Welcome

West Shires Alpaca Group is a friendly regional group for alpaca owners and those interested in alpacas in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and surrounding counties.  We also welcome members from across the British Isles.

We offer advice, support, social events and learning opportunities to both members and non-members.

The group is a British Alpaca Society (BAS) affiliated regional group.  For more info visit:  http://www.bas-uk.com

What We Do

The West Shires Alpaca Group was founded in 2011 to promote and protect the interests of alpaca owners and breeders, as well as others interested in alpacas and / or their products (such as vets, fibre processors, fabric designers etc.) in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire by:

  • Sharing information and experience.
  • Running husbandry and training days.
  • Offering practical support to owners.
  • Organising vet days.
  • Helping with promotional days and farm visits.
  • Running shearing and fibre workshops.
  • Helping with craft ideas.
  • Organising and running the Royal Three Counties Show and The Midlands Championship Halter Show.

Please take a look at the Shows and Events page for full details of forthcoming group activities.

Our Region

We cover alpaca owners and those interested in alpacas in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Wiltshire but not exclusively.

Latest News

Mill Visit

We had a great day yesterday at The Mill at Clivewood, kindly hosted by Caroline and Ian Oakes.  We were shown around their newly established mill that’s dedicated to processing alpaca fibre and saw all the machinery and processes involved in taking raw fleece and turning  it into finished yarn. Caroline also showed us around …

Mill Visit

Don’t forget the mill visit 11th May, 2pm at Clivewood Farm (SY4 5PR) where you’ll learn all about what happens to your crop when you send it to the mill. You’ll also learn about what you can do to maximise the quality of your processed fibre and what you can do to make the lives …

All About the Fibre #2

Today saw the second part of the West Shires Alpaca Group ‘All About The Fibre’ session, and we went south in the region to Apperley village hall in Gloucestershire. We had another good turn out and discussed selling wholesale, commercial processing and processing by hand and the various routes to market and what’s worked well …