Perfect for a family farm, alpacas are gentle and easy to handle. They are safe even for younger children to work with, as they do not bite or butt. This is a venture that the whole family can work together on.
It is our vision that alpacas can become a vital part of the American economy. Well suited to the land and environment here they are also environmentally friendly, protecting the land that we love.
- Alpacas have soft padded feet. This leaves pasture undamaged, and usable for years.
- They have no top front teeth, so they are gentle grazers.
- The alpaca does not usually eat or destroy trees.
- The average alpaca only eats four pounds of food a day.
- Although they need a regular fresh water supply, alpacas do not require abundant amounts of water.
- The herd tends to deposit their manure in one or two spots in the pasture, making clean up easier.
- Alpaca manure is a fantastic fertilizer.
- One good acre of pasture can support up to ten alpacas.
- Alpacas require minimal fencing, as they do not challenge it.
- However, be careful to have enough fencing to keep them safe from predators (we use post and no climb wire fencing about 5 feet high).
- They can produce four to ten pounds of fleece a year.
- Their fleece produces 87 to 95 percent clean fiber compared to sheep’s wool.
- People who are allergic to wool are generally not allergic to alpaca fiber.