Trip Alpaca walking awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

We are very pleased to have been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the 4th year running. We really appreciate it when guests take the time to review us on Trip Advisor – or any other forms of social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+).

We take great care to ensure our guests have the best time possible whilst also ensuring that our super friendly alpacas also enjoy meeting guests and the walk themselves. Mind you, we do offer them a couple of food treats during the walk and a large handful of pre-chopped carrots at the end of the walk.

We have been alpaca walking here at Spring Farm Alpacas for 4 years and in that time, have met some amazing people. We still really enjoy meeting like minded people and getting the chance to showcase our farm and alpacas.

So a huge thank you from us and our alpacas to everyone who took the time to review us on Trip Advisor. It is much appreciated and never taken for granted.

Chris and Vicki October 2018

Trip Alpaca walking awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

Supreme Champion Suri Fleece

Not just cute – amazing fleece as well!

Alpacas are amazing animals. Not just great fun to walk but also produce the most amazing fleece. Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we breed both sorts of alpaca – suri and Huacaya. Suri alpacas are the “dreadlock” type and Huacaya alpacas are the “teddy bear” type.

Alpacas were originally bred by humans for their fleece and its fair to say that alpaca fibre is just amazing. Amongst other attributes, a good quality alpaca’s fibre is as soft as cashmere, comes in a wide variety of natural colours, can be worn next to the skin and is also classified as flame retardant in the US and UK.

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas, we strive to produce the very best fibre (in addition to having fun walking with our alpacas) and the results speak for themselves. We recently sent 5 fleeces to the Heart of England Fleece Show 2018 with the following results:

Saffron – Brown Champion Suri Fleece

Phoenix (one of our walkers) – Reserve Champion Black Huacaya Fleece

Persephone – 3rd place Light Suri Fleece

Roman (one of our walkers) – 2nd Place White Suri Fleece

Rumour (one of our walkers) – Champion Light Suri Fleece – SUPREME CHAMPION SURI FLEECE

We have included the pictures of the fleeces below but if you are interested in fibre as well as walking – please let us know.

Spring Farm Obelix

BAS National 2018

BAS National 2018 – Spring farm Alpacas were Gold sponsors of the BAS National 2018 at Telford through our joint venture with West Wight Alpacas – Suri Stud. The BAS National hosts 560 alpacas (and their owners) and lasts for 2 days. Chris was delighted to be asked, again, to take pictures for Alpaca World.

We took 6 suri alpacas and 2 Huacaya alpacas to Telford in our alpaca van and were over the moon with our results:

Spring Farm Roman 1st

Spring Farm Saffron 1st and Reserve Champion.

Spring Farm Sansa 5th (in Saffron’s class)

Spring Farm Obelix 1st and Reserve Champion

Spring Farm Symphony 3rd

Spring Farm Sahara 5th (in the same class as Symphony)

Spring Farm Lord Percy 3rd

Spring Farm Phoenix 6th

 

The Cutest Job in the World – The Baby Alpaca Farmer

Two years ago we had a film crew here at Spring Farm Alpacas in Sussex from VICE – and the video has just been released. Its a fabulous link to watch as great advertising for both Spring Farm Alpacas and alpacas in general.
It does however just go to show that no matter how many times we mention that alpacas are bred for their fabulous luxurious fibre, what always makes the final cut is that they have big brown eyes and are unbelievably cute as crias!
So here you go: https://video.vice.com/en_uk/video/vice-the-baby-alpaca-farmer/5a9d9250f1cdb32977776d12

Enjoy!

Llama on The One Show

A grand day out!

A grand day out!

Eron and Obelix were the stars of The One Show on Thursday 25th January 2018. We took them up to London and went on live to The One Show with Matt Baker, Angela Scanlon and Julia Bradbury. Its a tad daunting going onto live television but Obelix and Eron were about as chilled as it was possible to get – certainly more so than us!

We set off at 2:30pm and arrived at BBC Broadcasting House just before 5pm. The Show went out live at 7pm and we featured right at the end. Poor Mr Knightly and Oberon came up in the van as well but as the studio had no space to erect a pen, they had to wait outside in the van (with hay and water and a nice deep bed).

After the Show was over, Angela and Julia both came outside to see Eron and Obelix and take photos and selfies along with members of the public and other members of The One Show team. We loaded up at about 8:30pm and were home by 10:20pm. All in all, a grand day out!

A grand day out at the BBC

The boys outside BBC Broadcasting House

Chris with Eron, Angela Scanlon with Obelix at the One Show

Chris with Eron, Angela Scanlon with Obelix

Julia Bradbury with Eron at a grand day out

Julia Bradbury with Eron, Vicki with Obelix

Llama on The One Show

Eron, the llama, on The One Show

Llama and alpaca live on The One Show - a grand day out

Llama and alpaca live on The One Show

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Walk with alpacas in sussex

Perfect Christmas Presents – alpaca walking vouchers!

Alpaca walking vouchers!

With Christmas just around the corner, what better time to book alpaca walking vouchers.

We offer alpaca walking vouchers which make perfect and very unusual Christmas presents. Rather than a pair of socks (alpaca of course!) we suggest that this year you invest in alpaca walking vouchers. Our vouchers enable the lucky recipient to book an alpaca walk here at Spring Farm Alpacas. We will send out your vouchers to your address by first class post so as long as you don’t leave it to the last minute, you should have them in plenty of time before Xmas.

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

November alpaca walk

Our alpaca walks are around our 110 acre farm situated in East Sussex – 1 mile or so from the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park Gardens near to the village of Fletching. We are conveniently situated for Surrey, Sussex and Kent and our nearest station (Haywards Heath) is only 45 minutes from central London by train.

Green lane alpaca trekking

Alpaca trekking through our green lane

If you would like to buy alpaca walking vouchers, please drop us an email (ideally – as we work outside 7 days a week) or call us to arrange. Each voucher to walk an alpaca costs £25 including VAT and postage. We do not put a date on our alpaca walking vouchers as we believe that if you are good enough to hand over your hard earned cash, we should honour that for as long as we are here (hopefully for a few years yet!). We can’t quite see why they should expire just because a date has changed…

A photographers dream

 

Our farm walks are through an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and our farm is in Higher Level Stewardship – so you have a good chance of seeing other native wildlife. The voucher entitles the walker to: an alpaca walk (about 50 minutes), rewarding your alpaca with carrots (supplied by us – I chop most of them !) and then a visit to meet the “mum’s and babies” group. You should allow about 2 hours in total.

We offer walks all year round, once a day and for between 2 and 10 alpacas walking. There are lots more details elsewhere on the website.

Lastly, we also offer alpaca themed cards – which can accompany your alpaca walking vouchers. Some are Winter / Christmas themed and make the perfect accompaniment to the vouchers. See the “Alpaca cards” page on this website. Here are a few Xmas options:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

Autumn colours!

AUTUMN COLOURS

When you think of a good time to go alpaca walking – most people think of Spring and Summer. However, just 1 mile from us is Sheffield Park Gardens. It’s a National Trust property and the gardens were designed by Capability Brown. Its prime viewing times are Spring and Autumn. Specifically when the trees and shrubs are coming into leaf and flowering – and when the Autumn colours change the hues of the leaves…so October and November.

Here at Alpaca Walking with Spring Farm Alpacas, we are next door to Sheffield Park Gardens on one side. I can’t pretend our farm was laid out by Capability Brown, but its fair to say that walking alpacas at this time of year can be a stunning experience.

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

November alpaca walk

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

November alpaca walk

The trees and bushes on our walk are entirely natural English species. We are in Higher Level Stewardship so we don’t use fertilisers or pesticides – so you are seeing Mother Nature in her finest Autumn colours.

As the leaves drop and we head into Winter, your insight into the other wildlife on the farm becomes clearer. It may be chilly but the wild deer and buzzards become much easier to see. We are open all year round and whilst Autumn colours might be relatively fleeting, alpaca walking is a great all year round activity. You may just want to book up 4 walks three months apart to get the best possible experience!!

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

November alpaca walk

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

November alpaca walk

Checking our walking alpaca’s health

We are very pleased to say that we recently health tested one third of our 100 strong herd of alpacas and seven llamas (with the exception of this years crias) as a surveillance test. This is part of our commitment to professionalism and excellence and was carried out on representatives from all groups on our farm from our stud males, our mum’s and babies (birthing group), our other females group and all our walking – and potential walking – alpacas and llamas.

We had a completely clear Enferplex test with no single antigen positive (or above) alpacas or llamas.

As a farm, in addition to offering alpaca walking, we breed and sell quality Suri and Huacaya alpacas which are easy to handle.  We also offer export and stud services plus fibre products. This is a commitment to everyone who walks alpacas with us as well as our existing and future clients.

 

A photographers dream

The Lodge – a photographers dream!

THE LODGE – A PHOTOGRAPHERS DREAM

If you come and stay in our holiday let – The Lodge – why not bring your camera and take pictures of possibly the most photogenic animal in the UK…the alpaca!

We recently had Aaron and his family staying and he was kind enough to share some of the pictures he took whilst staying here. I have posted a gallery of the ones I like the most, but I think you will agree, they are pretty amazing.

The Lodge is available all year round as a holiday let subject to a minimum stay of a week. It has a double bedroom and all “creature comforts”!! Come and stay and bring your camera- you will not be disappointed!

 

Reserve champion grey huacaya alpaca

Alpaca ownership open day 30/9/17

If you have considered owning alpacas or are curious to know what is involved – then we have the answer! A Spring Farm alpaca ownership open day.
Come to our free alpaca ownership open day and learn all about alpacas, handling alpacas, alpaca husbandry and how they will fit into your life! We have excellent facilities so you can really find out about owning alpacas and meet them in a relaxed and fun way. We specialise in our handling techniques and will run you through all you need to know about the idea of owning alpacas – plus you will get to meet some of our super friendly, halter trained alpacas!
Are you interested in alpacas? On our alpaca ownership open day, we will look at alpacas as a business, as breed stock, as show animals and as pets. We can offer alpacas in all colours and price ranges within all of these categories if you decided alpacas are right for you. Whether you are looking to stock a farm, occupy a small paddock, agist (we look after your alpacas here at Spring Farm at a small cost) with us – or to breed alpacas and get involved in showing, we can help you in all aspects of your search. Bear in mind that we started with no farming or livestock experience 17 years ago – we started our own alpaca ownership experience with a blank sheet of paper and an enquiring mind, and now are one of the UK’s top breeders of alpacas. Our alpaca ownership open day is intended to be good fun as well as informative and you can never ask too many questions!
We run a number of alpaca ownership open days throughout the year, so even if this date doesn’t suit you, please contact us and we will put your name down for the next alpaca ownership open day we run. Pease contact us for details – we keep the numbers small to keep things personal so please contact us first to reserve a place. We also provide a sandwich lunch so need to know how many to cater for and if there are any specific dietary requirements. We would also suggest sensible footwear to walk around the farm – and given its the end of September, bring some warm/waterproof clothing – just in case!
We are running the next open day on Saturday 30th September from 10.30am till 3.30pm. As the course is intended for prospective owners of alpacas, we don’t charge for the day. It is intended as an introduction so we wont blind you with science, but we will tell you all you need to know if you are interested in alpaca ownership and think they might be right for you.