Susan Renyolds

Alpaca Farm Experience

Susan was first introduced to alpacas by a co worker, she wanted a farm animal that you could form a relationship with that didn't go off to slaughter. In 2001 Susan started with a wether, hembra, and cria. Trian still lives on Susan's farm today. Susan practices low stress management by observing her alpacas in their natural habitat, and then adapting to their behaviour. It produces a much happier and stress free animal.

There are different components to the business although Susan's passion is the education side. All children who visit leave as " Australian Alpaca Ambassadors " she says enthusiastically ." It's one of my goals to have all who visit the farm leave with a greater knowledge and love for Alpacas. That's why I have designed the farm visit as a very hands on experience. Where else can you get up close and hand feed, pat their soft dense fibre and be part of the herd?"

Susan was drawn to Crookwell by the beautiful vistas, expansive wildlife, soft rolling hills, night skies, and the warm friendly people. In fact Susan says " I couldn't imagine living anywhere else." She also frequents and enjoys the local businesses. Including Arcadia for its unique feel, Lindner for its socks and Crookwell Footwear." We have some great places to eat in the area Crown Theatre it's so fresh and good value, the Laggan Pub for its local theme and produce and The Criterion. Crystal Brook Lavender Farm and Gardens is a great place to visit when in season. I also recommend Garry Kadwell's eco farm tour, he is sympathetic to nature and cares very much for the wildlife and land protection. ”

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