189 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

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 21 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

    Getting closer to deciding to keep alpacas

    Getting closer to deciding to keep alpacas

    Welcome to the podcast for alpaca people!
    In this episode, I want to help those of you who are thinking more seriously about keeping alpacas. It is not for everyone and is not a decision to be taken lightly. It is one of the best things I have ever done and, at times one of the hardest.
    There are many things to learn and most will be on-the-job experience. The alpacas will teach you. A friendly breeder is also important.
    Three things to bear in mind:
    Land - enough of the right kind and remember to think about how suitable it will be all year. Enough fences and gates and a good layout for moving animals between fields.
    Commitment - it will cost you money and time. Sometimes, a lot of both. Don't be put off but do take the decision to keep alpacas seriously. They are long-lived animals with specific needs.
    Choose - pick animals you like the look of and consider their characters. Buy from a breeder you can get on well with. You will need their support in the early years.

    If you can, go spend some time with an alpaca breeder and their alpacas.
    See you again soon


    LINKS
    Camelidynamics and Marty McGee Bennett - check out:
    https://www.camelidynamics.com/3-day-camelidynamics-course-with-marty-mcgee-bennett-dundee-mi-sept-10-12/ (3 Day CAMELIDynamics Course, with Marty McGee Bennett Dundee MI, Sept. 10-12, 2022)
    https://www.camelidynamics.com/product/handler-helper/ (Handler helper) (US)
    https://www.simplyalpaca.co.uk/shop/index.aspx?categoryId=54 (Handler helper) (UK)



    Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoyed it.
    If you would like to be in touch, please contact me by email - steve@alpacatribe.com - or leave me a https://www.speakpipe.com/AlpacaTribe (voicemail) from your browser.
    Alpaca Tribe is hosted and produced by Steve Heatherington of https://goodpodcasting.works (Good Podcasting Works), which is part of https://thewaterside.co.uk (The Waterside (Swansea) Ltd)

    • 19 min
    Are all your visitors welcome?

    Are all your visitors welcome?

    Welcome to the podcast for alpaca people!
    In this episode, I predictably complain about the weather. I am British, after all! Strangers on the farm and more welcome visitors - swallows, ducks and https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/odonata/life-cycle-and-biology/ (dragonflies). Keep the water topped up during the hot weather and try to spend some time with your alpacas - you may want to avoid direct sunlight!
    Take care and hope to see you again soon.
    Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoyed it.
    If you would like to be in touch, please contact me by email - steve@alpacatribe.com - or leave me a https://www.speakpipe.com/AlpacaTribe (voicemail) from your browser.
    Alpaca Tribe is hosted and produced by Steve Heatherington of https://goodpodcasting.works (Good Podcasting Works), which is part of https://thewaterside.co.uk (The Waterside (Swansea) Ltd)

    • 16 min
    A walk and talk with the alpacas

    A walk and talk with the alpacas

    Welcome to the podcast for alpaca people!
    In this episode, it is a great day for a walk and a talk with the alpacas. The lake is starting to fill again (slowly, though it might not last)
    The girls were nicely arranged around the buildings waiting for my arrival. Pic omn the website for you.
    If you can, go spend some time with an alpaca.
    Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoyed it.
    If you would like to be in touch, please contact me by email - steve@alpacatribe.com - or leave me a https://www.speakpipe.com/AlpacaTribe (voicemail) from your browser.
    Alpaca Tribe is hosted and produced by Steve Heatherington of https://goodpodcasting.works (Good Podcasting Works), which is part of https://thewaterside.co.uk (The Waterside (Swansea) Ltd)

    • 19 min
    Is that normal for an alpaca

    Is that normal for an alpaca

    Welcome to the podcast for alpaca people!
    In this episode, I explore how I think about normal and variations from it. A laid-back summer episode.
    Also do go check out this podcast from https://thecarbonalmanac.org/ (The Carbon Almanac)
    https://carbon-sessions.captivate.fm/episodes/1#showEpisodes (https://carbon-sessions.captivate.fm/episodes/1#showEpisodes)
    Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoyed it.
    If you would like to be in touch, please contact me by email - steve@alpacatribe.com - or leave me a https://www.speakpipe.com/AlpacaTribe (voicemail) from your browser.
    Alpaca Tribe is hosted and produced by Steve Heatherington of https://goodpodcasting.works (Good Podcasting Works), which is part of https://thewaterside.co.uk (The Waterside (Swansea) Ltd)

    • 17 min
    Having fun with your alpacas

    Having fun with your alpacas

    Welcome to the podcast for alpaca people!
    In this episode, I am thinking about how funny alpacas can be and how they are a delight to be around. Remember to always laugh with them, not at them - that goes for those significant humans in your life too!
    Millie the matriarch and Megan and Alys all get a mention.
    What do you do with your alpacas for fun?
    Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoyed it.
    If you would like to be in touch, please contact me by email - steve@alpacatribe.com - or leave me a https://www.speakpipe.com/AlpacaTribe (voicemail) from your browser.
    Alpaca Tribe is hosted and produced by Steve Heatherington of https://goodpodcasting.works (Good Podcasting Works), which is part of https://thewaterside.co.uk (The Waterside (Swansea) Ltd)

    • 20 min
    What are your sounds of summer?

    What are your sounds of summer?

    Welcome to the podcast for alpaca people!
    In this episode, we hear some sounds and reflect on what you think of when someone says "the sound of summer".
    We also have a valley update and yet more sounds we are hearing.
    Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoyed it.
    If you would like to be in touch, please contact me by email - steve@alpacatribe.com - or leave me a https://www.speakpipe.com/AlpacaTribe (voicemail) from your browser.
    Alpaca Tribe is hosted and produced by Steve Heatherington of https://goodpodcasting.works (Good Podcasting Works), which is part of https://thewaterside.co.uk (The Waterside (Swansea) Ltd)

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

rem04a ,

Alpaca Owner

I love the episodes on building confidence with alpaca. It’s the little things we often forget when we’ve gotten caught up in life. He has a soothing voice and reminds me why I like alpaca even when they spit in my face as they have their nightly dinner disagreements. I would love some episodes that provide a deeper dive into management etc for fellow alpaca owners.

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.

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