From the early days of Watership Alpacas, carefully selected outside studs have helped improve the herd, so the herd has benefited from some of the best genetics. Now, studs with champion fathers have joined the herd. The aim is healthy alpacas with increasingly improved fleece characteristics. The latest baby alpacas (cria) are looked forward to each Spring, each always with a different look and character. As we are members of the British Alpaca Society that co-ordinate all aspects of alpaca welfare and management, all our cria are registered and microchipped.
We usually have a range of alpacas for sale-from cria to middle aged. Our older alpacas retire with us. Please take a look at those listed. You are very welcome to visit by appointment-we will enjoy showing you our animals and sharing our experience.
Free delivery up to 100 miles. Vets certificates can be supplied if required. If you can't see what you are looking for please call as we can help you to find a perfect match.
FROM FIELD TO FASHION
Our fibre is used to produce “slow” clothing (it takes a long time from field to finished garment!). The fibre is 100% produced on our own land and sheared from our own alpacas each year
We produce natural fleece outer wear with silk or viscose lining-this means no polluting artificial fibre! In line with our “local, sustainable” approach, fibre from our own alpacas is taken to a family run traditional mill in Wales. There, it is carded to prepare it for spinning, then spun and woven into a range of fabrics and textiles. We take the fabric to our chosen family-run manufacturer in Sheffield, England where clothing is cut, sewn and finished.
Each garment has the British Alpaca Society “pure fibre marque”.
Only the natural colour is presented-we do not dye our fibre. Our range and their availability is limited, naturally, each year.
A particular success in our management of the land is the way it supports wildlife. Keeping as natural a succession of wild flowers in the meadows as possible and the presence of animals giving manure, means that we support a healthy and varied insect population. The recent addition of a large, deep wildlife pond also helps. The microfauna then support a variety of birds including swallows that nest in the field shelters and stable. Buzzards and kites seem to like our land-and we see busy field voles. We have hedgehogs visiting and overwintering. The winter-visiting thrushes enjoy our hawthorn and rosehips. Permanent pasture is an important carbon retainer.