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What is an alpaca?

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What is an alpaca?

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Breeders say an alpaca is: 1. The cutest tax shelter ever. 2. The most expensive hobby farm ever. 3. An alternative to stress. 4. The sweetest little eyes you will ever see. 5. A beautiful face. 6. A curious and intelligent bundle of fiber. 7. A live teddy bear you can cuddle and love. 8. The greatest animal in the world. 9. A healer of the soul. 10. Calm in the storm of modern life Alpaca Facts Alpacas in America The first alpacas were imported into America in 1984. There are over 50,000 alpacas now in the United States. They can be found in every state with the greatest concentration in Ohio, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and California. The average life span is 15-20 years. Females mature around 18 months to 2 years. They have single births, beginning around three years of age. The gestation period is 11 months. Males mature at 2 3 years of age. Newborn alpacas are called Crias (pronounced cree as). At birth they weigh 12 to 18 pounds.

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black alpacaAlpacas are a domesticated member of the camelid family related to the llama and camel. They’re about one-third to one-half the size of llamas and can easily be trained and handled, even by children. They typically weigh between 120 to 170lbs and stand 30 to 40 inches at the withers. Alpacas come in many colors. Twenty-two are currently recognized by the alpaca fiber industry, but there are more. Their feet are padded, similar to a dogs which makes them easy on the land. They do not have upper teeth but instead have a hard upper pallet which is used to grind grass and hay. Instead of ripping the grass out by the roots, alpacas “clip” the grass leaving the roots unharmed which makes pasture maintenance much easier than owning any other livestock. There are two types off alpacas. Huacaya’s (pronounced Wa-Ky-yuhs) which are the fuzzy type, and the Suri alpaca. From a distance, the suri appears to have dread locks but up close you see the soft, twisting strands of fiber which d

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Alpacas are in the Camelid family, so they are cousins to the llama, camel and vicuna. They have been in the U.S. since the mid-1980’s and there are currently about 45,000 alpacas in the United States. Alpacas are bred for their high quality fleece, as show animals and for companionship. They have a range of 22 natural colors and are disease resistant. Alpacas produce one of the world’s most luxurious natural fibers, soft as cashmere and lighter, stronger and four times warmer than wool. It is enjoyed by spinners and weavers and is in high demand around the world.

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Alpacas are members of the Camelid family, originating from the Andes region in South America. They are closely related to their larger cousins, the Llama.

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An alpaca is a member of the camelid family. Most closely related to Llamas, and descendants of camels. Alpacas are small, gentle animals raised primarily for their soft, luxurious fiber. Their valuable fleece is harvested annually by shearing them in a way similar to the way sheep are shorn each spring. Due to harsh weather conditions prevailing in the Andes and a unique protein-free diet, Alpacas grow a fine hair with remarkable softness, fineness, length and strength. The fiber measures an extraordinary 8 to 12 cm. in length, and, depending on the grade, a fine 16 to 30 microns in diameter. These unique fleeces offer a wide range of 30 natural colors. This wide spectrum of natural colors makes alpaca an attractive alternative for top designer’s worldwide. Alpacas are carefully tended on a small scale by native Andean herds people. Shearing takes place every two years, with each animal yielding about 7.8 pounds of fleece. The sheared fiber of live animals is so valuable that alpacas

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