My name is Chrissy Kirk.
I run Homefield which is based in Gt. Carlton, approx 8 miles from the market town of Louth in Lincolnshire.
I bought my first alpacas in 2007, a small herd of males, they were all wethers (non-breeding males) in a variety of colours, and were affectionately known as the ‘Magnificent Seven’. I specifically bought wethers as I had a budget and I wanted to learn about handling the alpaca and all the processes such as shearing and producing an end product from their fleece.
In early 2008 I invested in a group of young stud males and at the end of the same year I bought my first group of females, again in a variety of colours. Females are usually sold pregnant so in the late summer of 2009 the first crias (baby alpacas) were born on the farm. Athena, and Apollo.
In 2010, I invested in some rare breed sheep which include Shetland, Lincoln Longwool, Gotland, Hebredian and Ryland. All of the sheep produce their own unique quality of fleece and add an unusual and varied texture when used individually or with the alpaca fibre which is ideal for the crafter.
At Homefield I run a variety of workshops which include Husbandry, an ideal course for those of you who are considering buying alpacas or if you just want to have a hands on session with the alpacas, plus a variety of felting workshops catering for beginners upwards.
I welcome group visits to the farm, and enjoy speaking at group meetings. I work in primary schools, assisting with art projects, plus talks and demonstrations on caring for the alpacas and the processes of their fleece.