Adrian and Jo Stewart both spent their formative years on
working farms so they were by no means strangers to farming
started breeding their first alpaca farm in the Cotswolds, England.
Photo: Jo Benson & Adrian Stewart
Adrian Stewart was born and
raised in Skipton, Yorkshire, England. The town started life
ago as a sheep farm. The Anglo-Saxon words 'scipe', meaning
sheep, and 'ton', meaning settlement, became Skipton. As
schoolboy, the sheep farms of the Yorkshire Dales lay to
the north and to the south the woolen textile mills of Bradford
and surrounding towns including Saltaire, the village created
by Sir Titus Salt from the profits of his alpaca enterprise.
Adrian's family have been involved in sheep farming and
textiles for over 200 years. Adrian and his wife Jo bred
huacayas on their alpaca farm in
the UK for a number of years before moving to Oregon in the
summer of 2004 to establish Mulberry Alpacas, Alpaca Farm. In January
Adrian was elected president of the State of Jefferson Alpaca
Association (SOJAA). The purpose of the State of Jefferson
Alpaca Association is to unite the alpaca breeders of Southwest
Oregon and Northern California so as to promote the alpacas
within the area. You can find a more detailed
biography for Adrian Stewart here.
Jo Stewart was born and raised in a
small village near Nottingham and spent much of her childhood
helping out on three of the family farms. As a lifelong vegetarian,
animal welfare and respect has always been foremost in her
philosophy. She has never lived in a home without cats and
dogs and is now extending her animal handling techniques to
camelids with great effect on her alpaca farm.
Jo is keen to become a Practitioner of Camelidynamics under
the guiding hand of Marty McGee Bennett and was an attendee
on the 2004 inaugural Practitioners workshop. The concept
of high levels of animal care in handling are integral to
the success of Mulberry Alpacas.
Together, Jo and Adrian bring
a wealth of experience to their alpaca business and at the
same time know the challenges of starting from scratch in
the North America marketplace having just done so themselves on the Mulberry Alpaca Farm.
What other breeder has this amount of experience yet still
understands the challenge of starting an alpaca business?
Mulberry trees and Alpacas – what’s the
In the 1850’s when alpaca fibre was first processed
commercially to worsted by Sir Titus Salt, he described his
new lustrous fabric as “alpaca - silk for the price
Silk, like alpaca, is an animal fibre. Around 3,000 BC, about
the time the Incas were enjoying the benefits of domesticated
alpacas, the Chinese became the first people to understand
how to raise and manufacture silk. The mulberry tree was cultivated
to provide food for the silkworms. There - that is the connection
between mulberry trees and alpacas!
We invite you to browse through our website, we are constantly
updating and adding to our website. So please check back often
and contact us for any questions you might have. Thank You,
Adrian & Jo.