Alpaca Availability Calendar

Check the calendar to see if we are offering the Alpaca Experience on the date you want. We add new dates all the time. If not give us a ring on 01929 401539 or email us at alpacas@longthornsfarm.co.uk

Upcoming Events

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13:30
Christmas 🎄 Alpaca Meet and Greet Session Sunday 28th November
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Christmas 🎄 Alpaca Meet and Greet Session Monday 29th November
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Christmas 🎄 Alpaca Meet and Greet Session Tuesday 30th November
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Christmas 🎄 Alpaca Meet and Greet Session Thursday 2nd December
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Christmas 🎄 Alpaca Meet and Greet Session Friday 3rd December
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Christmas 🎄 Alpaca Meet and Greet Session Saturday 4th December
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Christmas 🎄 Alpaca Experience - Walk with an Alpaca Sunday 5th December (1)
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Christmas 🎄 Alpaca Meet and Greet Session Tuesday 7th December
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Christmas 🎄 Alpaca Meet and Greet Session Thursday 9th December
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Christmas 🎄 Alpaca Meet and Greet Session Saturday 11th December
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Frequently asked questions

Questions about Alpacas


  • How long do they live? - Usually about 20 years
  • What is the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama? - The llama is approximately twice the size of the alpaca and the llama has a very coarse outer coat over a softer inner coat - as opposed to the alpaca, which has a very fine, single coat. In addition, the llama produces far less fibre per animal than the alpaca, despite its much larger size. The llama has been bred as a pack-carrying animal. The alpaca was domesticated and bred for over 5000 years as a luxury fibre-producing animal.
  • How many colours are there? -There are 22 recognised colours from White to Black, Greys, Fawns.
  • How big do they grow? - Alpaca grow up to one metre high, the babies (known as Cria's) weigh between 6 & 8 Kg at birth.
  • Do they spit? - Only usually at each other, or if they disagree with something we are doing to them, maybe foot trimming or husbandry.
  • How often are they sheared? - Once a year, usually at the end of May?
  • What is a baby alpaca called? - A baby alpaca is called a cria, they usually only have one, twins are very rare.




Keeping Alpacas


  • What do they eat? - Mainly grass and an all-year-round supply of good quality Hay, plus a winter supplement. You can keep 3 to 5 per acre depending on ground conditions.
  • Do they damage the pasture? - No, Alpacas have padded feet so do not churn up the pasture, they also dung in one pile so pasture management is easier.
  • Can alpaca be kept on their own? - No, Alpacas are a herd animal, they will become very stressed if separated from the others. Ideally three or more, they can live happily with goats and sheep.
  • How often are they sheared? - Once a year, a good fleece can weigh up to 5 kg.