Kinross farmer's foot patrol alpacas to guard lambs

Daily Record
By: Melanie Bonn
Photo: By Richard Wilkins

Photo Caption: Farmer Colin Dawes is using alpacas Nimbus and Macnamara to protect sheep on his farm.

A Kinross-shire farmer has made some additions to his livestock to help him through the lambing season ahead.

Nimbus (white) and Macnamarra (dark) the alpacas are going to be working as new “security guards” for Colin Dawes at his farm to Hilton of Aldie, Kinross.

“Alpacas are very good at guarding the sheep flock, especially in lambing season and will see off single dogs and foxes that are approaching the flock,” said Colin.

“These two will be joining our sheep ahead of lambing.”

The new arrivals have been settling in, staying out of the bad weather in the barn with the flock of pygmy goats as their temporary neighbours.

Visitors will be able to see the striking pair for themselves when the farm owned by Di and Colin Dawes welcomes the public for Open Farm Sunday in June.

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