Alpaca Evolution is a new alpaca business formed from Nick Harrington Smith’s The Alpaca Stud and Shirley Isseyegh’s Merrifield Alpacas in late 2017.
Their vision statement is: Alpaca Evolution is committed to the success of the worldwide alpaca industry and realising the potential and possibilities this offers. We are passionate about the alpaca, our herd and continuing to progress the quality of our genetics without compromising our high standards in ensuring the welfare of our herd. It is our dream to continue the ever-evolving process of breeding the very best alpacas.
In 1998, Nick Harrington-Smith became manager of the UK’s then largest herd of alpacas. When this business was sold in 2005 he was faced with the big question of what next? The answer had to be alpacas and so The Alpaca Stud was formed. Throughout his career Nick has been involved in the selection of breeding stock worldwide assessing many thousands of alpacas in the process. It is this depth of experience, backed up by his American and British judging qualifications, that gave confidence to Shirley Isseyegh when Nick was seeking a new business partner to continue the development of the Alpaca Stud herd. Shirley had come from a background in hospitality owning and running a prominent hotel in central London.