Category Archives: Viv’s Views

Alpaca Sisters

The story of the show careers of Fantasia and friends. Fantasia’s fleece was already about three inches long when she came to us.  The tips were brown but underneath, all the way to her skin, she was a lustrous black … Continue reading

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Overheard in the Boy’s Paddock

March 2016 Male alpacas kept as studs are a bit like a bunch of lads out for a few beers after work.  The talk tends to be on one topic (and it’s not football).  Sometimes I can almost hear their … Continue reading

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Bolshoi

January 2015 Once upon a time there was a little boy who wouldn’t eat his dinner……. The little boy was an alpaca called Bolshoi. My friend Jo had bought him because his fleece was wonderfully fine and soft. She brought … Continue reading

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Mixed Blessings

December 2014 This story is about us learning to manage stud males.  If you want alpacas as pets you can easily avoid these sorts of problems by buying castrated males.  As a bonus this will mean that their fleeces will … Continue reading

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Hello Girls

Winter 2014 The beginning of December 2014, the first arrivals in our newly fenced paddocks had been boys.  Two days later and our herdlet of girls arrived in the dark.  Next morning, (and almost every morning since then) Ian and … Continue reading

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Summer 2014 – Fantasy Alpaca Herd

There will always be something dream-like surrounding the memory of our first encounter with alpacas. We had gone to stay with our friends, Ian and Fiona, in Australia, combining pleasure with a business trip.  After the long flights and a … Continue reading

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