Alpacas born near Welsh Hideaways!

August 9, 2020

The University news reports on the potential for alpaca farming in Wales. A herd of alpaca at Aberystwyth University’s upland research centre welcomed two new arrivals during the lockdown.

One male and one female baby alpaca, known as cria, were born at the Pwllpeiran Upland Research Platform (close to Welsh Hideaways).  They are settling down to life in the Cambrian Mountains.

They are the first cria to be born on the University’s land, and registered under the centre’s new stud prefix ‘Peiran’.

Peiran Champagne and Peiran Cosmopolitan join a small herd of alpacas who arrived at Pwllpeiran in October 2019 as part of a research project.

Scientists want to see whether the South American alpaca is suited to life in the Welsh hills.  This could provide new opportunities for uplands farming.

These long-necked animals, similar to the llama, are renowned for the quality of their fibre (wool).  They are happy to feed on low quality grasses which are often snubbed by sheep.

The research project is being led by Dr Mariecia Fraser at the Pwllpeiran Upland Research Centre.  This is part of the University’s Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS).They say these are changing times for Welsh upland farming.  The next round of support payments is expected to push for a shift away from primary agricultural production towards nature conservation and carbon reduction. They want to test whether the alpaca could offer hill farmers a viable alternative to sheep.

As well as producing high quality fibre, camelids like alpacas have evolved and are happy to tuck into invasive grasses such as Molinia. These forages grow in abundance on the Welsh uplands but tend to be shunned by native sheep. They will be looking at how well they could fit in to traditional patterns of farming here.

The establishment of the initial research herd is being funded by the Joy Welch Educational Charitable Trust, which was set up by the Aberystwyth alumna in 1988.

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07:23 16 Nov 19
A wonderful time spent there. The... cottage has all amenities and lots of nice places to visit within a short-range. We would recommended it and certainly book it again.read more
Emy Catt
Emy Catt
20:54 05 Oct 19
It was clean and had lovely views... we were able to watch a sheepdog at work and there was plenty of places to visit. A really lovely holiday with a lovely and friendly caretaker.read more
kaylee Brett
kaylee Brett
14:10 26 Aug 19
What a breath taking hidden part... of Wales. Stunning cottages with stunning views at every turn. We were a family of 9 so stayed in both the cottages. They were a real home from home. Lovingly equipped with everything you could ever need. From leaflets for things to do, kitchen equipment, board games, puzzles and not forgetting the peaceful setting and its beautiful local walks with stunning surroundings. It mostly rained for our week away but that didn't effect our holiday at all. I would highly recommend 🙂read more
Alex
Alex
14:26 17 Aug 19
The cottages were cozy and clean,... with all the amenities we needed. Lots to do for all ages from walking, trips to the beach and much more within a short driving distance.read more
Jan Emm
Jan Emm
05:07 29 Jun 19
Serene. Beautifully equipped. ... Very helpful owner and caretaker. Lovely arearead more
Paul Andrews
Paul Andrews
09:31 20 May 19
My partner and I had a truly... wonderful time in Ty Mari and Penroc. We decided to book both (it's perfectly setup for larger family groups as there is an ajoining door between both). Both are very homely and you can easily relax once you get there. The Elan Valley is absolutely spectacular and the drive to the cottages takes you on a thrilling drive through the valley with lots of places to stop and wonder at including Devils Bridge and the Caban Coch Dam to name only 2. The cottages are easy to keep warm with the added benefit of underfloor heating so we were always cosy. It also gets really dark at night (something us townies aren't used to) and you can see more of the nights sky than I think I ever have! What I also am particularly impressed with is the communication from the owners before & after you arrive. They give great recommendations and ensure that your stay is really easy! We would highly recommend Welsh Hideaways. It's a real retreat and we returned home feeling refreshed and with a renewed appreciation of Wales.read more
Tessa Blanshard-Phibbs
Tessa Blanshard-Phibbs
12:35 17 May 19
Beautiful, picturesque, stunning... and breathtaking! The most adorable cottages with everything you could possibly need. There was loads to see and do in the local area including some seriously impressive sites, we couldn't fit it all in to a long weekend. If you want to completely escape - go here! I'll be going back for sure!read more
Marie King
Marie King
22:45 29 Mar 19
A totally peaceful haven.... Fabulously equipped cottage with everything you could possibly need. Relax in the sun room and watch the birds whilst listening to the river below. Zero light pollution so a must for any star gazers out there. Cottage is gorgeous and we won't want to leave.read more
Matthew Culliford
Matthew Culliford
20:52 28 Feb 19
Just home from the most magical... week at Ty Mari. The accommodation is perfect in every way and the owner has clearly made every effort to make guests as comfortable as possible. Every detail has been thought of and the place feels like a home from home the moment you walk in. We booked a return visit within a day of arriving. Thanks Gareth for a fantastic stay. We are so glad to have found this little gem in the middle of the most stunning part of Wales.read more
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