Richard Beale

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Richard Beale on May 30 whilst travelling in France. Richard was best known to the alpaca community through his Stanford Livestock International Ltd, a company that smoothed the way through numerous alpaca imports and exports.

Those of you who spent hours in the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow, panic rising as someone at the other end hadn’t filled in the paperwork correctly or the vet at Heathrow couldn’t find the chip, will remember Richard’s incredible calm. Chaos might have been breaking out around him but Richard remained quiet, patient and courteous and, as usual, sorted it all out.

An excellent speaker, Richard supported all of us in the alpaca industry and was instrumental in populating Europe and the UK with alpacas and pioneering export and import routes.

In January 2015 the business was sold to international judge and judge trainer Amanda VandenBosch as Richard approached his 80th year. Stanford Livestock International was founded as Neil Stanford Ltd in 1966 and the name was changed in 1989. The company acts as an import-export livestock agents specialising in moving only pedigree breeding farm livestock and camelids especially to and from long distance destinations. Since 1995 when it imported the first ever commercial livestock shipment of alpacas from South America to England, the company has continuously been moving alpacas, well over 4,000 to date worldwide.

Leading the way

Mostly gone are the days of charter jet shipments as today’s importers are looking for top quality genetics, these high value alpacas travel on regular passenger flights across the world

Mostly gone are the days of charter jet shipments as today’s importers are looking for top quality genetics, these high value alpacas travel on regular passenger flights across the world. The company initially came to prominence as the leading exporter of continental cattle to the Americas and Australasia during the “Exotics Boom” in the 1970s. Later in the late 1980s saw bull buying at Perth and Carlisle for overseas clients. Moving an entire herd by air, 100 head of Limousins, from Northern Ireland to Johannesburg, 99 Highland cattle also by air to Switzerland and a Welsh Black bull to Tristian du Cuna by sea were just some of the highlights. In recent years importing to Britain Lowline, an Australian breed, from Canada was another first.

Richard came from a farming family. He worked in the Supermarket Industry for twenty-five years becoming Director of Fresh Foods, Produce and Meat. He established a pedigree herd of Limousin cattle in 1974 with a number of breeding successes including Maudleyn Nandi who was the first Limousin to go on the MLC Limousin Young Bull Proving Scheme and Maudleyn Scoobiedoo purchased by the Milk Marketing Board and widely used in AI in the UK. He is a past chairman of the British Limousin Cattle Society and has held several posts in industry affairs.

Richard was a recipient of the”Chevalier Dans L’Ordre du Merite Agricole” – one of the highest civil awards available in France in recognition of the prominent role he played in the development and expansion of the Limousin cattle breed.