Alpacas for Sale in New York
An Alpaca is a member of the camelid family (Vicuņa, Guanaco, Llama and Alpaca).
Alpacas are native to the Andes Mountain Range of South America. Primarily found in Peru, Bolivia and Chile.
There are two kinds of Alpacas, Huacaya (wah-KI-ya) and Suri (surrey).
The main physical difference between the two is their fleece:
The Huacaya has a waviness or crimp which gives them the appearance of being very fluffy.
Suris have no crimp, but instead their fiber clings to itself and forms pencil locks that hang down the body giving it a silky appearance.
The Alpaca stands approx. 36" tall at the withers (top of the shoulders) and weighs between 100-200 lbs.
Alpacas are raised and valued for their fleece, which is sheared once a year and turned into yarn, rovings (continuous twisted strand) or felt.
The gestation period of an alpaca is 11-12 months, and a baby alpaca is called a cria.
Alpacas are herd animals and need at least one companion of the same gender.
A herd of 6-10 alpacas can be raised on as little as one acre of pasture, with fresh water supplied daily and additional grains supplemented at the owner's preference.
Alpaca owner's have found raising alpacas to be a wonderful and relaxing lifestyle.
What is an alpaca?
Native of South American Mountains (altiplano region of Peru, Chile and Bolivia) Pseudo ruminant (cud chewer) that primarily eats forages and browses "Sheep Size"... 36 inches tall and weighs about 125-175 lbs. Lives twenty or more years, ready for breeding at two years of age Has one baby (cria) after a nearly year long gestation Distant relative to the camel and cousin to the larger llama Two types: sure ("surry") and huacaya ("wa ki ya") First imported into the USA in 1984.
Are alpacas hard to raise?
Stocking rate of about 15 times horse density per acre
Low feed cost... about $250 per year
Minimal veterinary needs... yearly shots and occasional worming
Inexpensive fencing is the norm as alpacas do not challenge fences
Daytime birthing 80-90% of time... 8:00am - 3:00
Why are alpacas so valuable?
Small numbers... about 60,000 in the USA and no more importations allowed
Stable prices for more than 25 years
DNA verified and low cost registry (ARI)
Strong national breeders association (AOBA)
Superb fleece as soft as cashmere
Alpaca fiber is stronger than wool and several times more insulating
World wide sale of alpaca fiber for over 100 years
Not an exotic animal... "alpacas are livestock" (IRS section 179)
What farm management is appropriate for alpacas?
One acre of pasture can typically support 6-8 alpacas
Good supply of fresh water
Appropriate horse type fencing
Supply of good quality winter forage
Shelter from winter wind
Protection from feral dogs
Yearly spring shearing
What is the status of the fiber market?
Strong world wide market for alpaca fiber
Alpaca fiber has been known for over 2,000 year as a luxury fiber
Alpaca fleece is very light, doesn't itch or have "wet sheep" odor
Alpaca fiber is not allergenic
Processing mills are developing regionally
Co-ops and fiber pools are rapidly expanding
What forages are good for alpacas?
Moderate protein (10-12%); 58-62% TDN
Late gestation/lactating females can use 15-18% forages
Alpacas require moderate dietary copper
Mold and plants poisonous to sheep (i.e. rhododendron) can be deadly
Blister beetle in alfalfa kills alpacas (like horses)
Bermuda grass (south) and orchard grass (north) are superb forages
Odd facts about Alpacas:
Male alpacas "sing" to the female while breeding
Steroids, even 1% topical, will cause abortions
Alpaca manure is virtually odorless (NPK 1-2-1)
Dams are incredibly good mothers
Males are very gentle and do not challenge adults or children
Crias can gain 0.5-1.0 lb per day
2,4-D can kill Alpacas
Alpacas have no front upper teeth (like cows)
Males have "fighting teeth" (like pigs)
Alpacas love water and enjoy being misted during very hot weather
For more information visit the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) website at alpacainfo.com
Alpacas produce a luxurious fleece that is sheared from the animal once a year in the spring. No harm comes to the animal in this process. An average year's growth for an adult alpaca is 2-6 inches in length, resulting in 5-13 pounds of fiber. Alpaca fiber is prized for its fineness, softness, strength, lightness, and lack of "prickle". The fineness of the fleece varies from 14-30 microns (1/25,000 of an inch) in diameter, with the finest fleeced alpacas being sought after by breeders and buyers. Alpacas have a wider range of naturally occurring colors than other fiber-producing animals, with 22 distinct colors being recognized by The Alpaca Registry. Alpaca fiber is spun into specialty yarns that are then knitted and woven into luxurious, warm and long-wearing garments.
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