Brock-o-Dale Fleur de Lys with her mother Poppy
We are a small-scale breeder of alpacas concentrating on breeding for quality rather than quantity, which gives us lots of time to handle, train, and socialise our cria very well. Occasionally we might have alpacas available for sale -- please get in touch on the contact page if you would like to find out more.
Brock-o-Dale Patience with her mother Bess
Costa 'Valley View Costa' Trident 'Brock-o-Dale Trident' Trebuchet 'Brock-o-Dale Trebuchet'
Bess 'Motcombe Bess' Olivia 'Motcombe Olivia' Poppy 'Motcombe Poppy'
In the UK, alpacas are kept for their fibre, for guarding livestock from foxes, which they will trample and kill if they have the opportunity, as 'lawnmowers', or quite often simply as pets because they are delightful animals who are enjoyable to watch and fun to handle! Alpacas are sociable herd animals and must not be kept alone. For those wanting to own some alpacas, half an acre if properly managed can suitably accommodate two gelded males. For those wishing to keep females and breed, an acre of paddock is a suitable starting area for a group of three females and their first cria (young), although if you intend to expand you will need additional paddocks. Alpacas can be trained to walk on a halter and taken for walks, so if you live in the countryside with a bit of grazeable land and want a pet you can interact with but don't like having animals indoors, alpacas can be something to consider. They aren't smelly or noisy (the noises they tend to make are quiet and actually rather amusing) and are hardy and easy to care for. They generally do not trigger allergies, and indeed the non-irritating nature of the fibre is what makes it popular for clothing.
Trident (Brock-o-Dale Trident) goes for a walk in the woods
Alpacas are members of the camelid group which also includes llamas and camels. They originate from Peru where they are bred for their fibre and as a source of meat. In Peru where it is popular to dye fibre, the white alpacas are the most desired, but in the UK where there is a greater interest in natural fibres and animals as pets, the coloured alpacas with their great variety of shades are often considered more valuable. The quality of fibre can be assessed by laboratory analysis and animals that yield fleeces that are both dense and composed of fine fibres with a small diameter are considered the best.
Alpacas can be contained with fairly basic fencing. They are herbivores and should be provided grazing, but should be fed a small amount of concentrate and ad lib hay also. They are inquisitive and friendly, but to handle them you need to catch them, usually by feeding them in a small pen. Once they are caught, you can put halters on them and take them for walks. They do need some maintenance, including feet trimming, vaccinations, and their fleeces shorn off annually. If you would like a lower maintenance livestock guardian animal that is also inquisitive and friendly but doesn't go for walks, consider getting emus instead.