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ALPACAS:

Facts:

  • Alpacas produce one of the world's finest and most luxurious natural fibers. This cashmere-like fleece comes in more colors than any other animal-derived fiber. Alpacas were imported into the United States in the mid-1980s from South America or England. Today, the United States leads all countries with 32,046 Alpacas.

    Source: Texas Department of Agriculture

  • Physical Facts: Life span: About 18-20 years; average height: 3 feet at the shoulder and 4.5 feet at the head. Average weight: Adult, 150-185 lbs. Baby, 16-20 lbs at birth. Average gestation: 11 months. Birth: A baby is normally delivered without human assistance during morning daylight hours. Twinning is extremely rare. The babies (called crias) are normally up and nursing within 90 minutes. They are weaned at 6 months. Reproduction: Females are first bred at 14-18 months of age. Alpacas are induced ovulators and can be bred at any time of the year. Color: Fiber colors range from a true non fading black to brilliant white with roans, pintos, browns, reds, fawns, rose grays, charcoal grays, and others. Fiber Production: The average production is about 4 lbs. per year per adult alpaca and sells (in a clean state) for about $3 to $6 per ounce. Shearing is recommended every 1-2 years depending on climate. Health: Alpacas are very hardy, healthy, and easy to care for. In most cases you will only have your Vet out twice a year for shots and other maintenance procedures (depends on your area, ask your Vet).

    Source: http://netvet.wustl.edu/species/exotic/alpaca.txt


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