How much land do our alpacas need next year...this is the question. At present we seasonal grass let 35 acres between April and December. This works very well for us. The same farming family has rented the land for years, they fertilize the land for us, they are extremely friendly and helpful, the grass gets kept under control, and we get some additional income. However we will need to take a few acres back as our herd keeps growing.
One of the deciding factors as to how much land is enough is: how much alpaca fencing do we want to undertake? A lot of our land is divided by beautiful cumbrian dry stone walling. At present there is a breast of barbed wire in front of the walling to prevent the cows from knocking it down....obviously no good for alpacas. Nor is the wall high enough to be alpaca proof as it is... after much consideration... unfortunately it looks like the expensive option is going to be the best one. Posts and rails in addition to the sandstone wall.
Not alpaca related, other than it came addressed to Beck Brow Alpacas of Cumbria which made me look more closely; In the post this morning we received a brochure for a fine arts sale in Wiltshire. Now I am not reknown for my collection of fine art, so I did nearly throw it straight in to the recycling but something made me take a look. Inside was a note: I thought that you may be interested in lot 229.
Intriguing...did they have 18th century oil paintings of alpacas? No. But the potrait of Isabella Hodgson and her dog is interesting. It is inscribed with some background details including the fact that the her grandmother was born at Beck Brow, Ainstable. Adding to the interest; her mother's maiden name was Hetherington!
How bizare that it should turn up in Wiltshire! It isn't really to my taste and it has guide price of £200-300...what to do? Yep, that pays for a good few yards of post and rails!