Alpacas are gentle, curious, intelligent livestock
that are raised for their fiber.
Alpaca Fleece - Soft, Luxurious, Amazing
Alpaca fleece is amazingly soft and luxurious
while still being very warm and strong. It is
comparable in feel to angora and cashmere. Alpaca
fleece is desired by fiber artists for spinning,
knitting, crocheting, weaving and felting and
in the fashion industry for top-of-the line garments.
It is suitable for everything from socks to scarves,
sweaters, coats, dresses, jackets, hats and even
for insulation! See our selection of 100%
alpaca yarn, made in the USA from homegrown
are related to llamas (as members of the same
camelid family along with camels and vicunas),
but they are much smaller than llamas. Full grown
alpacas' heads reach from 5 to 6 feet high and
they weigh between 140 and 200 pounds. You can
easily distinguish between llamas and alpacas
by the shape of their ears. Llamas have curved
banana shaped ears and alpacas have pointed, spear-shaped
Alpacas have specifically been bred throughout
the centuries in the Andean mountains of Peru,
Chile and Bolivia to create fiber that is uniform
and soft throughout. Often, fleece can be made
directly into yarn straight from the alpaca without
the need for removing guard hairs, and this yarn
will be fine enough to wear next to the skin.
Alpacas have two toes on each foot with toenails
on each toe that need occasional trimming. They
are very gentle on the environment: with their
small size, they don't eat a lot especially compared
to horses and cows that can weigh up to 10 times
as much! Their padded feet don't kill the pasture
grasses and they don't pull the grass roots up,
but just nibble the grass blades down near to
Reproduction and Compounding Investments
age females optimally have one offspring per year.
The gestation period is a little over 11 months.
This slow rate of reproduction keeps supplies
low and demand high. As a result of this along
with national registry's restriction against new
imports, selling offspring has been a profitable
business for over two decades.
Caring for Alpacas
Alpacas need shade from the sun in the summer,
and basic, simple shelter in order to keep dry
in cold, wet weather. Good fencing, such as 2"
x 4" woven "No Climb" fencing,
is essential to keep predators out.
They need clean, fresh water. They eat hay or
pasture grasses, a pellet vitamin/mineral supplement
available in most feed stores, and a loose mineral/salt
mixture. In addition, they require shearing once
a year, occasional toenail trimming and periodic
vaccinations and de-worming appropriate to the
area you live in that you should work out with
Raising alpacas offers a peaceful and rewarding
farm lifestyle caring for adorable, intelligent
animals away from the frantic, crowded city environment.
You are invited to come for a visit
to our farm to see what we mean and pick out
your first alpacas!