What shelters or barns do alpacas require?
Alpacas are native to the altiplano (highlands) of Peru and are used to a harsh environment found at 12,000 to 17,500 feet above sea level. The snow, freezing wind and bone chilling cold are familiar to these hardy animals, so wintering in the shadow of the Mourne Mountains is very normal for them!
There are no barns for alpacas in Peru. Alpacas simply need to get out of the wind and have a dry place to eat or lay down during a storm. Here at Mourne Alpacas, all of our pastures have shelters constructed, although we find that our alpacas much prefer the shelter of the Irish hedging that we have retained around all of our pastures, which we allow to thicken every Autumn for additional wind breaks.