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Frequently Asked Questions

What are alpacas used for?

Alpacas are shorn for their very valuable fleeces. Its compact size contributes to easy management and to a desirability as a companion animal. Alpacas easily learn to lead, jump in and out of vehicles, kush (sit/lay down), and obey other simple commands thought all domestic members of the camelid family. They are popular show animals. Alpacas can also be seen at fairs and fiber tests throughout North America. No other animal which produces fiber for textile use has such an enormous variety of colors as alpacas. As in ancient days, alpacas are a mainstay to the Andean livestock economy, providing luxury fiber for export to the world marketplaces and meat for the Andean people. 

What do they eat?

Alpacas are modified ruminants. They rank high in digestive efficiency and do well on good quality, low protein forage and hays. Occasional supplemental feeds, vitamins, and minerals are provided when required. An alpaca costs far less to feed than most traditional domestic animals. 

What is their personality like?

Alpacas are alert, curious, calm and predictable. They need the companionship of other camelids, and will huddle together or move en masse when frightened or wary. 

How do alpacas communicate? 

Alpacas express themselves with a soft hum, with other vocalizations, and with body language, such as neck posturing, ear and tail positioning, and healed tilt. They have excellent eyesight and hearing, and will alert the herd and their human keepers with a staccato alarm call of perceived danger. Alpaca rarely spit at people unless frightened or abused, but will use this form of commutation with each other to register a complaint. 

Updated October 18, 2022