Welcome to Dark Sky Alpacas in rugged and beautiful North Cornwall.
We completed our ‘escape to the country’ in December 2017, leaving behind the corporate world, and set to work establishing our alpaca farm and business.
Our aim is to breed top class animals, contribute to the developing alpaca industry here in the UK and enjoy life spent in the wonderful outdoors with these beautiful, sensitive creatures.
We set up our farm with biosecurity paramount in our design and implementation, so there’s approaching 2km of buried ‘badger proof’ fencing at the perimeter, erected with our own blood, sweat and tears.
Starting out with a mixed herd of Huacaya and Suri, we fell in love with the Suri in particular - so now we specialise in Suri with just a few favourite Huacaya. We've brought together outstanding genetics from some of the best UK breeders - including Spring Farm, Faraway and Popham Alpacas - and also imported from Surico and Thistledown in New Zealand.
Along the way, it’s been invaluable to meet, visit and work with so many other alpaca breeders who have been generous with their time and advice and great fun too. We’d love to welcome you to our farm to meet our alpacas to see if there’s any way we can support your business and breeding plans.
Wendy & Tom
Being in the Southwest of England means we need to be cognisant of the bTB risk and we designed and manage our farm accordingly.
The perimeter fence is positioned a minimum of 2 metres inside our walled boundary, preventing any contact with neighbouring livestock.
We routinely conduct boundary checks
The entire perimeter is protected with badger proof fencing sunk into the ground to prevent badgers digging underneath it. It also has more closely spaced vertical stay wires than regular stock fencing tp prevent badgers forcing their way through it.
All feed and water stations are raised above ground level and the areas regularly cleaned and maintained - to guard against wildlife sharing them with the alpacas
Drive by stud services are carried out in a disinfected concrete pen and the female kept in a head collar to prevent any spitting at the male.
Any alpaca moving on to the farm must be bTB tested clear before delivery to the farm and all alpacas sold and leaving the farm are also tested. We have never had a case of bTB.
In addition all moving alpacas are de-wormed with Zolvix.
All people entering the farm through the perimeter fencing are asked to disinfect feet using disinfectant dips.
We are lucky enough to live on the edge of beautiful Bodmin Moor which has been designated as an International Dark Sky Landscape in recognition of the exceptional quality of the night sky - the inspiration for our name.