Alpaca & Muscovy

Alpaca and the sun at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

All ports warning for Alpaca in the heat folks. ironic that coming from South America some of them will react to harsh sunshine and lay out in it until they literally burn… if you do not provide them with shade so you MUST. imagine yourself outside without shade in burning heat and see how you feel. it will kill cria who must also always have access to shade and water. providing paddling pools is all very well BUT if a cria falls in their temperature will drop rapidly and they will die of hypothermia in minutes when very young… best use sprinklers safely.

meantime our lot live in luxury…


Pocket rocket turned into Saturn 5 at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

I have been repeatedly asked about the Draught colt – first born here at Kensmyth and likely to make in the region of 18hh plus.

well the little pocket rocket is rapidly turning into Saturn 5 – see for yourself…


well you cannot expect a little ‘orse from a big ‘orse can you ?

Power of Genetics in Alpaca at Kensmyth, Clay Meadow

Known for breeding white socks and stars in our ponies of decades past, I love “playing” with the colour combinations with Alpaca whilst retaining strong genetic depth, conformation, temperament and fleece quality.


When you know what your own Sires have in their backgrounds and have seen them shorn… anything is possible.


2019 cria drop quality is amazing but I took my Vet by surprise recently when I showed him a deliberate mating to create a racehorse Alpaca … LOL


Bird Spotting whilst cria watching at Kensmyth Alpaca, Clay Meadow

well with thunderstorms and Alpaca females birthing either late or 2 weeks premature and a premmie foal into the bargain with mating under way for all and the pony mares off at stud…

bird watching is the order of the day whilst we observe them – with Dads binoculars… apologies for the slightly out of focus shots but there is quite a range to be seen here LOL

Thames Head just outside Cirencester recommended by Kensmyth Alpaca

well we are always looking for recommendations as to where to send our visiting Clients and as many returning clients have been to The Greyhound at Siddington, we tried the Thames Head on the way to Coates and I have to say it surpasses The Greyhound.

superb meals, friendly polite staff, large portions and plenty of choice…

  fresh garlic mushroom starter yum yum

  Bubble and Squeak with free range egg and bacon (hubby)

  fresh chicken breast with sour dough crust and crunchy chips

cant wait to go again and highly recommended

I also had their sticky toffee pudding with custard (huge) but forgot to take a photo and they have a jolly decent Chardonnay and beer choice too.