133 episodes

The Alpaca Podcast for all things alpaca. Alpaca Tribe is for anyone who feels a connection with alpacas. It is for existing owners, everyone interested in keeping alpacas, people working with alpaca fleece or providing alpaca services, or those who are just alpaca mad.

With our guests, we will look at getting into keeping alpacas; making the most of the ones you have got (and enjoying it); ways to use the fleece, not just store it; opportunities to develop business activities relating to alpacas; and growing in your experience, wherever you are starting.

Each week we will be talking to people like you and to breeders, vets, producers and professionals.

The Alpaca Tribe Podcast is your place for wisdom, guidance and great stories about all things alpaca, from people who know because they have already done it.

Join the tribe at alpacatribe.com

Alpaca Tribe Steve Heatherington

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    • 4.9 • 19 Ratings

The Alpaca Podcast for all things alpaca. Alpaca Tribe is for anyone who feels a connection with alpacas. It is for existing owners, everyone interested in keeping alpacas, people working with alpaca fleece or providing alpaca services, or those who are just alpaca mad.

With our guests, we will look at getting into keeping alpacas; making the most of the ones you have got (and enjoying it); ways to use the fleece, not just store it; opportunities to develop business activities relating to alpacas; and growing in your experience, wherever you are starting.

Each week we will be talking to people like you and to breeders, vets, producers and professionals.

The Alpaca Tribe Podcast is your place for wisdom, guidance and great stories about all things alpaca, from people who know because they have already done it.

Join the tribe at alpacatribe.com

    Being more comfortable with your alpacas

    Being more comfortable with your alpacas

    Build your confidence and care for your alpacas like you want to. In this episode, we explore three simple things you can do to be a more confident owner.
    Take the long view and keep trying.
    Know who is boss - hint, it is supposed to be you but work with the herd leader too.
    Stay safe - of course, this means don't put yourself at risk but also help your alpacas view you as safe to be around. It keeps the temperature down and makes life easier for everyone.
    Small repetitions make for progress over time.
    Think - what are they thinking? what are they feeling?
    The aim it to build your alpaca's confidence in you and also your own confidence in you.

    • 15 min
    A bit more confidence with alpacas

    A bit more confidence with alpacas

    Confidence comes from a combination of sufficient knowledge and practice over time.
    In the https://alpacatribe.com/podcast131/ (last episode), I asserted that gaining more confidence with caring for your alpacas was possible, not just in principle but specifically for you.
    David Dunning and Justin Kruger of the https://www.ted.com/talks/david_dunning_why_incompetent_people_think_they_re_amazing (Dunning-Kruger effect) fame, suggest we can delude ourselves about how good we are. Their work starting back in 1999 suggests with a little bit of knowledge we can overestimate our capabilities, with a lot of knowledge underestimate it. And in the middle, we can know we don't know as much as we thought, risking a conclusion that we are useless and know nothing - in fact, we have just reached the point of knowing we have more to learn, which is a place of possibility. This dip in confidence we can feel as alpaca owners is normal and should be seen as part of the journey to becoming better at caring for our alpacas. I hope this gives you hope that:
    It is possible for you.
    Practice over time will produce progress (it is not instant).
    Summer continues to develop here in the UK. Watch out for flies, water levels and weeds you need to remove at this time.
    My pregnant girls are getting a bit more grumpy and starting that last phase of pregnancy. Watch for developing signs and continue to give your alpacas confidence that you are safe to be around. The cria will be along soon - probably!
    If you get the chance, go spend some time with an alpaca and smile. (but protect yourself from too much sun and biting flies!)
    One thing that gave me a lot of confidence was training with https://www.camelidynamics.com/ (Marty McGee Bennet of CamelidDynamics). See the episodes below, where we talked about what CaelidDynamics is all about and what she has learned over many years. Online courses and information available at her website plus she has started travelling again - meanwhile, here in the UK, Victoria Barrett of Simply Alpacas is a Senior CamelidDynamics Consultant - see more details on thehttps://www.simplyalpaca.co.uk/training/ ( Simply Alpaca website).
    Past episodes to check outhttps://alpacatribe.com/podcast89/ (Episode 89) CameliDynamics with Marty McGee Bennett https://alpacatribe.com/podcast89/

    • 15 min
    Three things you can do to build your confidence with alpacas

    Three things you can do to build your confidence with alpacas

    Build your confidence and care for your alpacas like you want to. In this episode, we explore three simple things you can do to be a more confident owner.
    Take the long view and keep trying.
    Know who is boss - hint, it is supposed to be you but work with the herd leader too.
    Stay safe - of course, this means don't put yourself at risk but also help your alpacas view you as safe to be around. It keeps the temperature down and makes life easier for everyone.
    Small repetitions make for progress over time.
    Think - what are they thinking? what are they feeling?
    The aim is to build your alpaca's confidence in you and also your own confidence in you.

    • 21 min
    The sounds of breakfast with the alpacas

    The sounds of breakfast with the alpacas

    They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day - it is certainly my favourite.
    I love having breakfast with my best friend, my wife Sue. But I also love having breakfast with 'my girls', down at the stable. You get to see a lot and if you take it slow (weather and diary permitting), it is a great start to the day.
    Join me and the girls for breakfast in this episode which is something of an alpaca audio diary entry. I hope you enjoy starting the day with us.
    Community is so important - thank you to all of you in the Alpaca Tribe community who regularly listen - this includes in the last 28 days people in:
    United States
    Australia
    United Kingdom
    Ireland
    India
    Canada
    France
    Germany
    Denmark
    New Zealand
    Sweden
    Belgium
    Hong Kong
    Norway
    Mexico
    Croatia
    Netherlands
    Russia
    Czechia
    Nepal
    Pakistan
    Peru
    I am both humbled and amazed! Thank you for taking the time to listen.
    To close the loop a little and get to meet you, and for you to meet each other, there is now an https://www.facebook.com/groups/alpacatribe (Alpaca Tribe Facebook Group) - free to join, we would love to see you over there.
    Take care, and if you can, go spend some time with an alpaca, or even better have breakfast with an alpaca.
    Your friend, Steve

    • 24 min
    More talking Australian alpacas - showing and shearing

    More talking Australian alpacas - showing and shearing

    I love talking alpacas with alpaca people from around the world - it is so good to learn from each other. Listen in for more discussions with Rita Soares of Campo Verde Alpacas near Melbourne, Australia, on showing and shearing.
    In another video, Rita managed to catch kangaroos and alpacas co-grazing. I hope the alpacas were not watching too closely as the kangaroo made hopping over the fence look so easy.
    https://www.campoverdealpacas.com/ (Campo Verde Alpacas)

    • 20 min
    Talking Australian Alpacas

    Talking Australian Alpacas

    Rita Soares of https://www.campoverdealpacas.com/ (Campo Verde Alpacas) is an old friend of the Alpaca Tribe. Listen in as Steve and Rita talk alpacas, particularly how life with alpacas is developing having started with four and grown to 35! Be warned, it happens sometimes that alpacas can grow to be a bigger part of your life than you first expected, especially if you have the 'alpaca gene'.
    We also talked births and weaning; fences to keep dogs out; kangaroos and geese and taking bad pictures in case you don't get one at all.
    They talked so much we have Part 2 coming up next time.
    Here are some https://feeds.captivate.fm/alpaca-tribe/rita-soares/ (other episodes you may enjoy) that were mentioned in the interview

    • 23 min

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Blossom Daily ,

Life lessons

I do not own an alpaca but I may have seen one in person!
I love this podcast because it has a quiet and kind sensibility toward life that I find to be very enjoyable. I can apply these reflections easily to my own.
Podcast 116 emphasizes the coming of spring and separating the weaned young ones from their mothers. A shift in ones own life can be like this. Grief and puzzlement followed by a sense of freedom and a new day. Sunlight. Thank you.

yogimd.net ,

Inspiring and Soothing

Even though I am not an alpaca owner, I find this podcast to be engaging. Steve has a welcoming, yet commanding approach as he dives into each episode. Steve provides plenty of delightfully endearing moments and details about the alpacas, showing just how much he cares about them. You won’t be disappointed.

tpf_maria ,

Insightful and refreshing!

Before I met Steve, I knew nothing about Alpacas. Through his wonderful interviews and personal insights, I get to learn and appreciate the beauty of the Alpaca Tribe.

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