We always have a selection of females for sale starting at around £1,000. It is important that you tell us what you want your alpacas for so that we can make the best suggestions. Come and have a look at what we have (we have over 40 coloured females here) and we can discuss your requirements.

 We are passionate about our alpacas and want to ensure that when they leave here they get the same level of care in their new homes. As a result we offer the following inclusive package to all purchasers:

  •  All alpacas microchipped and registered with the British Alpaca Society
  •  A complete medical history of your alpacas
  •  24 hour telephone helpline in case of any problems
  •  Guaranteed live birth with every female or a free remating to one of our males.
  •  Free delivery within 200 miles (minimum purchase 2 alpacas)
  •  Free husbandry course with every purchase to include all aspects of looking after your alpacas.
  •  25% discount on any future stud services using our males
  •  Free copy of ‘Llamas and Alpacas, a guide to management’ by UK vet Gina Bromage.

Please click here to go to our alpacas for sale page. If you don’t see anything that fits what you are looking for please ring us.


Why Alpacas? A very valid question.

Why should I buy alpacas? What are they? What do they do? Why should I want to own alpacas? Why are they so expensive?

All valid questions that I have been asked numerous times over the last nine years that we have been breeding these wonderful creatures. Hopefully at the bottom of this page I will have explained why and maybe will have convinced you to seriously think about buying your first alpacas.


Firstly let’s deal with the question ‘what are alpacas?’

Alpacas are native to South America in particular Peru, Chile and Bolivia. Alpacas are members of the South American Camelid family. The ‘cousin’ that you will most likely recognise is the Llama, but also included in this group are the Vicuna and the Guanaco. It is believed that the Alpaca is a cross between the Vicuna and the Guanaco. Alpacas are quite considerably smaller than Llamas and as a result they are very easy to handle.

There are no wild alpacas in the world and they have been domesticated for over 5000 years. They were highly prized by the ancient Inca civilisation for their incredibly luxurious, hard wearing and versatile fleeces. There are still millions of alpacas being farmed in South America for their fibre, known as ‘The Fibre of the Gods’. It is widely acknowledged that alpaca fibre is the finest natural fibre in the world.

Alpacas come in a variety of colours and are sheared once a year to ‘harvest’ the fleece. A good quality alpaca will produce between 2 and 5 kilos of usable fibre. This doesn’t sound a huge amount but when you consider that alpaca fibre is very light it may give you an idea that 5 kilos is quite a lot! Alpaca fibre is not like sheep wool in that alpaca has no lanolin in it and it is much finer and much, much softer. As a result alpaca fibre is virtually hypo-allergenic and can be worn by people who normally are allergic to other sorts of natural fibres. It is a natural fibre that you can wear directly 


Before we bought our first alpacas we researched the alpaca world as much as possible and that involved looking at numerous websites on the internet (there are an awful lot more out there now!). It was quite bewildering, there were websites advocating white alpacas, some plugging black alpacas and sites showing every colour in between. It was confusing to say the least and we decided that nothing was better than actually going out and meeting breeders and seeing their alpacas up close and personal.

 We felt that it was important to buy our alpacas from someone who we could trust, who we liked and who would be there to help for as long as necessary. We were lucky in that we found a breeder near by who fulfilled all those attributes and who has now become a close friend.

 It is an experience that we would like to replicate for people who choose to buy their first alpacas from us.

 Owning these special animals has its challenges, it has its ups and downs but overall the experience is hugely rewarding. Alpacas take your heart and hold onto it, they bewitch you and you can not help but love them.

 When we sell an alpaca we are selling an animal that our breeding decisions have created. We may have assisted in its birthing, we may have had to bottle feed it for a time, we have looked after the cria and raised it with the best care that we can provide in order for it to live a happy and healthy life.

 Every time we sell an alpaca it is an emotional experience for us. Every member of our herd is special to us and has been given the best possible start to life. We want to make sure that this high level of care continues when it is time for an alpaca from the Patou herd to move to a new home.

 We will ensure that you have all the knowledge and skill that you need to look after your alpacas. We will show you what to do, we will help you do it and we will always be there to answer questions and offer advice. It is our responsibility and we take it very seriously.

 So, if you buy from us, and I hope that you will, we will look after you as you look after your alpacas.

 Mark and Sue Steele

Patou Alpacas