Couple has an eye for alpacas
When Peter Hurst retired from his computer business in Brisbane a few years ago and went travelling around the country, the last thing he expected was that he and his wife Myrelle would end up running an alpaca farm.
Myrelle said they were in Western Australia and visited a “touristy place” with a few alpacas and they fell in love with them.
“They are just wonderful animals, they really get to you somehow. It must be the big eyes,” Myrelle said.
At the end of their travels Peter and Myrelle brought some land at Murwillumbah and got a few alpacas “as a hobby”.
Now five years later, they have moved to Rous Mill so they could have more grazing land and currently have 32 Suri alpacas on their 74 acres.
As part of National Alpaca Week (yes, there is a week for everything) Peter and Myrelle are opening their farm to the general public to come and see these unusual animals and learn more about them.
Myrelle said the animals are shorn once a year and are a lot less maintenance than sheep or goats.
“A lot of people in the industry have never had farm animals, their very easy,” she said.
Their property Waterview at 34 Crawfords Lane, Rous Mill will be open from May 3-9 from 9am to 3pm daily, or by appointment at other times.
They also plan to hold a half day workshop after National Alpaca Week if there are enough people interested in learning more about the industry and caring for the animals. For more information contact 6629 5652.