OUR SMALL HERD
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.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
You can always tell when something of interest is happening and especially if humans are approaching the paddocks - the boys give their undivided attention. Alpaca maths state that 'owners + visitors x well behaved Alpacas = a handful of goodies!' In this case the welcome visitors are Lorna Renshaw and Sandy Donaldson of Ardo Alpacas and the goodies are swedes (turnips/neeps!) Lorna and Sandy know our boys well having raised them at their Aberdeenshire farm. They haven't seen them for 7 months since they delivered Gully and Gaucho to us last summer. Lorna serves on the National Welfare Committee of the British Alpaca Society (http://www.bas-uk.com/) and is very involved with the Scottish Regional Group, Alpaca Farmers of Scotland (http://www.alpacafarmersofscotland.co.uk/) so it was good to catch up on all the wider Alpaca news.
Lorna has great fun with Fergus as he enjoys nibbling the swede.
Sandy entices Fyta with a slice.
Aaahhh - miss you Mum!
And after all the excitement, time to lie by the pool in the sun!