We Love Our Alpacas & You Will Too!
Alpacas were a cherished treasure of the ancient Incan civilization and played a central role in the Incan culture that was located on the high Andean Plateau and mountains of South America. Alpacas were first imported to the United States in 1984. Alpacas are now being successfully raised and enjoyed throughout North America and abroad. There are two types of alpacas – the Huacaya and the Suri. The lifespan of the alpaca is about 20 years and gestation is 11.5 months. Alpacas eat grasses and chew a cud. Adult alpacas are about 36″ tall at the withers and generally weigh between 100 and 200 pounds. They are gentle and easy to handle. Alpacas don’t have incisors, horns, hooves or claws. Clean-up is easy since alpacas deposit droppings in only a few places in the paddock. They require minimal fencing and can be pastured at 5 to 10 per acre.
Alpacas produce one of the world’s finest and most luxurious natural fibers. It is clipped from the animal without causing it injury. Soft as cashmere and warmer, lighter and stronger than wool, it comes in more colors than any other fiber producing animal (approximately 22 basic colors with many variations and blends).This cashmere-like fleece, once reserved for Incan royalty, is now enjoyed by spinners and weavers around the world.
The Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America (AFCNA) accepts fleece from its members, and turns the precious textile into quality alpaca garments and products. Members benefit from a ready outlet for their fiber, while the cooperative works to increase awareness of and demand for this every day luxury.
Alpacas have been domesticated for more than 5,000 years. They are one of Mother Nature’s favorite farm animals. They are sensitive to their environment in every respect. The following physical attributes allow alpacas to maintain their harmony with our Mother Earth.
* The alpaca’s feet are padded and they leave even the most delicate terrain undamaged as it browses on native grasses.
* The alpaca is a modified ruminant with a three-compartment stomach. It converts grass and hay to energy very efficiently, eating less than other farm animals.
* Its camelid ancestry allows the alpaca to thrive without consuming very much water, although an abundant, fresh water supply is necessary.
* The alpaca does not usually eat or destroy trees, preferring tender grasses, which it does not pull up by the roots.
* South American Indians use alpaca dung for fuel and gardeners find the alpaca’s rich fertilizer perfect for growing fruits and vegetables.
* A herd of alpacas consolidates its feces in one or two spots in the pasture, thereby controlling the spread of parasites, and making it easy to collect and compost for fertilizer.
* An alpaca produces enough fleece each year to create several soft, warm sweaters for its owners comfort. This is the alpaca’s way of contributing to community energy conservation efforts.
We breed alpacas along with companion goats. Alpacas are a prey animal so need the same protection as your goats should you live in a rural area where there are predators such as coyotes and wild dogs. Female and gelded male guard llamas can be pastured with your alpacas to keep them safe from harm.
We rarely sell our alpacas but if you are interested in being put on a waiting list, please email your contact information so we can notify you when we have one available.
White Huacaya Herd Sire
ARI registered intact male
$8,000 (discount available if purchased with another of our goats or camelids)
Chocolate Brown Gelding
$2,000 (discount available if purchased with another of our goats or camelids)
TEX is approximately 8 years old and joined our ranch family on October 1, 2011. He is a Huacaya with short, dense, and crimpy fiber. TEX looks like a big ‘teddy bear’ with a shock of white fiber ‘bangs’ perched atop his head. TEX is quiet and gentle and enjoys the company of other alpacas, llamas and goats. Because he is gelded he can cohabitate with any of the other animals. TEX is shorn every spring before hot weather sets in here in Southern California.
We are members of Alpaca Registry Inc & Alpaca Owners And Breeders Association.
Just for fun I made this video of Tex since he reminds me of a fraggle rock character.
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