Alpacas at Apple Tree Farm
Alpacas are herd animals, and the smallest members of the camelid family, which includes llamas and camels.
They were domesticated in South American countries some 6,000 years ago and, coming from the Andes, they are very hardy creatures.
There are two types, the Huacaya and the Suri, the only difference between them being the way their fleece grows.
These endearing though shy creatures will give you lots of love once they get to know you.
That’s why the farm works the alpacas to provide therapeutic sessions for children and young adults with a range of disabilities, as part of the care farming activities.
The alpacas are bred every other year so do keep an eye on the calendar to see when cria are next due to be born.
Why keep alpacas – and how do you start?
Alpacas are bred not only for their therapeutic role but for their fleece (see below) and to sell. They are in demand not only because of their many attractive qualities – these quiet animals require very little upkeep, their soft padded toes are gentle on the ground, so it doesn’t get churned up easily. Because they are herding animals it’s important to keep at least two, though three or more are preferable. You can keep up to 5 on just one acre, though a little more space would allow for grazing rotation. And they do need shelter from the summer sun. If you are considering starting your own alpaca herd, the farm team would be happy to talk to you about owning these animals.
Alpaca fleece and yarn
Alpaca fleece is highly sought-after due to its hypoallergenic features, because it is durable and silky and much softer and warmer than sheep’s wool. Lacking lanolin, it is easy to clean too. There is often a good supply raw fleece in a variety of natural colours for crafters and wool spinners. Please contact the farm team for more information on fleeces available for sale.
Alpacas For Sale
Park Farm Phileas
Solid Mid Brown Huacaya
Ear tag on file
BAS Registered breeding male
Pippin Farm Conrad
Dark Brown Huacaya
Ear tag on file
BAS Registered Male