It can be difficult to choose the right animals and remember in a way you are buying the breeder too - at least their support and knowledge to help you as you start on an alpaca journey. Be hungry to learn and keep watching your new charges as they teach you.
Hermione; Nicola; Lalana; Juno and Scylla. We took a while to narrow down on our final selection but got there in the end and have had no regrets. If you are going through the process, take your time; engage your head; and then engage your heart. They are likely to be with you for a long time!
As summer progresses, take some time out to walk the paddocks looking for things that shouldn't be there - in particular weeds and poisonous plants. Now is a great time to be digging up ragwort - at least in our neck of the woods. Catch them before they set seeds because then you will not see them so clearly and one year's seeds, seven year's weeds.
I have a question for you - "What is your favourite thing about keeping alpacas?"
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