Hilary first joined Wire in 2000 when she ran an alpaca breeding business in Herefordshire – Zarza Alpacas. Achieving huge success within a very competitive market Hilary also achieved the status of Judge and could be seen at many county shows. She also bred Dexter cattle and swapped the delicious beef locally in return for lamb and pork.
In 2006 Hilary and her partner John decided to move the business to Italy where the alpaca industry was only in its infancy and so the next 10 years were spent firstly in Basilicata and then in Umbria. Zarza was recognised as having the best pedigree alpacas in the country. Both the animal sales and the development of alpaca yarn and products were well-received by the Italians.
In 2016, Hilary and John sold their various properties and the alpacas and they now live in Market Lavington, Wiltshire, and are enjoying being back in ‘Blighty’ and spending time with family friends and their three grandchildren.
Throughout the whole period Hilary has continued to run Raine Recruitment which specialises in search, selection and recruitment for the health and social care industry
October 2017 Hilary launched Wiltshire Quackers – breeding and selling Aylesbury Ducks for the table. Look at our Facebook page and if you like what you see please like us and share with friends!
As Network Leader for Wiltshire Hilary hopes to share her experiences as both a business owner and as a strong supporter of women in business. She hopes to attract to the Wiltshire network both women who are highly experienced and those who are new to rural enterprise who are needing to adapt to new ways of working.