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Alpacas at High Winder Cottages near Ullswater

Date: 13th June 2012
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baby alpaca at winder green and winder barn on fells above ullswater

The owners of High Winder Cottages (Little Winder, Winder Ghyll, Winder Barn and Winder Green) have recently acquired a small heard of Alpacas. On 3rd of June a new addition was born.

When I was emailed the photos I commented on how surprised I was at the size of the new born.

“Yes, they are quite large!  One born yesterday looked as it had been around for weeks. Because they live in a climate that is hot during the day but harsh at night the young are ready to go within an hour or so of birth and ours as well as suckling was trying to nibble the grass at three hours old!”

Alpaca’s are a domesticated species of South American camelid. They are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of southern Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and northern Chile at an altitude of  11,500 ft to 16,000 ft above sea level, all year round.  Although similar in appearance Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, they were not bred to be pack animals carrying heavy loads, but were bred specifically for their fibre.

Alpaca fleece is a lustrous and silky natural fibre. While in many ways similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, feels very soft and luxurious, and because it does not contain lanolin, it is hypoallergenic.

Alpacas require a lot less food than most animals of their size. They generally eat hay or grasses,  and will normally try to chew on almost anything.

So far they have been a real hit with recent guests staying in the self catering holiday cottages.