Keeping Alpacas

  • Alpacas are probably the easiest large animal to care for.
  • As herd animals, they need to be kept in groups of at least three.
  • They need a supply of fresh water and food.
  • From Spring to Autumn they will graze grass and browse on hedge rows.
  • During winter they can be given hay.
  • We give food supplements to ensure ours get all the vitamins and minerals they need, especially when growing or pregnant.
  • When sunlight is short, they can be given extra vitamin D.
  • Alpacas are happy living in open fields.
  • We provide all of ours with access to shelter, so they can find shade, or respite from heavy rain.
  • An alpaca’s fleece isn’t oily like a sheep’s, so they’re not as waterproof.
  • They cope well with cold weather. We’ve often seen ours waking in the morning under a blanket of snow.
  • We bring all newborns into a stable for their first night, partly for shelter and partly to allow them to bond with their mother in peace.
  • We also sometimes fit youngsters with a dog coat in bad weather.
  • Alpacas can easily be trained to walk on a head collar and lead.
  • Almost all of our alpacas are head-collar trained, and we handle them frequently
  • Head-collar training isn’t done just for fun. It makes carrying out husbandry tasks much easier.
  • Some of our younger animals are available for walks, which need to be booked in advance.
  • If you're interested in knowing more about keeping alpacas please feel free to contact us (see About US -> Contact Us)