Alpacas are social herd animals that feel best surrounded by other alpacas in groups. Alpacas like to roam everywhere and look after their crias (offspring) together. Alpacas are easy to communicate with and are naturally curious animals. In Europe and America, they are used for therapeutic activities and taken into care homes and other facilities.
Alpacas get along with other animals so they can be kept in small farms. Even though they are small herbivores, they are commonly kept with sheep goats and horses. Alpacas are calm, temperate, gentle, and possess good character, but they might spit if provoked, as it is an act of defence for them however this usually only occurs from the mother being protective of her cria (baby)
Alpacas are calm animals which silently “mow” your lawn, bushes and flowers for you. If unprotected by the owners, these so-called live lawnmowers might also indulge in unattended berry plants and vine leaves. Alpacas adapt to different temperatures and have warm and thick wool, so in the summer they are sheared and bye winter time they have grown enough fibre to keep them warm. During harsh wet winters it is essential to have some kind of shelter or barn where they can escape from extreme weather especially if you are planning to breed your alpacas. Taking care of alpacas is not a difficult or knowledge-intensive task. The most important thing to remember is that the animals must always have clean water to drink, hay in winter and grass in summer to eat. In order not to develop vitamin deficiency, alpacas also require supplements and mixed feed during winter months. Most alpacas owners including ourselves are always on the end of the phone of you have a problem or question about your alpacas. Alpaca toenails must be clipped every three to four months. It is best to keep them in large areas, yet they can graze in small lots as well. Depending on the fertility of your land and rainfall alpaca stocking rates are generally the same as sheep. it is recommended to keep several of them (at least 2-3 animals).
If you are thinking about purchasing an alpaca or simply would like more information don’t hesitate to contact us we are experienced alpaca farmers and we will do our best to help you on this exciting adventure.