Posted by: Richard Neale | April 6, 2011

The Andes come to Snowdonia

Hafod y Llan farm is well-known for its hardy breed of Welsh mountain ewe and its pedigree Welsh black cattle.   Well, from today onwards, it will also be known for its Alpacas. 

These curious creatures – which are sure to make visitors to the farm do a ‘double take’  hail from an equally harsh environment on the other side of the world: the Andes of South America.

But before you think that Arwyn our farm manager has lost leave of his senses, there’s method in his madness.  It is well-known that Alpacas have a reputation for fighting off predators.   By mingling with our lambing ewes, it is hoped that the Alpacas will scare off the foxes, which last year took 50 of our lambs.

We’ve started with just two – Domenico and Emilio – to see how they work, and may take on more if they are effective.  In the meantime, our shepherds Roger and Trefor are trying to figure how on earth they are going to shear them!

Domenico & Emilio mix with the flock shortly after their arrival at Hafod y Llan today.



  1. Love the picture! Will we be seeing alpaca wool products in the Beddgelert NT shop in the future??

  2. Thanks Jane for your excellent suggestion. I’ll pass on the idea to Ann, our Shop Manager at Beddgelert. Once Roger and Trefor figure out how to shear Emilio and Domenico, perhaps we can find a local craftsperson who would like to knit some items for the shop.


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