires remain a prized commodity for those
breeders looking to pass on an elite heritage and quality fleece in
their own herds.