Our original 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 5 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.


Just a reminder that clicking on (most) of the photos will show them greatly enlarged.

Sunday, 24 January 2010


 'Neeps' (Swedes!) are usually associated with haggis for Burns' Suppers at this time of year.  Our boys enjoy their neeps, anytime, any place and the top photo shows Fergus (left) today getting stuck into his whilst Gaucho is thinking about it. Gully is in the background. The bottom photo shows Fyta enjoying his piece of neep.  The boys normally eat them off the ground but prefer them hand fed as they can nibble them easier.  Once they start, they leave nothing.  If you click on the picture Fergus's top plate can easily be seen
Its a misty day, cold and with lumps of snow still lying around.  It was raining earlier so the guys look a bit bedraggled.  They are beginnning to roll on the ground again after the snow, so you can imagine how they look covered in mud.


  1. Neeps! I guess they are something like yams or white beets or something in that related family. I like them too!! They are all so cute. Makes me want to hug them! But, I'm sure they smell like dirt and snow and soggy hair! lol I noticed your fences are quite high. Do they like to jump?...debbie

  2. Hi Debbie
    Swedes are root vegetables probably similar to white beet(not sure what white beet are). Alpacas do not generally jump fences. Normal stock fencing is usually ok. However they can jump and can easily clear a metre high fence. Fidget jumped ours a year after we had him. We think it was when he saw our neighbours horse. Also when working with them in a pen it needs to be about 2 metres high.

    Cheers Shirley

  3. Neeps! I will need to try that!!Great photos!!