About Miniature Llamas/Alpacas
The domestic Llama and the Alpaca were developed through thousands of years of controlled breeding by the Incas. They played an integral
part in the Inca civilization which dwelled╩on the high Andean plateau and the mountains╩of South America.╩They used Llamas as pack
animals as well as for their meat, hide and sinew; the Alpacas were bred for their fine fiber.
The first Alpacas were imported into North America in 1984 from Bolivia and Chile. Peru considers Alpacas its national treasure, only
allowing export of these animals into the United States since 1993. Currently, there are only 11,000 Alpacas in the United States.
Alpacas weigh between 100 and 150 pounds. Their height limit at maturity is approximately 38 inches. It takes a female Alpaca eleven
months to have a baby "cria". Crias are weaned at three to four months. Alpacas╩live up to 25 years.
Alpacas are a domesticated member of the camelid family and a cousin╩of the Llama. Alpacas have large, expressive eyes, a short triangular
muzzle and abundant fine fiber. An annual yield of fiber is approximately six pounds from a female and more than ten pounds from a male.
There are two types of Alpacas. Wool of the Huacaya Alpaca possesses crimp, making it easy to spin. The Suri Alpaca is rare, making up
only 20 percent of the world's alpaca population. Its fleece is extremely fine with little crimp. The fiber hangs from the animal in locks.
Alpacas are still fairly new and uncommon in North America. They are in increasing demand for their luxurious fiber. They are very friendly
and gentle enough to be handled by children.
We are very proud of the daily handling and care given to our miniatures here at Tanglewood Farm. We provide proper nutrition and quality
veterinary care to all of our animals. Our livestock is current on vaccinations, dental checkups, hoof care, and worming.
The health of our╩animals╩is very important to us, and we follow rather strict
practices. We maintain a closed herd, which means we do not bring in any new animals, embryos or semen. Once an animal is
sold, it may not be returned. So that we do not unintentionally introduce disease into our herds, we do not bring our╩animals
to shows, and we do not borrow or lend╩animals for breeding. We prefer
weanlings do not leave Tanglewood Farm before they are 4 months of age. They need time to grow and play with other weanlings, receive
discipline from their mothers, and time to change their diet gradually to eliminate the desire for mother's milk. This also enables
Tanglewood Farm time to deworm the weanlings and give them their first vaccinations. All miniatures come with Tanglewood Farm health
papers showing up to date vaccinations, deworming schedule, and hoof trimming schedule. They also leave Tanglewood Farm with a brand
new halter and leadline. If you need transportation, we can arrange ground transport within the US and Canada. To other countries, we
can arrange air transportation on major airlines.
We are very proud of our foundation bloodlines. You are welcome to ask for an extended Pedigree and Pictures for any of our miniatures.
If you see any you are interested in learning about, you may contact us by email
or telephone us at 770-667-MINI (6464).
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