Snuff Mill Lane,
Cumbria CA11 0HA.
Tel/Fax: 01768 891440.
to Lake Ullswater, this unique centre set in rolling countryside,
is a beautiful place to see Alpacas and a chance to discover so
centre is the only one of its type in the UK and has been developed
to expand the knowledge of the Alpacas, its products and its viability
as a farm animal for fibre production.
is run by Joy and Garry Stevenson in association with Pat Bentley
who has been rearing and farming Alpacas for over 15 years.
Alpaca is a product of ancient Andean civilisations, where 6,000
years ago it had already evolved from the vicuna to produce a unique
fibre in great quantities.
of Alpaca fibre reached its height in the time of the Incas where
it was reserved to clothe the nobility.
owes much of its beauty to the genetic inheritance from the wild,
distinctive vicuna, which produces the finest fibre in the world.
The vicuna, however, resisted domestication and hence the development
of the Alpaca, a placid, co-operative camelid growing exceptional
fibre was first processed in Britain by Titus Salt of Saltire, into
cloth for high quality clothing, cherished for its texture, warmth
British production is in its infancy, Alpaca wool has become more
and more important to designers and manufacturers who recognise
its fine insulating properties.The centre is open Easter to October,
10:30am to 5/6pm - Closed Mondays. Open Bank Holiday Mondays.
winter weekernds 10:30am to 4:30pm. Winter week Days - Please telephone
for arrangements. (Tel: 01768 891440).
centre welcomes visitors of all kinds:
Those with just a general interest and a fascination to know more.
Schools who wish to introduce children to Alpacas or with a project
Other organised groups.
Agricultural, textile or veterinary students.
Those examining the possibilities of farming Alpacas.
Acts as an Alpaca stud too
Has Alpacas for sale
Is a development centre for Alpaca husbandry
Provides a shearing service.
centre hosts a Spirit of the Andes shop stocking a wide
variety of Alpaca goods and clothing for sale. Spirit of the
Andes has become the leading European brand of handmade Alpaca
knitwear. Designed in the North of England, and handmade in Peru
using only the best quality Alpaca wool, two collections with
a difference are produced each year, combining simple sophistication
with a touch of latin flair.
The British Alpaca Society ( BAS )
Society aims to:
Promote high standards of welfare, breeding and fibre.
Inform and educate members and the general public on the breeding,
rearing and care of Alpacas.
Establish and run efficient and effective registers.
Members will also benefit from the exchange of information and
from BAS demonstrations and social events.
further information about the British Alpaca Society please contact:
Pat Bentley, Tel: 01931 714373
The British Alpaca Society
Registered Office: 4th Floor,
The Quadrangle, Imperial Square,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1YX
Registration No: 3256068 Incorporated in England and Wales.
are native to the high Andeasn regions of South America. They are
primarily found in Peru, Bolivia and Chile.
evidence shows that Alpacas were domesticated several thousand years
are hardy, adaspt well to most climates and live to between 15 and
grow to around one metre at the shoulder, and weigh between 60 to
80 kilos (130 to 175 pounds).
mature at between two and three years, and are as easily managed
as females which mature at one year.
are easily managed. Routine husbandry includes annual or biennial
shearing, regular worming, vaccination against clostridial disease
and occasional trimming of teeth and feet.
are herd animals and should not be kept alone, although they can
graze quite happily with other animals. A stocking rate of 9-12
per acre is acceptable, depending on grass conditions.
hay and small amounts of concentrate make up the bulk of their diet.
They must have a supply of clean drinking water.
can winter out with access to a field shelter.
stock fencing is adequate.
normal gestation period is 11.5 months with one cria being born,
usually during daylight hours. Birthing complications are rare.
have been selectively bred for fibre colour and fineness for thousands
of years. Alpaca fibre is produced in 22 natural shades, from white
through fawn, brown and grey to black.
fibre is not only soft and lustrous, it is also one of the strongest
natural fibres. This exquisite fibre has many uses from the finest
gossamer shawls, through a variety of elegant, light and warm luxury
garments to robust, hardwearing, cosy socks!
fibre grows continuously so can be sheared at ant time when the
weather is suitable. An Alpaca will produce two to three kilos of
fibre each year.
British Alpaca Society is co-ordinating the development of Alpaca
fibre processing, from raw fleece to value added product, via a
Alpaca Scotland at Old Ravenshaw Farm, Langbank, PA14 6YG. Tel: 01475
540 409 E-mail: email@example.com
stocks Alpacas which can be "owned" from a distance.