Alpacas are gentle beautiful animals that are curious, intelligent and predictable. They are herd animals that seek companionship with each other and are often heard softly humming. Their fleece is often compared to cashmere for its softness.
Alpaca fleece is shorn off the alpaca once per year. The fleece is used to create yarn, fabric and other products such as sweaters, blankets, rugs, scarves, and shawls. While still soft, alpaca fleece is extremely strong and thus can be made into thin fabric and still remain soft and warm. Alpaca fleece grows naturally on the animals in 22 color classifications and all shades in between ranging from white to black, shades of brown, tan, grays, rose grays and silver grays.
Alpacas have a breeding lifetime of about 15 years, with females capable of producing one cria per year. The value of the ARI Registered alpaca is high and has remained strong since they were first imported in 1984. Alpacas can vary in price, but are based upon their fleece and confirmation. Males of high quality can be Herdsires, and bring in breeding fees from $2000 to $5000.
Alpacas are cousins to the llama and are part of the camelid family. They are native to the Andean Mountain range of South America, mainly Peru, Bolivia and Chili. They were first imported into the United States in 1984.
Elizabeth is so friendly and easy going, that she just walks along with you in the field. If you sit down, she will sit down beside you. When she isn't pregnant - that is. Even when she is, she is still friendly. Her fiber is dense, her confirmation ...