Alpaca baby coming on strong

Mayfield Alpacas has had a new arrival at Quicksaw Farm in Ringinglow. Fermin, a young Alpaca weighed-in at only 8lbs and wasn't expected to survive pictured with his mother
Mayfield Alpacas has had a new arrival at Quicksaw Farm in Ringinglow. Fermin, a young Alpaca weighed-in at only 8lbs and wasn't expected to survive pictured with his mother
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WHAT a cutie - and he’s quite a fighter too.

When this little fella made his entrance into the world there was little hope of him surviving the night.

But Elaine Sharp, who owns Mayfield Alpacas, in Ringinglow, Sheffield, was determined to give him as much help as she could.

So she sat up all night with the bonny baby alpaca making sure he was warm and well fed.

Said Elaine: “He was born weighing just eight pounds which is well under weight for an alpaca.

“I wrapped him in a tiny thermal jacket and bottle-fed him throughout the night.

“The following morning he seemed to be picking up, even though I was completely shattered.

“Now he’s thriving, has put on two pounds and seems to be perfectly well.

“We decided to call him Fermin which is a Spanish name for someone strong - which suits him well.”

Mayfield Alpacas is a centre of excellence for the UK alpaca industry.

The animals live on a 45-acre plot within Sheffield’s Mayfield Valley and the centre is a popular visitor attraction.

It has a visitor centre which traces the history of the alpaca from the Incas through to present day commercial fleece production.

And there is a gift shop which sells a range of clothing, spun exclusively from alpaca fleeces farmed at Mayfield Alpacas.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, light snacks and cakes are served in the Visitor Centre. A selection of gifts is also available, including our own range of clothing, spun exclusively from the very highest quality fleeces farmed at Mayfield Alpacas.