We have ten alpacas happily roaming on our 10 acre paddock. There are five Huacaya and five Suri (more on the difference between them below). Our big excitement for 2020 was that our first two Bewl Rookery Cria were born in May and July respectively. As they are both boys it has meant we have now created two separate areas in our paddock for the boys and the girls. In the summer of 2021, we hope to be welcoming two more cria.
Our two Cria, Bosky and Treacle grew up meeting lots of people and seeing lots of carrots as they were here when our new season of Alpaca Afternoon Teas began in July 2020 (they didn’t know about eating carrots as they were too young!) You can find out more about our teas here. Along with the rest of the team, they love meeting people, eating carrots and posing for selfies with guests!
We think you’ll love our alpacas so much that you may want to adopt one and enjoy all the updates, photos and fun that involves.
In 2021 we are launching our Paca-picnic. A delicious hamper of homemade goodies for your lunch is freshly prepared for you to enjoy in our copse which you walk to through our alpaca paddock.
We are proud members of the British Alpaca Society and our alpacas are all registered with them.
Alpacas come from the Altiplano in the Andes (Peru, Chile & Bolivia) and have been domesticated for 6,000 years.
They were treasured by the Incas and the fleece was reserved for royalty.
When the Spanish invaded South America they wiped out the alpaca population apart from a few who were hidden high in the Andes. These were the basis for the current population.
They are Camelids (as are Llamas) and are the smallest member of the Camel family.
There are two types of Alpaca, Huacaya (left) and Suri (right).
Alpacas have soft padded feet which makes them excellent grazers for our paddock as they leave it undamaged.
They only have teeth at the bottom and a pad on top so they are also gentle grazers
They tend to deposit their manure in set places around the field in areas called Midens
Their manure is great fertiliser – see more in my story on flowers
They can live for 20 – 25 years.
An alpaca pregnancy lasts 11 ½ months.
Alpaca fleece comes in 22 different shades of colour starting with white and ending with black with lots of different shades in between. Our herd are White, Black, Mid Brown, Dark Fawn, Mid Fawn and Light Brown.