Training courses

If you are considering the alpaca dream and have access to at least half an acre of land (or want to make use of our livery services) you are half way there!

Our approach

We offer you two initial bits of advice (as well as go for it of course!) based on our years of experience and the fact that before we bred alpacas we both had office jobs and the biggest animal we were responsible for was a cat from the RSPCA! We now have a herd of around 300 friendly champion alpacas including 5 Supreme Champions, numerous Champions, Reserve Champions and first places; not bad eh?!


  1. Alpacas will capture your heart and/or can be a great and enjoyable business venture. They are a fleece producing animals and so it is sensible to invest in good quality alpacas, anything else will be false economy (we can explain why and save you a lot of time and money…).
  2. Alpacas are generally shy and nervous although regular handling from a young age and trust with their ‘keepers’ can make them friendly and much more manageable. Consider a training course that combines theory and hands on experience so you know how your alpacas behave and how to handle them.

Barnacre training options

We offer two levels of training tailored to suit your skills and experience. Debbie has years of hands on alpaca experience and knows all our alpacas in remarkable detail, feel free to test her out! She is also dedicated to making high quality handmade alpaca goods and on the odd ‘hour off’ will reach for her spinning wheel! Paul is a successful entrepreneur and qualified Higher Education learning expert (he also likes his alpacas, driving his quad and tractors – not always in that order!).

All training fees are refundable if you purchase an alpaca or stud service from us (with no time limit):

  1. A one day husbandry course (including lunch). This day of theory and practical handling gives you the chance to discover more about these marvellous animals and get some real hands on experience of them. We will cover: optimal feeding, physical evaluation, body scoring, shelter, fencing, land management, husbandry, halter work, handling, fleece assessment and breeding. Finance, tax and business planning are also available. £200 per person (including VAT)
  2. Bespoke training. We believe in looking after our alpacas and you. Any alpacas purchased from Barnacre Alpacas comes included with as much bespoke training as you need and then 24 hour, 365 day telephone, text, Twitter and email support.

A special gift of training – a Barnacre Alpacas Experience!

Does your friend or loved one want to discover more about alpacas? A Barnacre training course makes an ideal surprise present.

We will send out a personalised invitation and make sure the course is a real treat.

Please contact Debbie or Paul to arrange the details for this special gift.


“We were given the chance to halter some of the Alpacas and take them on a short walk through the farm, a truly surreal experience and one that we will remember for a long time.”
– @PhilJackman
(, Morpeth

“had a great time meeting the herd today with @anita_ball and learnt an awful lot! Thank you.”
– @andyball24, North Shields

“Just a hello and to thank you very much for Sunday. We both enjoyed the day very much, you were both very informative and made it very interesting.”
– Mr and Mrs M, Scotland.