Did you know Alpacas are one of the smallest members of the camel family? Like their cousin, the Llama, they have been breed in South America for thousands of years.
There are two breeds of Alpacas, Huacaya and Suri. We raise Suri. The difference between the two is the fleece they produce. The Huacaya fleece has crimp which gives the Huacaya their fluffy, teddy-bear like appearance. Suri fleece is individual fiber strands that cling to themselves and hang down from the body in beautiful pencil locks. The Suri is very rare with a worldwide ratio of Huacaya to Suri at about 85% to 15%.
The gestation period is approximately 11 ½ months. The new-born Alpaca called cria usually weighs 15 – 19 pounds. Most cria’s are born in the morning between 8am and noon.
Alpacas are herd animals and need the companionship of other Alpacas.