We have been keeping Alpacas at Longthorns for over 7 years now, it all started with losing our chickens to the fox, alpaca's are great guard dogs, and are often used to protect chicken and young lambs.
We only intended to buy three pet males , but instead bought six breeding females so we have embarked on a journey with our alpaca's . There has been lots to learn, breeding, fibre, husbandry. We keep a herd of around 20 animals , we show our quality animals, best prize to date for us was at The Alpaca National show with Fabio he came third against top breeders last year, and this year 2017 2nd
Maybe 1st Next Year !!!
How long do they live?.
Usually about 20 years
What is the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama?.
The llama is roughly twice the size of the alpaca and the llama has a very coarse outer coat over a softer inner coat - as opposed to the alpaca, which has a very fine, single coat. In addition, the llama produces far less fibre per animal than the alpaca, despite its much larger size. The llama has been bred as a pack-carrying animal. The alpaca was domesticated, and bred for over 5000 years as a luxury fibre-producing animal.
How many colours are there ?.
There are 22 recognised colours from White to Black, Greys, Fawn’s.
How big do they grow?
Alpaca grow up to one metre high, the babies (known as Cria's) weigh between 6 & 8 Kg at birth.
Do they spit ?.
Only usually at each other, or if they disagree with something we are doing to them, maybe foot trimming or husbandry.
How often are they sheared?.
Once a year, usually the end of May beginning ?
What is a baby alpaca called ?.
A baby alpaca is called a cria, they usually only have one, twins are very rare.
What do they eat?
Mainly grass and a all year round supply of good quality Hay, plus a winter supplement. You can keep 3 to 5 per acre depending on ground conditions.
Do they damage the pasture?
No alpacas have padded feet so do not churn up the pasture, they also dung in one pile so pasture management is easier.
Can alpaca be kept on their own?
No, Alpacas are a herd animal, they will become very stressed if separated from the others. Ideally three or more, they can live happily with goats, and sheep.
How often are they sheared?
Once a year, on good fleece can weigh up to 5 kg.
On the camp-site we allow the younger alpaca's to be walked , this is done under supervision and must be booked during your stay, suitable foot wear must be worn, no flip flops or open toe shoes.
We ask for a donation towards the winter feed.
This is weather permitting and a restriction is placed on the number of walks per day for the alpaca's welfare.
They enjoy the company, our alpaca being born on a camp site are very used to people.
We hope very shortly to be opening to the public for this activity.
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