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ALPACA CHRISTMAS CARDS

We have just added 4 new alpaca Christmas cards which are listed in full with all our others on the Alpaca Cards page. But we just thought we would highlight these two. The Merry Christmas alpaca card was taken here at Spring Farm Alpacas on the 27th February in Wigan’s field during a light snowstorm!

Alpaca Christmas card
Merry Christmas

The one below was taken here at Spring Farm on the 27th February 2018. It’s of Svetlana when she was 8 months old. Both of the cards are available – either drop us an email or see our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SpringFarmAlpacas?ref=shop_sugg

Or better still, buy the cards and an alpaca walking voucher from us here at Spring Farm for an unforgettable present this Christmas. Please email us for details.

Alpaca xmas card
Svetlana in the snow

Lovely review

You may have seen that we get reviewed quite regularly on TripAdvisor and Google. We are always very pleased if our walking guests take the time to review us.

Yesterday, we received an email from one of our guests who came alpaca walking at the weekend. Vicki and I were so moved by the email that we asked if we could quote from it. So firstly, many thanks to James McNair for emailing us but secondly for allowing us to reproduce such a lovely, eloquent testimonial!

James mentioned that he was toying with the idea of renting The Lodge (our holiday let) so we hope to be able to welcome James and Katherine back here in the future as well!

Thanks for a great experience. Whilst planning my three day celebration of Katherine’s 50th birthday I always felt in the back of my mind that the alpaca walk would be the one thing that would make her eyes light up and I’m pleased to discover that I was right (so you can officially declare your alpacas to be better than a helipcopter ride over London, a West End play, a Michelin Star restaurant and Kew Gardens!).

Hall of Fame!

We started alpaca walking here at Spring Farm Alpacas just over 5 years ago. Since then, we have been awarded Certificates of Excellence for each of the last 5 years. We have entered the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame as a result of the 5 consecutive years Certificate of Excellence.

It would be fair to say that we couldn’t offer alpaca walking without our amazing, beautifully trained alpacas. So in large part this award is for them! However, training and interacting with alpacas is entirely down to Vicki and our amazing staff. So to that end, this award is for: Vicki, Millie, Coral, Danielle, Jo, Izzy, Izzy, Kaitlyn and everyone else who has helped us along the way.

Alpaca walking is great fun for all and we hope to be able to offer it for many years to come. Hopefully, we may deserve “Certificates of Excellence” in future years. Please review us on TripAdvisor or Google or wherever after you have had a chance to visit us and our alpaca walking team!

Come and visit on an open day
Alpacas can be this friendly!

The Daily Telegraph Travel Section

Alpaca walking is getting ever more popular. The Daily Telegraph Travel Section featured Out and about for an Easter eggstravaganza on the 6th April 2019. Walking with alpacas,  East Sussex was highlighted! We are coming into our busiest time of year with alpaca walking here at Spring Farm Alpacas with weekends in particular getting very booked up – but we often have availability mid week. Please see our booking page for current availability and come and join us!

We are very proud to be featured in The Daily Telegraph and look forward to meeting you very soon!

The Daily Telegraph 6th April 2019 Travel Section

come and walk our alpacas in sussex

Alpaca walking trainees!

Here at alpaca walking with Spring Farm Alpacas, we train all our alpacas to walk on head collars and lead ropes – its what we do and are renowned for across Europe. It is very important that all our alpacas are halter trained and not just a select few – that way, they are all chilled in our company and if (heaven forbid) we needed a vet visit, we can just load them into our purpose converted van and take them to the vet.

Our alpaca walking team is normally about 20/25 strong but with 20/30 crias (baby alpacas) born each year, we occasionally let members of the walking team go to new homes (where they are much loved) and bring in young alpacas that have passed our training course for walking alpacas! You might think we just attach a collar and lead rope…but we don’t. Using our calm and alpaca friendly teaching technique, we teach all our crias to walk happily alongside us. We are a breeder using really high quality genetics so some of our alpacas are also shown – but again its very important to us that this is not a stressful endeavour. We train our youngsters to load without fear and have mock judging so they wont be worried about going into the show ring.

So amongst the crias, to join the alpaca walking team, we select those who we think will enjoy meeting our guests and thrive on our alpaca walks. Alpacas are like us in that they all have individual characters and some want to walk more than others. Once we have a select group who like walking, we start with small walks around the garden and gradually build up their confidence by increasing the length of the walk and asking different people to walk them at different times. This process can take a few months as we are always busy and its really important that our new alpaca (and llama) recruits enjoy themselves as much as we hope you do.

So to that end, I would like to introduce you to three recruits currently under going walking training. The eagle eyed may notice that we have two llama crias in training – we are hopeful they will both make the grade so we can offer llama walking alongside alpaca walking (within the same walk).

Alpaca christmas card as santa

New alpaca Christmas cards!

We have recently added two new alpaca Christmas cards to our range. They are slightly smaller than the original cards and are A6 (A5 half fold) in size together with a premium envelope. We think they are perfect as Christmas cards and are purposely left blank inside for your own message.

We couldn’t resist dressing Gordon (not in real life) with a super cool Santa hat!

Alpaca christmas card as santa

Santa Gordon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, and this time a real life picture taken here on the 27th February 2018, we have a stunning picture of Svetlana taken in the snow. Svetlana is an “S” year baby so was born in Summer 2017 but is very photogenic!

alpaca christmas card

Svetlana in the snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cost of the cards is £2.50 each (including postage and packing) or 5 cards for £10 (including postage and packing).

 

 

 

 

 

Trip Alpaca walking awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

Certificate of Excellence 2018

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas, 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.

We will strive to make sure that we continue in the same vein. Vicki and I  are really passionate about what we do. We are always looking at ways to enhance your experience and hope that shows if you do get a chance to review us. Here’s hoping we can repeat a certificate of excellence over the next 12 months and make it 5 years in a row! Come and visit us and see if you think we deserve it too!

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!