Welcome to SimplyAlpaca
This is the home of the Jasmine herd where we produce individually hand crafted textiles, offer handling training and fibre workshops, stud services, educational birthday parties, alpaca trekking and holiday accommodation
But why Alpacas? Alpacas are not part of the food chain and that allows us to develop a relationship with our animals. We enjoy introducing them to others, particularly children, hence hosting the birthday parties for "children" of all ages.
Alpacas are fascinating, inquisitive and intelligent creatures that respond to patient and gentle handling. Victoria is now a Practitioner in Camelidynamics, which is a respectful and effective approach to training and handling alpacas developed Marty McGee Bennett which we are endeavouring to learn and use for the better care of our animals.
Alpacas have a life span of 15 to 20 years and we are breeding them for the fabulous fibre they grow. So in addition to having a long reproductive life, they will provide fleece which inspired us to start our workshops. Here we can show the raw fleece from our own animals after shearing then the preparation, felting and spinning of the fibre into yarn that can be made into high quality clothing.
Alpacas have soft padded feet, making them gentle on their pastures, so are the ultimate "green" lawnmower for those who would like to keep pet alpacas. The young are known as "cria" are born after an 11-12 month gestation and pet animals are available after they have been weaned at about 6-8 months of age. The average height of an adult alpaca is 36" at the withers, and they weigh from 50 to 90kg and are easily handled by most people.
Their husbandry requirements include regular worming, toenail trimming, shearing and annual vaccinations.
We are Midlands based in the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire on the edge of the Cotswolds and in easy reach of Stratford on Avon (M40 Junction 15) and the cathedral city of Worcester (M5Junction 6).