Alpacas are unique and wonderful creatures. They have adapted very well to life in Britain and are generally hardy, healthy, animals that are relatively easy to keep. However, it is important to be aware of acceptable ways of keeping this class of animal – including basic knowledge of their nutrition, exercise needs, breeding regimes, normal and abnormal behaviours. They are safe to keep, they don’t bite or butt and their gentle humming sound is calming and makes them ideal pets for children. The alpaca is a cousin of the Llama, but they are not exactly alike as Llamas are almost twice the size of an alpaca.
Husbandry & Welfare
Alpacas need shelter from the elements, shearing annually in late spring or early summer, a low protein high mineral diet, toes trimming every couple of months and checking at least once a day. Alpacas are easy to halter train once weaned.
Fibre & Products
Alpacas were bred by the Inca’s of Peru for their wonderfully soft and warm fibre. This cashmere-like fleece was once reserved for Incan royalty and is now enjoyed by spinners and weavers everywhere.