Julie Taylor-Browne of CamelidSense writes: In the fifteen years I have been training and working with camelids and their owners, I have seen and heard too many heart-breaking stories about ‘beserk’ alpacas.
Alpaca trekking has become a big business all over Britain with hundreds of farms welcoming members of the public to walk an alpaca.
Many readers will have read the obituaries in the broadsheets for General Sir John Wilsey; only those who were in the alpaca business in its earlier days will have known of his significant involvement in the development of the industry.
The sight and sound of alpaca dams moaning and fixing the breeder with an accusatory stare and whining cria working on their best Houdini escape route, is upon us. It is weaning time.
The tradition of weaving in Peru stretches back through 5,000 years of history, from the coastal cities of Paracas and Nazca to the high Andean communities of Cusco and Ayacucho.
The potato is immensely important to the people of South America where thousands of varieties are grown. Traditionally the tubers were freeze dried but this is becoming more difficult due to climate change.
It is the Summer of 2000 and membership of the British Alpaca Society has risen to three hundred and eighty.
Maximising value from your fleeces is what most alpaca breeders strive to do but don’t necessarily know how to do it or what their end game is.