Our wondrous stud male, Dylan, who has been staying at Alpacas of Wales over near Llandysul has now moved to new lodgings – still with Alpacas of Wales, but at Llwynmarch – their new site near Llandeilo.
He is up for sale, sadly.
After five years here we have realised that we just don’t have what it takes to run a successful alpaca business, both in terms of land and resources and in ourselves, for different reasons. We didn’t go into it completely blind, but we obviously had no experience, and if I knew then what I know now … etc etc.
The alpaca business climate has also changed, not just in relationship to the wider economic recession, but also because when we bought in 2008, Bovine TB had yet to make any impact on UK alpacas. Since then it has become big news with alpacas not only being affected, but even being scapegoated in some quarters. We’ve had no problems here, but some other local farms have received serious hassle, despite being TB free.
With regard Dylan, the fact that he has to reside elsewhere has become unacceptable for me – I want my alpacas here. Unfortunately, we just don’t have enough space for him to be kept happily with other males – not when the girls are just over the fence!
So for us it’s back to roots with the alpacas – some animals for keeping the grass down, and for the wondrous fleece, and for the sheer delight of their company. No more breeding.
Along with Dylan, we’re also selling off the young ones, as always planned, and also Olive our top breeding female. Although she is something of a mascot for Pistyll Gwyn it seems wrong to keep her and notbreed from her as she is such a star alpaca.