I learnt to look after farm animals in the UK where I had a crash course in lambing. After a couple of years I had a reputation for impressive
husbandry and a very high success rate when it came to live births.The care and attention I give to the animals is excellent and is due to to my acute awareness of them and my midwifery training. In 2005 we moved to Spain, where I was in charge of ‘Health and Welfare’ for the entire Spanish herd, through the Spanish Alpaca Society. New challenges now await me here in France.
With spare land at our farm in Somerset, England I wanted to diversify and researched the alpaca business. It became clear that if a successful business was to be created, we should invest in quality not quantity. As a result we bought 5 pregnant females and a share of a stud male syndicate.
I was then elected onto the board of The British Alpaca Society. This experience gave me an important insight into the market for these animals. Since 2006 I have been President of The Spanish Alpaca Society and recently gave the opening speech at the World Alpaca Congress 2010. The move to France gives us new opportunities and we look forward to making new friends here.