Located in the beautiful rolling North Devon countryside, Lower Langaton Farm has been in the Waldron family for over 100 years, and is currently farmed by Ian and Rachel with growing assistance from our daughters Daisy and Tabitha.
At Langaton we had a successful dairy unit of 105 Friesian cattle until 1996 when we decided to diversify into the alpaca business – initially with 2 pregnant females. With the dispersal of the dairy herd in 1999, further alpaca purchases and births our herd now stands at approximately 250 animals - these consist predominantly of Huacaya alpacas, with Suris accounting for around 10-15%.
Ian took over the running family farm at the age of 22 and ten years later was awarded the prestigious ‘South West Dairy Farmer of the Year’ – he has also run successful sheep and pig enterprises. Rachel is also a North Devon girl (although coming from the other side of the River Taw Ian disputes this fact!) and after leaving school spent two years at the Hampshire college of Agriculture at Sparsholt where she qualified as a Farm Secretary.
Our aim at Langaton is to selectively breed alpacas with good conformation, combined with the fleece characteristics of fineness and density – our success in the show ring illustrates that we are achieving our goal. In addition to this we pride ourselves in offering friendly, practical and non-biased advice to current and potential alpaca owners and welcome any feedback to improve a top quality service.
In 2004 we converted our redundant milking parlour into a classroom/conference/exhibition centre and the Alpaca Training Centre was launched. This has proved an enormous success in the provision of courses for all abilities and has also seen the first British Alpaca Judges qualify through its doors.
In November 2006 Ian successfully completed the British Alpaca Society Judge Training programme and is now a qualified British Judge - he enjoys judging alpacas at shows in the UK and has yet to return home with any mud on his face!