Steve & Emma Cooper have grown both in herd numbers and in developing alpaca fleece products for sale in a variety of Farmer’s Markets. Ringing the changes and knowing his customers, he puts on his sun cream and sells hats and scarves to summer tourists in St David’s, while through the winter he has a presence in a more traditional local markets.
Successfully accessing grant funding to help develop their business so far, there are further plans afoot. Not easy to do but they have made it work.
As well as the 45 strong herd of alpacas, they have a small flock of sheep (with lambs arriving as we speak) plus some longhorn cattle.
Based in Carmarthenshire in West Wales, I got on the road and went to meet them. Listen to our conversation in this week’s episode and see what is possible. You don’t have to grow big but if you want to there are routes to follow on your alpaca journey.
Carmarthenshire-based Tynewydd Alpacas is a family-run business, set up by husband and wife Steve and Emma Cooper. With a passion for the outdoors, the couple moved to Wales in 2015 and decided to start a new venture and grow their own alpaca herd. Soon after, Steve and Emma started making product…