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Alpaca history

Alpacas are the oldest domesticated animal on our planet and until 25 years ago, the delight of owning these magical creatures was solely the privilege of the people in South America...

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Why alpacas

Alpacas are the perfect animal for the small land owner...

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Alpaca breeds

About the Breeds
Alpaca, llama, guanaco and vicuna are part of the camel (camelid) family tree.  Treasured by the ancient Inca civilization, there are today about 2.5 million alpaca in the Andean Altiplano region of Peru, Chile and Bolivia.  Camelids are a modified ruminant, not only eating less grass than most other animals but converting it to energy very efficiently.  Unlike the true ruminant they have three compartments to their stomach not four.  It is for these reasons that Camelids can survive in areas that would otherwise be unsuitable for other domesticated animals.

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How to get started in the alpaca industry

Alpacas have their babies (Cria) between 10 am and 2 pm on sunny days – This is why they are the perfect lifestyle animal.

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Plans to run Fielddays and Shows are being consolidated at present and you will be the first to know details if you check this page.

 

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