Some background information for anyone contemplating raising alpacas.
These animals require limited attention and can thrive on any type of pasture.
- Average lifespan : 15 – 20 years
- Origins : South America
- Breeding life : 12 cria per female
- Average height : 1 metre at the shoulder
- Average weight : 60-80 kgs
- Fibre : softer, lighter and stronger than wool
- Fibre production : 3 to 4kgs average per animal (one shearing annually)
- Price per kg : NZ$35 (approx US$15, £10.30, 17 EUR) – price varies depending on quality
- Colour : 22 basic colours
- Gestation : 11.5 months
- Offspring : one cria (baby) every 14-15 months.
- Diet : grass, hay and occasional supplements
- Stock rate : 4 to 5 alpacas per acre depending on soil type
- Communication : alpacas express themselves with a soft “humm”
- Hembra : female alpaca
- Machos : male alpaca
Like any business, the more effort that is put in, the better the rewards.