Search

For sale! Your chance to buy a herd of 130 alpacas

PUBLISHED: 08:08 15 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:03 16 April 2018

AzSu Alpacas. Picture: Ian Burt

AzSu Alpacas. Picture: Ian Burt

Archant © 2012

A woman’s growing legacy in Norfolk is going under the hammer - but it might not be what you think.

Nikki Lenk runs AzSu Alpacas. Picture: Ian BurtNikki Lenk runs AzSu Alpacas. Picture: Ian Burt

In January 2000, when Su Lenk brought home five alpacas, she did not imagine that 22 years later her small herd would grow and increase its numbers to 180.

Now the owners of family-run AzSu Alpacas, based at The Low Farm, Letton, have decided to downsize following ambitious plans for the farm’s future.

A total of 130 of their “premium to pet quality” alpacas will be auctioned off tomorrow, Sunday April 15.

Husband of the late Mrs Lenk, Robert, said his wife “fell in love with alpacas at first sight” when she spotted them at a country fair.

AzSu Alpacas. Picture: Ian BurtAzSu Alpacas. Picture: Ian Burt

Not satisfied with five, the couple wanted more and eventually moved to their 55-acre farm, near Dereham.

After the move, Mrs Lenk immersed herself in the world of alpacas and studied everything there was to know, eventually culminating in a visit to Peru in South America to the Andean Altiplano - homeland of the alpaca.

“Su never considered her alpacas as ‘livestock’,” Mr Lenk said.

“When she walked among them, the herd would consider her as one of them. They would gather around her. She had an affinity with them. She was, to coin a phrase, their ‘herd goddess’.”

AzSu Alpacas. Picture: Ian BurtAzSu Alpacas. Picture: Ian Burt

Following Mrs Lenk’s death in 2010, the couple’s daughter Nikki took over as farm manager. Now Miss Lenk is pursuing a new dream for the farm which requires a considerable downsizing of the herd.

She said: “We want to carry on doing alpaca trekking. There’s also a new craze at the moment taking alpacas to weddings. We also have plans to create a DIY livery.”

Miss Lenk added that the auction would be “bittersweet” but said she was excited to share “such a beautiful and perfect area” with more people in the future.

Mr Lenk is also “running down” his business interests ahead of semi-retirement.

AzSu Alpacas. Picture: Ian BurtAzSu Alpacas. Picture: Ian Burt

A core herd of around 30 alpacas will remain and AzSu will continue to provide clients with advice, shearing, agistment, medical services and alpaca walks around the farm. The Alpaca Barn shop will also continue with a growing online presence.

The auction will take place at The Low Farm. Gates open at 9am and the auction will start at 11am. Potential buyers must register with the auctioneers before the sale begins.

Other news

08:47

Families will descend on a South Norfolk town this weekend as a popular community festival returns with a packed programme of music, theatre and arts.

An East Anglian audio visual retailer is expecting full-year results to come in ahead of expectations after an “encouraging” first half of the year.

Yesterday, 16:36

As fires burn in fields across Norfolk and Suffolk, forecasters have revealed it is going to get even hotter.

Yesterday, 15:33

Firefighters were called in to tackle a large rubbish blaze that re-ignited days after being originally been put out.

Most Read

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Treat the kids to hours of fun on flumes, inflatables and wave machines at these cool pools across the county...

Read more
Wales

An East Anglian audio visual retailer is expecting full-year results to come in ahead of expectations after an “encouraging” first half of the year.

Read more
United Kingdom
Yesterday, 15:33

Firefighters were called in to tackle a large rubbish blaze that re-ignited days after being originally been put out.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:36

As fires burn in fields across Norfolk and Suffolk, forecasters have revealed it is going to get even hotter.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:20

A hi-tech ultrasound device is set to be the latest weapon in efforts to find a solution to problems with blue-green algae which thrives in Diss Mere during the summer months.

Read more
Diss Town Council

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 25°C

min temp: 17°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Diss Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy