John and Karen Southcott developed a keen interest in alpacas and were becoming more convinced that they wanted to be part of the alpaca industry. They had enjoyed life in a rural part of Ontario but moved to a more urban area when their children entered their teens, so they wouldn’t spend all their time driving.
Their desire to move back to the country had prompted them to purchase a seventy-five acre, one hundred year old farm in Perth, Ontario in the spring of this year.
All that remained was to purchase some alpacas. Arden was prepared to ship some alpacas from her farm in Cobble Hill to Ontario, but not until John and Karen had spent a week with her ‘walking the talk.” She kept them busy, learning the business from the ground up – literally – as they scooped poop, clipped toenails, gave shots, checked teeth and fed and watered the alpacas. At the end of the week they were more convinced than ever that their lives had to include alpacas.
John and Karen now have an on-farm store which also carries products made from their own fleece as well as quality imports from Peru. In the Summer of 2009 the herd at Graycott increased once again as more quality huacaya and suri alpacas made the trip from Vancouver Island.