Signing in at 2pm to satisfy Australian Biosecurity regulations , you will then be taken to our feed shed there you may help prepare the afternoon feed . You will then be taken to the feeding area set aside for the general public. There you will be given instructions on alpaca etiquette . Whilst most are inquisitive and intelligent the alpacas can be cautious if they feel threatened . A gentle approach and no sudden movements will assure your success in feeding these gentle creatures. You will be given bunches of lucerne to entice the animals to feed, after this you can graduate to the open hand full of delicious alpaca pellets and chaff. Please direct any questions you may have to your host and they will be happy to answer. A small talk giving you information pertaining to the species will continue as you feed. As our goats are always hungry you will have the experience of feeding the rambunctious species. The goats are feed a special diet we have prepared for them, but if you have any vegetable scraps please bring these with you, as they love most but not all foods.
A professional tour guide for a number of years, I left the beautiful city of Sydney to enjoy the clean country air and paddocks full of Alpacas and Goats. Attending an agricultural school as a teenager gave me a love of animals and a sound knowledge into farm management and animal husbandry practices. My love affair with alpacas began in 2013, and I have been falling in love with each new cria ever since. Wanting to know as much as possible, I have been researching the Camelid species ever since. Attending a number of shows with our alpacas for halter class judging and learning to skirt a fleece for show have been part of my life since 2014. I also learnt to spin fleece in the traditional manner on a foot pedaled spinning wheel. I am also a knitter and have completed several different projects using alpaca / mixed yarn.
Firstly you will visit our feed shed where you will learn how to mix the afternoon feed for the Alpacas and Goats. You will then be taken to a paddock inside the grounds of Madisons Mountain Retreat, set on 83 acres of Mountain Range bushland. There you may feed our alpacas, from there we will make our way to our goats. Of course if you don't want to feed you can always watch and take photos.
Alpaca Feeding with Tour Guide