Using alpacas as therapy animals

The benefits include exercise; a sense of well-being, stress reduction, emotional well-being and peace and tranquillity, writes Joe Phelan.

K2Alpacas: Hay and Haylage - the alpaca’s internal furnace

A few days later, Samson was on the ground again, so I decided to take him to my vet, this time; however he did not recover and died on route, writes Joe Phelan.

K2Alpacas: Preventing and treating ‘Mighty Mites’

Alpacas are always scratching and grooming thus mites can spread quickly. Mites are highly infectious, so it’s important to treat all others that are in contact with the infected alpaca.

Alpaca Update: Wetter and colder weather, fencing & new products

The hay is like an internal furnace for them and generates heat for them and the feed gives them additional vitamins and trace elements and energy, writes Joe Phelan.

Update: Returning from the ‘Home of Alpacas’ and husbandry work

Worming; parasite treatments and the next round of vitamins were on ‘Alpaca Joe’s’ agenda when he returned from Peru.

K2Alpacas: The Chaccu

The Chaccu is where the wild Vicunas are rounded-up annually for shearing; each Vicuna is shorn every second year, writes Joe Phelan.

Alpaca Update: ‘The fibre of the Gods’ and visiting the home of the alpaca

‘Alpaca Joe’ is on a working holiday in Peru - the home of the alpaca. He outlines the history of alpacas and the improvement of the breed in this update.

Alpaca Update: Halter training and Christmas treks

Halter training generally takes 4 weeks but some progress faster than others - ‘Alpaca Joe’ provides some tips as part of this week’s update.

Alpaca Update: Treatments, making working pens and alpaca fibre

‘Alpaca Joe’ responded to queries from potential alpaca purchasers and continued his attempt to link up with people interested in using alpaca fibre.

Alpaca Update: Introducing K2Alpacas

Meet our newest contributor Joe Phelan who farms 55 alpacas in Co. Wicklow. Here is his first weekly update.

Meet Joe Phelan- An accidental alpaca farmer!

Some people get the call to return to the family farm, but this man took a slightly different approach!