Having first seen Alpacas at the Royal Show in 2001, we thought that some of these fascinating creatures would be ideal to keep the grass in check and, at the same time, look rather attractive in the paddocks. In 2002, we decided to take the plunge and buy some. So, not wanting to over do things, we bought three boys through Michael Coghlan of Blenheim Alpacas, a Black, a White and a Brown.
We received a lot of assistance from Peter and Maxine Watts of Fine Alpacas with shearing and general husbandry. It was, in part, due to their infectious enthusiasm that we decided that it would be nice to have a few girls so that we could have cria gambolling in the paddocks. Three girls were duly purchased at auction and we became hooked!
We now have over one hundred and eighty Huacaya alpacas and around thirty Suri alpacas. We currently have twenty four working studs (many have won Championships including Supreme Championships). For more information, please click on "stud services" or, give us a call regarding those not on the stud page.
We usually have a number of alpacas for sale, both males and females, in a range of colours and prices. Some can be viewed by clicking on "Alpaca Sales", however, most of the time we have many additional alpacas for sale - so do feel free to enquire by phone or e-mail.
Snowshill Alpacas progressed from a hobby to a business. We have gained a considerable knowledge on all aspects of caring for, breeding and showing alpacas. We are breeding many show winning alpacas with exceptional conformation and fleece characteristics. We are very happy to assist new and existing owners whenever possible and, if we should not be able to assist, we are very happy to put you in touch with other responsible breeders who can.
Snowshill Alpacas is set in the North Cotswold countryside at a little under 900 feet above sea level. Eleven years ago we added a purpose built Alpaca barn (by Browns of Wem) to the existing Kingsland and Scotts stables and have since purchased several mobile (wheeled) field shelters, some built by Harvest Services and others by Vale Stables, in various sizes from 10 ft x 16ft to 15ft x 36ft. The perimeter of the land has been protected from badger incursion since 1st December 2009 and all practical biosecurity measures are undertaken.
Roger is on the Heart of England Alpaca Group Committee, a member of the Southwest Alpaca Group (SWAG) and current Chairman of the West Shires Alpaca Group.