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UK Alpacas for sale, Suffolk / Norfolk. We are established alpaca breeders offering sales and stud services in East Anglia. We can export to Europe.

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Australian Arrival - Welcome to Wimmera Skies Jacomo - October 2013


We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new Australian import Wimmera Skies Jacomo to Woodbine Farm.  


Jacomo, a 3 year old solid black male alpaca, has spent the past 6 months at a quarantine location in New Zealand having left his Australian home at Manna-Gum Farm / Wimmera Skies Alpacas earlier this year.  He is now settling into life here in Suffolk having adjusted to the British climate and time zone.


We look forward to introducing Jacomo to our breeding programme in 2014 and further details can be found on our Stud Services page.

SWAG Autumn Alpaca Show - 16th November 2013


On Saturday 16th November we decided to make the long trip across country to Clevedon for the South West Alpaca Group Autumn Show.  This is one of the few shows held towards the end of the year and a time when the alpacas fleece is at an optimum growth length and ideal for judging.


We saw this event as an opportunity to rush our newly imported male Jacomo into the show ring to hear the judges thoughts ahead of his first year as a stud male in 2014.  Due to his long spell under export quarantine conditions, Jacomo was slightly over fleeced. However, despite not looking at his absolute best, he was awarded 3rd place in the Black Adult Male category with the judge commenting that he had the finest fleece on show.


Our other 3 entries into the show also achieved success, with Digby being placed 2nd in the Adult Black Male class and Dijon taking 2nd place in the Adult Fawn Male group.  Our first cria of 2013, Tuhina, won a fabulous 1st place in the Junior White Female category with the judge complementing her impressive size and structure.

New stud males for 2014


We now have a great selection of top males of all colours and characteristics integrated into our breeding programme and we're hopeful of some good results over the next few years.


The new additions to our stud services team for 2014 are home-grown Digby & Dijon along with our super Aussie black import Jacomo.  For full details of all our stud males, please click here.


BAS Fibre Road Show - Woodbine Farm, Saturday 18th April 2015

On Saturday 18
th April, we will be hosting the British Alpaca Society Fibre Road Show, focused on maximising the benefits of fibre testing.


You will gain an understanding of fibre testing, learn how to use the results and take part in a 'hands on' fleece harvesting workshop.


Paul Vallely (from AAFT) is extremely experienced in promoting the development and testing of merino and alpaca fibre in Australia and was a guest presenter at the World Alpaca Conference 2012 held in Oxford. Paul will be visiting the UK again and has kindly offered to share his knowledge and enthusiasm to help deliver this workshop for anyone with alpacas; taking a real insight into fibre, what histograms can tell you, how to use the information for breeding, for fibre products and so much more. Please feel free to bring a few previous test results with you if you have any.


The cost is £45 per person inc VAT, light lunch and notes.

All workshops will register at 9.30am and start promptly at 10am. We hope to finish around 4.30pm.


BAS members can book online via Grassroots, Manage My Herd and please inform Libby (libby@grassroots.co.uk) or Emma Taylor (info@alpacamill.co.uk) that Woodbine Farm is your chosen venue.


Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.


For any enquiries or further details please contact us on 01379 854 454 or email alpacas@woodbinefarmalpacas.co.uk

Alpaca Introductory Training Day - 1st March 2014


On Saturday 1st March we hosted our first alpaca training day here at Woodbine Farm.  The course was an ideal way for us to pass on some of our knowledge, skills and experiences gained since establishing our alpaca business in 2007.  A range of theory and hands on topics were covered from basic alpaca husbandry through to breeding and paddock management.  We very much hope that all attendees went away with a greater understanding of these wonderful animals.

British Alpaca Society National Show - 15th & 16th March 2014

This year’s BAS National Show was held at The International Centre, Telford and attracted almost 400 alpaca entries from all over the country.


We enjoyed success inside the show ring with all but one of our entries being placed by the judges.  


We were particularly pleased with Digby achieving a superb 2nd place in the Adult Black Male class following up his fine results from last year and proving to be an excellent stud prospect.

South of England Show - 4th & 5th May 2014


After an early start and a long trip to West Sussex we were welcomed with two days of glorious sunshine for the traditional May Day Bank Holiday weekend, South of England Alpaca Show. There was a fairly large alpaca entry list this year and the crowds certainly seemed to enjoy the show ring procedure.  We were pleased that the majority of our entries were placed by the judges, with the stand out achievements of Digby once again winning 1
st place in the Black Adult Male category and our Junior Brown Male Forrester being awarded Reserve Champion.

First grey cria born at Woodbine Farm - June 2014

We are delighted with the birth of our very first grey coloured cria at Woodbine farm.  She’s very lively and inquisitive with a bright white face that certainly draws attention amongst our other alpacas.  


We’ve been aiming to include greys within our herd for a couple of years and following some research and careful breeding we are extremely pleased with this arrival, particularly being a female, with whom we can include in our breeding programme in the future.

Latest Fleece Stats Results - July 2014


Each year we send samples of our fleeces to be scientifically analysed and the results provide us with details of the various qualities shown in a particular fleece such as fineness, crimp and comfort factor.  Probably the most recognisable element of fleece statistics amongst breeders is fineness and we are therefore very pleased with the recent results from our Australian male import Jacomo.  His stats are - 19.4µ (mean fibre diameter), 4.0SD (standard deviation from mean) and 97.6CF (comfort factor - % of fibres under 30
µ).  For a black alpaca in particular, these results illustrate Jacomo’s fantastic fleece qualities and after incorporating him in our breeding programme for the first time this summer, we can’t wait for the arrival of his first offspring next year.


Jacomo is available for limited stud service this year and further details can be found on our stud services page here.

Woodbine Farm Alpacas Open Day - 10th August 2014


On Sunday 10th August we hosted our third annual Open Day here at Woodbine Farm.  Despite the terrible weather we were pleasantly surprised by the number of people who visited throughout the day and we hope you all enjoyed meeting our alpacas and relaxing in the surroundings of the farm.


Congratulations to Lily, aged 5, who won our alpaca drawing competition with this splendid effort shown left.  Also congratulations to Avril for winning the ‘name the cria’ competition with the very appropriate name of Bertha (after the Hurricane that had threatened to ruin the day!).  The children’s quiz winner was George who impressively answered all the questions correctly.  Well done all!


As well as thanking all those who braved the rain we would like to give a special mention to Purl Alpaca Designs, Butlers Farm Alpacas, Bouquet Garni Caterers, The Flying Chef, Hundred River Artisan Ice Cream & the spinners from Diss, who all supported the event with great enthusiasm.


We are already looking forward to a hot & sunny Open Day in 2015!!


Eastern Alpaca Group (EAG) Social Event - Woodbine Farm, Sunday 7th June 2015

On Sunday 7
th June from 2pm onwards, we will be hosting an Eastern Alpaca Group (EAG) social event for all alpaca owners in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.  


The event has been arranged so that alpaca owners can see if they would like to become members of the Group and let us know what they would like the newly organized Group to do for them and to enable everyone to get together to have a chat over a glass of wine and some nibbles.

As the group do not have any money in the kitty at the moment we are asking you to bring along your own drink and we will provide the nibbles.


Please RSVP by email alpacas@woodbinefarmalpacas.co.uk or by phone 01379 854454 / 07774675365.


Woodbine Farm Alpacas Open Day - Sunday 9th August 2015

On Sunday 9th August we will be hosting our annual Open Day here at Woodbine Farm.


Come along and spend an enjoyable day in the surroundings of our farm with the opportunity to see the alpacas and their newborn cria up close whilst taking a relaxing walk around our fields. There will be various activities throughout the day including alpaca talks & walks, spinning & felting demonstrations, children's quizzes and ‘name the alpaca’ competition. Special discounted alpaca sales will be available along with products for sale from Purl Alpaca Designs and The Alpaca Shop. Refreshments will be gratefully provided by Hundred River Ice Cream, The Waffle Works, The Flying Chef and Morbeans Coffee.


Opening hours 10.00am-4.30pm, entry fee £4.00 per car, dogs welcome on leads.


For enquiries or further details please contact us on 01379 854 454 or email alpacas@woodbinefarmalpacas.co.uk

Eastern Alpaca Group Event - Saturday 19th September 2015

Grass Management and What To Do With Your Fleece


Saturday September 19th 2015 - Arrive at 9.30am for a prompt start at 10am. Finish at about 4pm. Woodbine Farm, Hoxne Road, Weybread, Diss, Suffolk, IP21 5UJ.


Price £5 for EAG members and £15 for non-EAG members, includes lunch.

To book, contact us for booking form and send a cheque, made out to Eastern Alpaca Group, to the above address.


Enquiries to Pauline; email alpacas@woodbinefarmalpacas.co.uk or tel 01379 8564454 / 07774 675365.

Woodbine Farm Alpacas Open Day 2015 - Competition Winners

We were delighted by the number of visitors who attended Woodbine Farm for this year’s Open Day and we were particularly impressed with the enthusiastic children who took part in our Alpaca Quiz, Drawing Competition and the ‘Name the Cria’ Competition.


We selected this wonderful picture of an unusually multi-coloured alpaca as the winning entry in our drawing competition.  Well done to William, age 6 for showing off his artistic talents - your prize is on its way!  Also, congratulations to Vicky, who chose ‘Crusoe’ as the name for our newly born cria.



Woodbine Farm Alpacas Open Day - 14th August 2016



Thank you to all those who attended our fifth annual Open Day here at Woodbine Farm.  The weather was kind and we hope that all visitors enjoyed the experience of meeting our alpacas whilst wandering around the farm.


Congratulations to Olivia Tilson, aged 8, who won our alpaca picture competition with this excellent detailed drawing.  Also well done to Felix for winning the ‘name the cria’ competition with his chosen name ‘Liquorice’.