Measuring the field

The fence is top of the list to sort. I need to split the field in two where the track runs down the middle so we have two areas that the alpacas can ove between. I measured how much fencing I will need this evening. It was a beautiful dusk, the crows and pigeons were making sure they were being heard. The whole area to be fenced is 262m done by stride. As we will be making the fence with coppiced willow and hazel, maybe a little alder and chestnut, which don’t have large diameters maybe 6 cm on average, we will put a post every metre. Gates are a whole other issue. Will try to find some second hand.

Also need to source feed including hay, feeders, and all the other bits we will need like storage containers. I’m not worried yet though. Am doing lots of researching online. Wondering which of the three books to buy, OK so really I want all three for comparision, but will have to choose. Any suggestions?

Llamas and Alpacas, a Guide to Management - Gina Bromage


Caring for Llamas and Alpacas - Clare Hoffman and Ingrid Asmus
If you have read any of these I would love to know what you think?

Bodmin Alpacas

I have found some Cornish alpacas (ok so only two are borna nd breed) and they will be moving in with us mid April. Julie Taylor-Brown of Carthvean sent me the details of a friend who was retiring and selling her herd so I jumped on it. After a couple of nail biting days hoping she would return my email we arranged a visit. I took Jamila and Jonas up to Bodmin although I could have taken half my family everyone is so keen. Theresa was lovely and made us feel very welcome. The alpacas were immediatley inquisitive and their fleece was super shiny so I knew they were the animals I had been dreaming of for so long. The have all the qualities that I have been looking for to start trekking; friendly curious with a bit of bounce and playfulness.

They are a great mix of colours; The girls are two white, one brown, one black and the boys are one white with a brown saddle, one brown and one black. All the boys are wethers (castrated) and although I fell in love with Aragon (stud male) I have to be sensible with the space we have at Chyangwens.

I have much to organise in the next three weeks before the gorgeous ‘pacas come to live.