Moonlight Alpacas at Simgll Farm
We first came to live in Cumbria in 2003 having decided to have a change in lifestyle from our busy Engineering business based in Bolton. Over the last 13 years life has still been very busy but working with animals brings more pleasure than stress.
Having bred Belted Galloway Cattle for 9 years together with Herdwick & Zwartbles sheep we decided to see what Alpacas were all about. We had been told they were good guards for chickens, ducks and lambs. We first purchased 3 pet boy Alpacas. Like most people who are lucky enough to own Alpacas we fell in love with the animals, they have such an easy going nature they are easy to handle, inquisitive and very clean, this brought about another change of direction on the farm and we decided to specialise in breeding Alpacas and move away from breeding cattle and sheep.
The first 3 Alpacas were purchased in June 2010 the following year we bought some pregnant females and by the end of 2012 had 17 Alpacas. Now in 2016 we have a herd of 62 alpacas and if everything goes to plan in 2016 we should be on course to have quite a few more cria running around.
Many people ask why do you keep Alpacas? Firstly, they produce some of the finest natural fibres in existence, soft and allergy free. The fleece has 22 natural colours and can be spun, woven and felted.
Like cattle and sheep, alpacas are great lawn mowers yet they don’t ruin the land. Alpacas provide excellent manure making life easy to collect the manure as they only use one or two places leaving the rest of the fields lovely and clean. Away from a business point of view they are so relaxing to be around they have a calmness about them which makes a stress free environment.
Taking the time to learn how they act and react in the herd and with people is a pleasure to watch. It’s lovely seeing the Alpacas grazing in the fields and as any Alpaca owner will probably tell you, you just get caught by the bug and want more.
Our Alpacas are halter trained at weaning, friendly and we interact with them on a daily basis. Advice and support is always available. Simgill Farm is situated 5 minutes from J37 of the M6 and easy to find.