Why Alpacas?

  1. Alpacas are clean and intelligent and an eco-friendly animal
  2. They produce fibre that is a fine as cashmere, soft, silky and much warmer and stronger than sheep’s wool.
  3. Alpacas come in over 22 natural colours, eliminating the need to dye the fleece and therefore no fading of the product produced.
  4. Alpacas are quiet, peaceful animals and make soft humming sound to communicate. They are ideal for hobby farms and small acreages since 1 acre of productive pasture can sustain 5-8 animals.
  5. Alpacas are easy to raise, can be handled by anyone and are safe around children.
  6. Alpacas are extremely hardy and adaptable to most climates, elevations and conditions.
  7. Alpaca adults weigh an average of 125 to 175 lbs. They live 20-25 years.
  8. Alpacas eat 2 pounds of hay per day and around a cup of a supplement per day.
  9. Female alpacas are usually first bred at 18 months of age. Their gestation period averages 11 ½ months. Males are usually ready to breed between 2 and 4 years of age.
  10. As a rule, the female gives birth during the day, usually between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  11. Alpaca ‘poop’ is a natural and eco-friendly fertilizer for gardens and house plants.