The last few weeks we have been busy with alpaca sales. We have recently sold alpacas as far away as Yorkshire as well as to more local destinations. With very few exceptions we deliver our girls and boys ourselves. Although we are sad to see them go there is something very special about unloading the trailer and seeing the joy they bring to their new owners.
After five years on our farm, Ivywell Alpacas have moved to their new base near Bristol. The alpacas enjoyed their own fields, isolated from our herd. Last winter their fields took a real battering from all the wet weather and needed a really good rest. We were pretty knackered as well, keeping 60 alpacas indoors for weeks at a time! The herd are now being looked after by their owners and we wish Alex and Ruth every success for the future. I hope that this winter is better for all alpacas and owners out there!
Chalford Prince (of Darkness) has gone to a lovely new home not too far away and has settled in very nicely with his new alpaca friends. He immediately established himself as the boss of the group and really makes an impression! Prince was chosen for the quality and sheer blackness of his fleece which will be hand spun by his owner to make knitting yarn.
Next, we are off delivering 3 wethers to Cheltenham. They are joining a group of 10 males we sold back in 2007. We have already wormed them using our quarantine worming regime. Tomorrow, we will be reminding them how to load into the trailer ready for their trip.
We still have another delivery to do later this month. This will bring our alpaca head count down to 44. We still have some alpacas for sale and will have some young males ready in time for Spring next year. We are also getting excited about a very special collection before Christmas! More about that nearer the time.. 🙂
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