Pennsylvania Alpaca Farms
Alpacas come in two varieties: the crimpy Huacayas and the locketed Suris. Alpacas produce fine fiber which is not "prickly" but is very light, soft and warm. Alpaca fiber can be hand or commercially spun and is used to make knitted, woven, braided and felted articles as well as clothing. Alpacas do not need to be groomed. Alpacas come in 22 natural colors: various shades of fawn, black, brown, gray, white, rosegray, and multi colored pintos. Alpacas are first bred at 12 to 18 months of age, have a gestation period of 11 months and very rarely have twins. Alpacas communicate by humming and live peacefully in herds. They get along well with other domestic animals. Alpacas weigh an average of 120 to 175 pounds, are 36 inches at the wither and can live in excess of 20 years. Alpacas are ideal for small acreage farms. It is not necessary to have an expensive barn or special fencing. A maximum of 10 per acre and a minimum of 2 is recommended. Alpacas "cush" when in transit and can easily be transported in a mini van. Alpacas are browsers and are gentle on pastures because of their padded feet. An adult eats approximately 3 pounds of hay daily. Alpacas pastures are easy to keep clean because alpacas only use a communal dung pile. Alpacas are intelligent animals, easy to train, gentle and safe for children to handle because they do not bite or kick. Alpacas can be raised as income producing breeding stock, pets, 4H animals or as fiber producers. They are considered the world's finest livestock investment.
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