Why Keep Alpacas?
Keeping alpacas is a wonderful and rewarding experience. Their calm and inquisitive nature makes them great companions to spend your time with. Just like humans, alpacas have a variety of personalities – whether cheeky, bold or loving, alpacas can help to reduce stress, bringing you happiness and joy.
At Fostings, we decided to keep alpacas as Alice has been fascinated by llamas and alpacas since her school years. She worked with a small group of alpacas over several years, and discovered first-hand how humans could build strong relationships with these caring creatures. We wished to dedicate more time to individual animals rather than traditional farming, and so looked to alpacas.
The calm and gentle nature of alpacas makes them the ideal pet. If trained from an early age, alpacas can be walked, so you can go out for a stroll together. above.
Their fleece or 'fibre' can be used to produce soft fibre products such as blankets, socks and hats. It lacks lanolin (the oily substance found in sheep wool) so is not greasy to work with.
Alpacas are often used as flock guards to livestock such as turkeys, chickens and sheep. They are excellent at chasing away uninvited wildlife.
Many Glamping sites have taken to keeping alpacas as they provide an interest to guests and add something more unusual to the appeal.
Alpacas often feature as part of breeding herds, to continue producing the wonderful cria.
Alpacas can be a great way to diversify from traditional farming as they can provide good revenue in time with far better profit margins compared with sheep!
If you are interested in keeping alpacas, we recommend visiting a few alpaca keepers (covid-19 restrictions permitting) in order to discover first-hand how herds are managed and cared for. We offer valuable guidance and support to individuals considering keeping alpacas; just contact us for further information.