Keeping alpacas is a great way to spend your time, whether just as a hobby or as a full-time job. As alpacas typically live between 15-20 years, it is well worth spending some time learning about their background and needs before you go ahead and purchase them.
Part of the Camelid family, Alpacas are related to camels, vicuñas, guanacos and llamas. Often confused with llamas, alpacas differ in being smaller, less shaggy in appearance and having straighter ears. Alpacas come in two different breeds: Huacayas (the most popular breed) and Suri (these have a much longer, curly fleece).
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Alpacas are very sociable animals, so it is recommended to keep them in groups of at least 3. Good-quality grass is essential for grazing, and we recommend no more than 5 alpacas per acre. Alpacas have pads rather than hooves, so they will be gentle on the land in comparison to other livestock. Stock fencing is usually sufficient to safely contain alpacas.
Originating from the mountain ranges in southern America, alpacas are very used to scaling heights and being exposed to extreme weather conditions, making them hardy animals who enjoy being outdoors. That being said, a field shelter serves to protect them from extreme rain and sun.
Still interested in keeping alpacas? We recommend you visit a few alpaca keepers in order to discover first-hand how herds are managed and cared for. You can also receive some much-needed advice and guidance, and may even get some personal experience in handling them. We offer valuable guidance and support to individuals considering keeping alpacas, as well as welcoming visitors to see our beautiful herd. Please contact us for further information or to arrange a visit.