Alpaca centre to open north of Grantham

Grantham Journal
By: Darren Greenwood
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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A unique family-friendly tourism experience is set to open just north of Grantham.

Farming couple Marton and Clare Stanger plan to open their Alpaca centre at Meadow Farm, Clensey Lane, Dry Doddington.

They have just gained planning approval for the venture from South Kesteven District Council.

It will include a shop selling alpaca wool products, a cafe and a classroom for them to educate visitors about the animals.

The couple have been breeding alpacas since 2005 and with a herd approaching 90, it is one of the largest in the country.

Trading as JandJ Alpacas, they attend various shows with their alpacas and also have a growing knitwear business.
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Alpaca wool bed on sale in Dundee shop for £75,000

STV News 
By: STV News
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A bed made from alpaca wool has gone on sale at a store in Dundee for £75,000.

The Diamond Majesty bed from luxury brand Vispring is being monitored by CCTV while it's on display at the Gillies home shop in Broughty Ferry.

It will be on display in the store until July 22, before visiting Martin & Frost in Edinburgh for the last week of July, followed by And So To Bed in Glasgow at the start of August.

Part of the reason the bed is so pricey is the mattress, which is made from Vicuna wool - a type of alpaca - and considered one of the rarest, finest fibres in the world.

Staff at the Gillies store reckon it is the most expensive bed in the world.

Bed and floor manager Don McBride told STV News: "Vispring probably represents the best craftmanship and workmanship of any bed I've ever seen in 26 years.
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Alpacas are the latest trend to hit Irish weddings

Irish Mirror  
By: Ellen O'Riordan
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Wedding season can be a repetitive time, so Irish couples are turning to an exotic sheep-giraffe to help them stand out.

Horse drawn carriages and boxes of white doves are out, as alpacas become the latest animals to steal the limelight at Irish weddings.

The trend has migrated over from the US and Asia, and sees the creatures take on the role of ring-bearers or children's entertainers.

Speaking to, Paul MacDonnell, of Hushabye Farms Ireland, said he had two upcoming weddings.

Mr MacDonnell said: "For weddings, we'd hand-pick the ones with a nice temperment. There's ones you wouldn't let near a place, but there's others so well behaved they could be at a hotel all day and not a bother."
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How alpacas became the latest wedding trend

The Telegraph      
By: Helena Horton
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Forget a horse and carriage, the new must have for weddings is a herd of alpacas. Small alpaca farms across the country have seen a flurry of bookings as the American trend arrives in the UK.

The animals are often brought out to “surprise” guests when they are used as ring-bearers or to entertain children at the reception. In what appears to be another example of social media one-upmanship brides are now posting pictures of their alpacas, often in veils or adorned with flowers, on Instagram and Twitter.

Stuart Ramsay, who runs Velvet Hall Alpacas in Innerleithen, Scotland, said he first supplied alpacas for a wedding when he was asked to by a local hotel.
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