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Meet the Alpacas this weekend in Durham

Posted on: 3rd September 2021

A COUNTY DURHAM farm is taking part in the first ever national alpaca open day, as farms across the country open their gates to the public: Bushblades Farm at Harperley, near Stanley, is one of around 100 alpaca herds joining the event which takes place over the weekend of September 4 and 5.

Organised by the British Alpaca Society, the National Alpaca Farm Day aims to offer opportunities for people to meet alpacas and find out more about them.
Ann Muizelaar, from Bushblades Farm, said : “We’re absolutely delighted to be taking part in the open day, and to be able to share knowledge for our animals with the public.

“They are amazing creatures, I fell in love with them the moment I saw them and have gradually been building up the herd over the past four years.”
Ann said limited parking was available at the farm, so anyone planning to come to the open day is advised to book in advance by calling 07723 014373.

Bushblades Farm is also home to British Saddleback pigs and native Aberdeen Angus cattle which are bred as slow grown, rare breed meat for its online farm shop.
Ann’s son Garry and wife Jane run the butchery and online farm shop, while Ann and her husband Bev look after the herd of eight alpacas, which visitors can book for walking experiences on the farm.

Ann said: “They are such gentle creatures, and we get fantastic feedback from visitors about how much they enjoy spending time with them. I’ve done birthday parties for guests to meet the alpacas, and have even got a wedding in the diary for next year.”

H&H Insurance Brokers, one of the UK’s leading agricultural and rural insurance brokers, is a long-standing supporter of the British Alpaca Society.
The firm, which is based across the North of England, the Scottish Borders and Wales, offers specialist alpaca and llama insurance through its Insure My Alpaca policy.

Paul Graham, Managing Director of H&H Insurance Brokers, said: “The first national alpaca farm day is a brilliant opportunity for people to find out more about alpacas, which are becoming increasingly popular across the UK.  We offer insurances designed specifically to meet the needs across rural industries, which includes specialist alpaca and llama insurance.”

Dr Duncan Pullar, chief executive of the British Alpaca Society, said: “Many British Alpaca Society members already invite the public to meet their alpacas through trekking, yoga and petting opportunities, but we wanted to have an event that broadens out the opportunity to more people and more farms hence this event.  There will be a farm near enough for everyone in the UK to get up close to an alpaca.”

An interactive map on the BAS website highlights the locations of farms taking part in the farm day. For more information about the British Alpaca Society visit www.bas-uk.com; to find out more about Bushblades Farm and its online shop visit Bushblades Farm Shop

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