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.
Origin: Andes Mountains of Bolivia, Chile and Peru
Adult Height: Less than 32″
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