We wanted to share a little information
Just to help you better understand a bit about
these wonderful, special animals!
- Use a common area for excrement
- Do not bite and rarely kick
- Have the finest fiber in the world,
much warmer than wool, softer than cashmere,
& as durable and lustrous as silk!!
- Provide excellent tax advantages
- There are approximately 4,000 US alpaca farms and
thousands of people are working in many aspects of
the alpaca industry. Veterinarians & researchers,
fiber processors and fashion designers
will be needed to support the alpaca industry.
- Are in the camelid family
It goes: Camel, Llama, Alpaca, Vicuna
South America had kept these animals from export
until about 25 years ago, at which time
we were allowed to import some. Standards were set and
the initial herds arrived here.
Now, only those animals born in the USA can be registered and each and every animal is DNA tested at birth to
verify their parentage.
Registration standards are very high!
Today, there are a little over 160,000 animals in the USA.
There are over 4.5 million in Peru alone.....and since only USA born alpacas can be registered, we are at the very beginning of this new industry here in our country.
There are always visitors to our farm,
and kids love to interact with the alpacas!
Are kept for breeding only if they are of very superior quality.
The aim is that only the top 10% of males
will be kept as herd sires.
The others are gelded and sold as pets or companion
herd mates for small farms.
They can be used for their fiber and to visit schools &
nursing homes, march in parades,
but mainly to just give pleasure to families.
When we started our farm, female alpacas sold for $10,000 and up.....
one sold at auction in 2006 for $305,000.
and the average for a good quality female alpaca
was around $15,000 to $30,000. But today, due to the
change in our economy
ALPACAS ARE NOW AN AFFORDABLE INVESTMENT
We offer start up packages of two females, bred
to our top herdsires, beginning at $8,000.
Our stud fees run from $500 to $2500.
It takes eleven months to have their cria, and their female offspring
often sell for the price you paid for the female.
**Do they spit?**
Most animals have a pecking order
...dogs growl and show their teeth
to their rivals, while horses bite and kick.
Animals in the camelid family spit at each other to gain their placement in the herd.
So, yes, they spit.
I would say it is rare to be spit at by an alpaca,
unless you have frightened or hurt them.
And there are three kinds of spit: air, grain, and the really bad, green and smelly stuff saved for when they are feeling that they are really in trouble.