OUR SMALL HERD

Our four boys came from Ardo Alpacas in Aberdeenshire. We are not alpaca breeders and have our boys purely as pets. Our experience is that you don't need to be a breeder and that a 'batchelor herd' can give much pleasure to the owner. We have 8 acres including our big garden and grazing for the boys, 15 miles north of Inverness, Scotland. I spin, knit, felt and crochet with the fleece from the boys.

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Sunday, 23 August 2009

We haltered the boys this weekend and found that Gaucho is still a little wary, especially when being led. Gully takes the halter well, and led well. Fergus halters very well but doesn't like walkies too much! The two new boys have settled into the herd now and we had an evening run around the field yesterday, Gaucho and Gully 'prancing' with all the boys in a long line. Had a visit from a friend today who has 4 alpacas and we hope to put on a small display locally at a market day on Sat 5th Sept 09. We hope that this will improve knowledge and the profile of alpacas in this area.

2 comments:

  1. Do you breed for their wool or to raise them just to have them? or both!! Are you going to be getting a female at any point? Guess that would put the boys in a tizzy at times - Might not want to fuss with that - Just curious as to what you were wanting with them...debbie (they are so cute!)

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  2. Hi Debbie

    We just love having the boys around. Do not intend to breed so no point in getting a female.
    Last year after we sheared them we ended up with bags of fleece, we are now exploring different ways of using it - we intend to put a posting on the blog about it later.
    Shirley

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