alpacasThe past 20 years or so have seen alpacas grow in popularity in the UK, with herds from as few as three alpacas up to 800. Alpacas produce a high quality and high value fibre which is the main reason we are now seeing more and more of them spring up around the UK. As a rule, you will need one acre of land per six alpacas to give them the room to move freely.

Adult alpaca fibre is excellent for insulation but struggles against the wind and rain, so when providing shelter for your animals you need to be sure that you’re buying a structure that will be able to withstand the elements, whatever the season, for years to come. Very young alpaca (cria) cannot regulate their body temperature as sufficiently as the adults, and so it is important that during the early stages of their lives they have sufficient heat and shelter. With this in mind, proper housing for them is incredibly important.

First and foremost, polyhouses are designed to allow much-welcomed light and warmth into them: Our structures are made from top quality white polythene as it allows 65-70% light transmission with 30-35% shade value. By using this, short-wave radiation from daylight allows a high amount of natural light and warmth into the polytunnel throughout the year, but with enough shade value that the polytunnel will not overheat when the nice weather hits in the summer.

Clearly, this is massively beneficial as it reduces feed inputs, bedding costs, and the need for any artificial lighting as well as keeping potentially harmful bacteria, fungi, moulds and odours at minimum levels. This means that not only are you saving money on the structure itself, you’re saving on costs across the board, so you are more than getting your money’s worth. The price of a polytunnel in comparison to a timber stable of the same size is also significantly less and with the benefits surrounding a polytunnel stacking up, the structure more than pays for itself!