We are ethical breeders of Huacaya Alpacas. We run a business where alpacas are the focus, however they also all have their own character and personality and are part of the family. The welfare and well-being of all our animals is always our number one priority. Just a few of our welfare considerations:
- Our alpacas are never bred before they are ready and never before two years of age.
- Cria are never weaned too early and are always weaned in groups to cause minimum stress (the mums are usually ready for a break!)
- We shear all alpacas once a year just before the summer, alpacas need to be shorn as they don’t lose fleece naturally and suffer from heat and fly problems if left with a long fleece.
- The shearing process is carried out by ourselves, with absolute care and consideration for each alpaca, especially for pregnant females who will be shorn at least eight weeks before due date.
- Adult males and females are always kept separately, without exceptions – the females do not like to be pestered!
- All alpacas receive the best food and health care they need and deserve.
- We have a Animal Welfare License issued by East Devon District Council and undergo a full inspection every three years plus a spot check in-between, to ensure we are meeting requirements. (19/00088/PERFAN)
Alpaca farming is kind to the land and the animals themselves. We take care to choose eco-friendly farming and business methods where possible, to limit our impact on the environment. Alpacas help us out with this themselves:
- Alpacas live to between 15 and 20 years on average and produce fleece their whole lives. In their younger years, their fibre is perfect to produce beautifully soft yarns and when their fleece becomes too coarse to use for yarn, many can still be bred to pass on favourable traits.
- As alpacas do not produce lanolin the fleeces are free of grease, therefore the processing of the fleece does not require harsh chemicals or scouring.
- Alpacas have padded feet meaning they are soft on the land and do not poach the ground. As they have a split upper lip with a bottom row of teeth and an upper dental gum they can easily nibble at the pasture without damaging vegetation roots.
- Whilst we do need to maintain bio-security, we do so with as little impact as possible. We use fencing and deterrents to keep wildlife from surrounding woodland from entering the paddocks with the alpacas.
- Alpacas are very efficient at drinking and eating what they need, without waste – they also gather a good amount of their moisture from the grass itself.
- They provide excellent bird nesting material and we quite often see birds collecting their fleece from fences or the alpacas themselves!