Our alpacas are at the heart of our business. They are beautiful and elegant animals who are interested and friendly while being independent and reserved, their fleece is soft, warm and beautiful. At our farm we breed, raise and sell alpacas.
Our angora goats are the feisty entertainers of our enterprise. They are the escape artists and the tangled bundles of joy which always cheer the days. Their fleece provides mohair which is not only soft but full of crimp and sheen. Beautiful!
At Broadlands Meadows Farm we keep the famous and very rare North Ronaldsay seaweed eating sheep (only 600 left) and the even rarer Borerays. The under fibre of the “Ronnies” is very fine and very attractively coloured, Read more
from creams, to typically coffee browns, through to black. The Boreray fibre is sought after for its outstanding ability to take dye, not only very readily, but enhancing the vividness of the colours used. We are very fond of these small and remarkably agile sheep, and are pleased to help, if only in a small way, to maintain breeds in serious danger of extinction. At Broadlands Meadows Farm we benefit from membership of; The Soay and Boreray Sheep Society, Small Shepherds Club and The North Ronaldsay Sheep Fellowship.
Broadlands Meadows Farm provides luxury fibres from our range of alpacas and angora goats. Alpaca fleece comes in natural shades of white, brown, black and grey but can also be dyed into powerful shades. Our spun yarns are generally sold in natural shades as the white yarn is fairly easily dyed to personal preference by knitters or weavers. Read more
We use acid dyes to provide colours for our own handmade products. Alpaca fleece is naturally hypoallergenic and warm in use. The material becomes softer with washing and wearing. Angora fleece is soft and has a beautiful sheen. It is known as mohair - as distinct from angora which is the fleece from angora rabbits. Angora goats are white and the spun yarn is light and bright and it takes colour beautifully. We are also building up a collection of sheeps’ fleece because it encourages the survival of endangered breeds and provides different colours and textures.
With such a fine selection of fibres it has been important to develop uses and examples of their strengths. Knitting and sewing, wet felting and needle felting are popular pastimes and once crafters see the products they are more aware of the infinite potential. We work to show knitted products, children’s items & clothing, felted garments and unusual Read more
We have a selection of carded alpaca fibres which can be used for spinning, wet felting, needle felting, embellishing or even weaving. Craft workers may find other opportunities as they work the fibres. These are provided in natural alpaca fleece in shades of brown, black, grey and white. The white fibres can be easily dyed to personal preference.
Sweet wild meadow grasses and ﬂowers are cropped from some 30 plus acres in June each year. Much of this crop is fed to the livestock at Broadlands Meadows Farm, and the surplus is sold on.
NO artiﬁcial fertilisers are used on the land, the plants just grow naturally.
More info and pricing please visit the products page
Broadlands Meadows Farm warmly welcomes visitors ( by arrangement please ) and oﬀers therapeutic time and activities for a variety of people needing that little something extra, diﬀerent and beneﬁcial.
We are proud to work with Farm Buddies based at Greatham, The Little School of Sheet and Albany Farm Care of Havant, and Fareham.
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Alpaca is a specialty fibre that has been described as stronger than mohair, finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, softer than cotton, warmer than goose down, and better-breathing than thermal knits!
Alpacas were domesticated by the Incas more than 6,000 years ago and raised for their exquisite fleece.
Alpacas are the only known species to have the right and left sides of their top lips working separately and independently!
Alpacas are known to spit if threatened!
North Ronaldsay Sheep have evolved to, and can, subsist almost entirely on seaweed – they are one of few mammals to do this!
The fleece from an Angora Goat is called mohair and is a luxury fabric!
Below are links to our memberships and accreditations, we are especially proud of our CEVAS accreditation which recognises us in our learning and preparation for high quality visits and farm experiences.
Broadlands Meadows Farm,
We are pleased to welcome all visitors, but to ensure we can give you our full attention please phone or use the contact form to make an appointment. Thanks!
Tel: 07968 437861