Why Alpacas?

Alpacas are a gentle and intelligent breed. Alpacas produce one offspring a year. Alpacas are a social animal and do best when pastured with other alpacas. Fastidious in their habits, alpacas will tend to form communal manure piles, which assists in controlling their parasite load.

Alpacas have an affinity for children and house cats. Their intelligence means that alpacas are quick to train to a halter and lead. They are relatively easy to care for, and generally do well on a good quality grass hay where sufficient pasture is unavailable. It is possible to run as many as 10 alpacas per acre of pasture.

Alpacas are found in two distinct types. Huacaya alpacas produce a fleece that appears similar to sheep's wool. It is tightly crimped and stands perpendicular to the alpacas' body. These alpacas are the more common type. Good quality huacaya alpacas will produce as much as 12 pounds of luxurious fleece every year.

Suri alpacas possess a fleece that hangs in long curly locks. Suri alpacas' fleece has the general appearance of an angora goat. Suri alpacas are known for the luster of their fleece, a highly desired trait in the commercial textile industry.

Alpacas were first imported into the United States in the 1980's. There are currently around 50,000 alpacas in the US, being run on approximately 2000 farms. The alpacas slow reproductive rate means that the national herd size will remain relatively small for many years to come.

Alpacas come in a whole range of colors, 22 basic colors and then 250 different shades.

They are fully insurable, unlike the stock market.

There are two breeds of alpaca: Huacaya and Suri

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