Alpacas are South American camelids related to the vicuna, guanaco and llama. They are primarily raised for fiber and come in two Varieties: the crimpy "huacaya " and the locked "suri ".
They produce up to 15 pounds of fine, light, soft, warm fiber. Alpacas come in 22 natural colors, plus spotted.
Alpacas are slow reproducers with a gestation of about 11 months and maturity at 1.5 to 2 years. They usually have a single birth during daylight hours.
They have been known to live over 20 years. Adults weigh an average of 120 to 175 pounds. Height is about 36 inches at the shoulder.
They require being kept in at least PAIRS; they not do well alone.
They are easy on the land with their soft padded feet and are adaptable to most climates. Fairly easy keepers, they do not require expensive barns and fencing. They use a communal dung pile, so cleaning pastures is easy.
Alpacas are generally good natured, gentle, peaceful, curious animals.
There is nothing better then sitting and listening to the HUMMING coming from the pasture.