Alpaca Facts!

Alpacas are America�s fastest growing livestock option!

  • Alpacas are members of camelid family - yes, like camels - and so are llamas. They have a split lip, soft padded feet, and are modified ruminants that chew their cud.
  • There are two types of alpacas - Huacaya with fluffy fiber, and Suri with silky locks. They are sheared once a year and produce fiber that can be sold for as much as $60 per pound. Fiber is highly desired by hand spinners and makes an excellent felt.
  • Alpaca fleece comes in a wide variety of colors from white to black.
  • Alpaca fleece is judged by the feel, crimp, fineness, density, and luster.
  • Alpacas originated in South America �in Peru, Chile, and Bolivia. They have been raised in the US for less than 20 years and number about 35,00 now. Alpacas are not imported from South America into the US.
  • They are herd animals, and live for about 20 years.
  • Alpacas are considered to be livestock with associated tax advantages for farmers. They are insurable and can be depreciated.
  • Gestation is about 11 1/2 months, and the offspring are called crias.
  • They are quiet animals and make a humming sound.
  • Alpacas are easily trained to lead and go thru obstacle courses.
  • Alpacas thrive on pasture or hay, small amounts of feed and mineral supplements. They are easily sheltered, but require special attention in hot humid weather.

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