Visits and Courses
Private Beginners Course Half Day £60 or Full Day £100
Covering all aspects of alpaca ownership, ideal for those thinking about keeping alpacas or new owners alike. An excellent mix of practical and theory. Please contact Karen to book your place - course tailored to your requirements. May include the following:-
- How to look after alpacas day to day and routine husbandry required to keep them healthy. Correct and stress-free handling, condition scoring, weighing, vaccinations, worming, toenail trimming, teeth care, nutrition and feeding, showing and transport, shearing, biosecurity, breeding. Learning takes place in the lecture room and on our farm with the alpacas, with hands-on demonstrations and plenty of opportunities for handling the alpacas.
- Financial considerations whether keeping a couple as field pets or when starting up an alpaca business.
- Handling systems - a look around Meon Valley Alpacas to see how we manage our herd, discussing fencing, catch areas, shelters, field maintenance, farm set-up and equipment etc.
- Fleece and conformation - what to look for when buying an alpaca. Alpaca assessments- a practical session with hands-on look and feel of the differences in conformation and fleece.
- Viewing of Meon Valley Sale alpacas, pets and breeding stock.
Alpaca Experience Morning £40
Ideal for those who love alpacas and would welcome the opportunity to experience a bit of time with them. Ideal as a Birthday or Christmas present maybe. Accompany Karen as she goes about her morning activities with the alpacas. Feeding and haying up, watering and general health checks around the farm. Depending on the time of year this may include caring for the females with their cria, perhaps seeing a birth and all that that entails. Maybe halter training the weanlings and getting them used to handling ready for the shows, you may get to take an alpaca for a walk through the woods on the farm. You need to wear appropriate clothes and boots. The visit will usually last for 2 hours and start around 10am with tea/coffee and biscuits included.
Group Visits for Adults and Children
We welcome visits from schools and colleges, all ages welcome. The visit usually takes around an hour and we can provide refreshments. The Quechua Benefit is our chosen charity and ask that each visitor make a £2 - £5 donation which we collect and send off once a year. Please contact us to arrange a visit.