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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Alpacas used for?
Alpacas produce one of the finest fibers in the world.  Alpaca garments are known for their warmth, wearability, durability, softness, and lightness.
Where would you sell the wool?
At this time we sell our fibre and products privately.
How often should they be sheared?
Once a year in the spring.  This allows time for regrowth before the cold winter temperatures arrive and the alpaca to be comfortable during the hot summer months.
What is the life span of an alpaca?
Their life span is between 15 - 25 years.
How many kinds of alpacas are there?
The 'Huacaya' is the most common alpaca type. It has a soft bonnet of wool on the forehead and the dense body wool grows straight out from the body. The 'Suri' is less common and is covered in long, pencil fine locks which hang straight down from the body.

What does an alpaca eat?

Alpacas are best suited to an orchard grass hay.  They do prefer a nice leafy hay.  During the summer months, alpacas graze on pasture if available.  Free choice minerals and other rations are also given.  Fresh water is a must.

What do I need for fencing and shelter?

Alpacas do not challenge or destroy fencing like other livestock.  A 5 foot no climb field fence is adequate to keep them safe from predators like coyotes and dogs.  Depending on your area, more secure fencing may be required.  Alpacas must have shelter from the elements.

What do alpacas cost?

Alpaca prices vary depending on the quality and fleece of the animal.  Quality breeding stock prices remain high.  Fibre animals are usually not registered as breeders and are very reasonably priced.