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WATCH: Alpaca studs arrive in Cumbria

Barbara with her two new alpaca studs. Credit: ITV Border

Two alpaca studs, from Australia and New Zealand, have been moved to a new home in Cumbria.

Crusader and Samurai have joined the herd at Beckbrow in Ainstable.

Owner Barbara Hetherington is one of the UK's leading breeders, and she says the boys will be mated with some of her award winning females to provide babies with a denser, finer fleece.

What was important about these boys was that we did lots of research into their dams, they both have exceptional mothers, obviously there are no guarantees but it helps the prospects of them passing on their very good genetics to our herd.

– Barbara Hetherington

Kim Inglis went to meet the new alpacas, and you can watch her full report here:


'Alpaca Pat' needs new homes for her herd

They're natural home is The Andes mountain range in South America, but over the last three decades alpacas have been popping up all over the Lake District.

In part, that's thanks to Pat Bentley from Newby near Penrith.

In 1983 Pat was one of the first people to bring alpacas into the UK and has been breeding them ever since.

She's retiring now and is putting her remaining alpacas up for auction.

Kim Inglis has been to meet her:

Alpaca breeder of 30 years packs up business

Alpacas are native to South America Credit: PA

An alpaca breeder who pioneered their introduction into the UK is packing up her business after thirty years of breeding them at Newby near Penrith.

Pat Bentley is having her remaining alpacas auctioned at Borderway Mart in Carlisle on the 5th of May.

Inspired by a visit to Peru in the 1970s, at one point Pat had a herd of 200 alpacas.

47 animals are going under the hammer.