Farming family opens alpaca centre in Dry Doddington

Grantham Journal
By: By Tracey Davies

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A unique farming family in Dry Doddington have opened the first alpaca education centre and cafe in Lincolnshire, where visitors can meet and greet the woolly creatures.

Martin and Clare Stanger submitted plans earlier this year to expand their farm in Dry Doddington, north of Grantham, to build a shop, a cafe and a place for people to learn more about the animals.

After the plans were accepted, the centre opened to the public last month and is already attracting visitors from far and wide.

The couple, who run the centre with the help of their son James and daughter Jessica, bought their first alpacas in 2005 as an attempt to diversify their farming business.

They now have in excess of 90 alpacas aged between eight months and 21 years old, making it one of the largest herds of alpacas in the country.

They boast all the 22 recognised colours including black, white, fawn, greys and various multi-colours.

The couple, who trade as J andJ Alpacas, regularly attend various shows, ploughing matches and other events, as well as running a successful and growing knitwear business created using the fleeces from their breeding herd.

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