Alpacas of Ireland, the history

Nearly ten years ago Xandria Williams, Naturopath and Nutritionist, living and working in London, inherited fifteen acres of overgrown and very boggy land in Ireland an hourís drive from Dublin, along with two ducks, two donkeys, two dogs and a small vegetable garden. Should she sell the property or should she keep it? After two years of week-end commuting and the addition of two goats another two dozen ducks, a triple-sized organic vegetable garden and a small orchard the question still remained. Then she read an article on alpacas in a smallholding magazine and fell in love with them. The land was useless for any other form of farming but amazingly it seemed to be wonderfully suited to alpacas. She did a husbandry course and read books. It became obvious that there was a serious business opportunity available.

Alpacas of Ireland, the history

The decision was made. The fifteen acres of otherwise useless land could be the home of a considerable herd of endearing and highly profitable animals that were easy to manage and could be accommodated into a diverse lifestyle. Alpacas of Ireland was born. Every available daylight hour was spent clearing the vast amount of overgrowth and putting up fences . The first group of animals, from Chile, arrived via France within weeks. Soon after the larger group of Peruvian animals arrived via Canada. In no time there were thirty five animals including three gorgeous stud males, a few young geldings, half a dozen delightful cria and a large number of pregnant females. The next group of arrivals came from a farm in France, a group of over forty Chilean derived animals in a wide variety of wonderful colours. Since then many new cria have been born. Many animals have also been sold and now live in a variety of Irish counties. A further eight acres have been leased and the current herd is around a hundred of these delightful animals. You are welcome to come and visit and enjoy them too, as many hundreds of people have already done.

Alpacas of Ireland, the history

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