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ALPACA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

How many Alpacas can be kept per acre?

 Approximately 4/5 per acre. Never keep an alpaca alone.
  

Do Alpacas need shelter?

 Alpacas are naturally used to fairly severe conditions and can live outside throughout the year. However, they do appreciate a simple field shelter to escape the hot sunshine and heavy rain. Mature trees and good hedges can suffice.
  

Are Alpacas friendly?

 Alpacas are alert, curious, calm and predictable. They do not bite and can be handled with ease once trained. However, they do need the companionship of other camelids
  

What do Alpacas eat?

 Alpacas are grazers and do well on just grass. However, during the winter months they may need some hay and supplemental feed. An alpaca costs far less to feed than most traditional domestic animals.
  

Are Alpacas good with other animals?

 Alpacas can be kept with other animals. Ours have shared fields with horses, sheep and cattle. Once introduced to your cat or dog they tend to ignore them. They do however keep foxes and strange animals away. In many countries alpacas are kept with sheep to ward off any unwanted intruders.
  

Can Alpacas be trained?

 Alpacas seem to be intelligent creatures learning very quickly to accept a halter and to be lead.
  

What are Alpacas used for?

Alpacas are shorn for their valuable fleeces.
They are shown.
They are kept as an attractive alternative to sheep and lawn mowers.