Getting to know you 54

January 8, 2020

Remember the Australian bushfires. An alternative to New Year’s Resolutions – Inspirational; Aspirational; Perspirational. Your alpacas are watching you – don’t teach them bad habits. Create an environment that makes for happy and healthy alpacas.

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ted and bessie

Ted & Bessie in Norfolk

July 17, 2019

Ted and Bessie – moved to Norfolk

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alpaca shearing on the horizon

Warm weather turns thoughts to alpaca shearing

May 13, 2019

Alpaca shearing approaches as the weather gets more dependable but do not shear too early or extra protection from potential night frosts will be needed.

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Moving experiences with alpacas – Steve Heatherington

February 27, 2019

Here are some basic principles that will help you get started Alpacas are herd animals and like to stay together as a group (mostly) therefore, it is easier to treat them as one and move the whole group whenever possible. They respond to herding pressure – as you move towards them they will tend to […]

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Knowing your alpacas – Steve Heatherington

February 20, 2019

When you are around alpacas, It doesn’t take you long to realise that they are different from each other. I’m not just talking about the way they look for example colour, confirmation or fleece coverage. It is also true of the way they behave. In this episode I want to take some time to consider […]

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Hannah Williams of Penrhallt Alpacas

February 13, 2019

Hannah Williams started 7 years ago with 3 castrated male alpacas but with a year she was buying females and began breeding and currently has a herd of 36. Experienced in farming she discovered alpacas are similar but different from other livestock and are both delightful and rewarding. She sells pet boys and breeding stock […]

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Could I keep alpacas? Questions to answer before you buy

February 6, 2019

Could I keep alpacas? Seen alpacas and think you would like some of your own? You need to know what is involved and the questions you should answer before buying an alpaca. Have you got enough? money; land; knowledge; capacity Business or hobby? Large or small? Breeding or pets? Will you show them? Looking from […]

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Alpaca Tribe – Episode 5 – Nick and Jo Davies on adding alpacas to holiday accommodation

January 30, 2019

In this episode, we will be considering how alpacas and holiday-lets can work together to make a great experience for visitors and how alpacas can be added to what you are already doing. I first met Nick and Joe Davies at one of our home-farm open days. They had a look in their eyes and […]

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Alpaca Tribe – Episode 3 – Jen Delucia on fibre

January 16, 2019

Over the last few years, Jen Delucia has been hand spinning and producing yarn for sale, as well as to use in her decorative wall hangings, both of which she sells on Etsy. Some of her inspiration comes from family connections with Patagonia as well as the coastal area where she lives. Her small business […]

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Alpaca Tribe – Episode 2

January 9, 2019

Rowan Flindall-Shayle, well known in the alpaca world, is both gregarious and passionate about alpacas since she first met them and found herself through her work, suddenly made responsible for a group of eight alpacas and having to learn how to care for them and deal with the practicalities of the how-to’s e.g. shearing and […]

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