Alpacas in huge demand as ‘extraordinary livestock’

By: Caroline Allen
Photo: Courtesy of AgriLand

Original content from AgriLand.

There is huge demand in this country for alpacas, which are very docile animals, according to Paul MacDonnell of Hushabye Farm Alpacas.

MacDonnell’s venture was established eight years ago at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, near the village of Killeigh, on the Offaly/Laois border.

Originally from Ballygar, Co. Galway, where his father had a beef farm, MacDonnell now runs a 30ac holding, with alpacas taking centrestage. “With an area behind the house fit for grazing, I wanted something a little extraordinary in terms of livestock to keep the grass in check,” he said.

Enter a herd of alpacas, which he sourced from the south of England. “They arrived in Killeigh much to the amusement of family, friends and neighbours,” MacDonnell said.

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