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About Alpacas

Sheebah and her cria, Ricolette

Alpacas - the Aristocrat of Farm Animals!

Alpacas were a cherished treasure of the ancient Inca civilization. They played a central part in the Incan culture that was located on the high Andean plateau and mountains of South America. Alpacas, and their cousins, the Llama, have been domesticated for some 6,000 years. A few Alpaca facts:
  • Alpacas are earth friendly, they browse on natural grasses without harming trees or terrain.
  • Alpacas are safe, easy to handle, they do not butt or bite.
  • Alpacas are easy to raise, requiring minimal feed, shelter, fencing, or veterinary care.
  • Alpacas produce a renewable cash crop each year in the form of fiber.
  • Alpacas are fully insurable against loss and come with reproductive guarantees.
  • Alpacas have tax advantages such as expense deduction, depreciation, and the deferred recognition of accumulating wealth.
  • Lifespan: 15 to 20 years.
  • Average height: 36" at the withers.
  • Breeding: Alpacas do not come into heat, allowing ranchers easy control of the birthing season and planning for extended vacations.
  • Colors: Alpacas come in many colors, more than 22 natural variations and blends. Of the 261,775 registered alpacas in the US as of July 2018, 25.39% are white, only 6% are grey, and 9.75 are true black.
Bella, born 2013

  • Average weight: 15 to 19 pounds at birth, they grow to 100 to 175 pounds, less than 1/2 the weight of a Llama.
  • Average Gestation: 335 - 350 days and rarely twins. In 2011, however, twin boys were born in Granada, Northern California. Harry and David and their mom are doing very well. Harry and David now live at our ranch.
  • Birth: Babies usually try to stand within 30 minutes and nurse within 1-2 hours. Birth almost always occurs between 9am and 2pm allowing you to sleep comfortably through the night.

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