Funtington alpacas helping Southbourne growers

Sweet smell of success - Maggie Haynes of Tuppenny Barn Organics who now uses Peta Ives' alpaca manure for her veg.'''C120168-2 Chi Alpaca Poo  Photo Louise Adams
Sweet smell of success - Maggie Haynes of Tuppenny Barn Organics who now uses Peta Ives' alpaca manure for her veg.'''C120168-2 Chi Alpaca Poo Photo Louise Adams

AN ORGANIC smallholding in Southbourne is hoping for some top quality produce after starting an ex-poo-riment using manure from alpacas.

Tuppenny Barn Organics on Main Road has teamed up with Dunreyth Alpacas based in Funtington. Its owners Bruce and Peta Ives keep around 40 of the cute creatures and can take the animals for a walk in the country.

It was during one of these walks that Tuppenny Barn founder Maggie Haynes got talking to Peta and discovered the qualities of alpaca manure and decided that it could be put to good use on the smallholding to see what benefits it can bring.