Rodney and Emma Bird are owners of "Bird Farm Alpacas"
Rodney and Emma have dreamed of running their own small-holding for many years and with their children grown up by 2010 the timing seemed right . Rodney was raised on a farm; his parents were poultry farmers who managed farms up and down the country.
Rodney has completed a farming course at Lackham College and both Emma and Rodney attend courses and information workshops regularly to keep ahead with Alpaca practices.
Emma has a magical touch with the animals and a great business head, born from a life long love of animals and the amazing nature that is right outside her door.
After lots of research, they decided that alpacas were the right livestock for them on a small acreage.
Although a niche and relatively new market (America and Australia are 10-15 years ahead of the UK) alpaca breeding and the demand for their fleece is growing, as people are becoming more aware of where their products come from.
Alpaca fleece is hypo allergenic (lanolin free) and Alpacas have minimal impact on the land. A low environmental impact has always been an important part of Emma and Rodneys ethics and they spread their ethos across their business.
Their aim is to maintain a herd of around twenty breeding females. The emphasis being to improve the fine texture, the crimp and colour of their fleece by careful and controlled mating.