Who are we?
Alpaca Power is owned and managed by Helen Macdonald, an experienced Registered Veterinary Nurse. She has a wealth of knowledge of animal husbandry and is an experienced alpaca breeder. The herd is managed single handedly by Helen with excellent support from close family members. Our alpacas are managed using kind and respectful methods, resulting in calm, friendly and easy to manage animals.
Helen ‘lives and breathes alpacas’ and has the knowledge base to help you achieve your goals. Whether it be owning these unique animals as pets or joining the national breeding program and developing your own breeding herd, she is here to help. She has trained with many alpaca ‘experts’ over the years and travelled to America in search of coloured bloodlines. She is committed to the development of the UK fibre industry. She also has learned a wonderful method for properly skirting fleeces for show and commercial use which has lead to excellent results in fleece shows for her and her clients.
After years of development we now offer exclusive, luxury woven alpaca products from our own herd.
After much research, we started with a small herd of solid coloured female alpacas in 2002. Originally based in Chalford, near Stroud in Gloucestershire, we started from very humble beginnings and a 10 year plan. The initial group of five alpacas slowly grew. It soon became clear that the business plan was working and so the search for a farm began. After three years of looking, eventually, we found our dream farm and expansion was possible.
The Farm – Home of Alpaca Power and the Chalford herd
We are very proud of our farm and the services we offer. Shepherds Close Farm is set in gently rolling countryside on the south western edge of the Cotswolds in South Gloucestershire. Historically, the farm was used as a sheep rearing unit. We made some changes when we moved here in 2006 and the farm now accommodates alpacas to the highest standard. With 25 acres of permanent pasture we maintain average stocking rates of less than 2 animals per acre. We make our own hay and haylage which gives us peace of mind with regard to nutrition and overall health. As well as plenty of natural shelter from hedges and trees, the barns enable us to house all our alpacas during winter as required. The entire perimeter has been professionally fenced with underground badger fencing and with the exception of the occasional new herd sire there are no animal movements onto the farm.
The farm provides the ideal premises in which to develop our herd further. We are happy to assist our clients and anyone interested in alpacas with a comprehensive range of services.