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Orinlooper

  • Joined Aug 2015
Thinking of alpaca/lamas?
« on: May 24, 2020, 09:40:47 am »
How much land do you need?

I have two acres in mind, considering either goats or alpaca/lamas?

Which would be easier to keep and which will keep all the grass weeds down the best?

We have some ten year old walnut trees which I donít want to get ruined

roddycm

  • Joined Jul 2013
Re: Thinking of alpaca/lamas?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2020, 07:40:33 pm »
It depends what your land is like, but as a rule it is about 5 to 6 per acre allowing for rotation. They will bark the trees and browse the leaves so you would need to protect them... something like a big round bale feeder with mesh would do or you could put up some protective fencing wtv you find easier :)


wayfarer

  • Joined May 2013
Re: Thinking of alpaca/lamas?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2020, 12:19:30 pm »
But remember they have long necks and are quite capable of balancing on their hind legs for a tasty morsel.

Orinlooper

  • Joined Aug 2015
Re: Thinking of alpaca/lamas?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2020, 03:08:27 pm »
Thanks all

Will they really ruin my walnut trees I wonder

Orinlooper

  • Joined Aug 2015
Re: Thinking of alpaca/lamas?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2020, 03:09:17 pm »
I wonder if they will keep the grass Dow and the brambles and weeds?

Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Thinking of alpaca/lamas?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2020, 03:36:38 pm »
Iím surprised much would eat walnut leaves, theyíre so strong smelling. I kinda thought they were toxic. But donít take the risk, strong fence is safest bet.

Orinlooper

  • Joined Aug 2015
Re: Thinking of alpaca/lamas?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2020, 08:59:48 pm »
A strong fence round each tree is too many

But there are many other plants and weeds that they could eat

Maybe have to try it and keep an eye on things

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
  • Leicester
Re: Thinking of alpaca/lamas?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2020, 10:12:58 pm »
A strong fence round each tree is too many

But there are many other plants and weeds that they could eat

Maybe have to try it and keep an eye on things
Trust me. Goats will start from the most expensive fruit trees, then fruit bushes, then ornamental bushes  and then the weeds tou wanted them to eat. I know. I have goats. And used to have young apples trees  ;D
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

 

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