On March 4, we had some special guests here at Breezy Hill! It was an honor to have LCPL Joseph Jacob and PFC Isabella Ortega of the US Marines visit and speak with us. They made a brief documentary about our alpaca farm for a class project, and we think it is just delightful.
Press play to hear a bit about the farm and our wonderful animals and, of course, to see just how cute alpacas are. (Spoiler alert: They are very cute.)
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Alpacas are domesticated animals that are farmed for their prized coats. They are South American camelids plus are related to vicunas, llamas plus guanacos. Alpacas’ coats, which are sheared once per year, may be sold at high cost for use in designing cloths and in house materials. Alpaca fibers are both more robust and hotter than wool, and they’re also hypoallergenic.
Alpacas are native to South America, and were at first located in Peru, Ecuador, Republic of Bolivia and northern Chile. They are usually compared to llamas, and for a long time, alpacas were thought to have originated from llamas, reason being their appearances are similar. Some individuals assume that alpacas are the offspring of llamas and vicunas. However, in the year 2001, using DNA analysis, experts proved that alpacas are more closely related to the Vicuna. To reveal that relationship, the original name for the alpaca was changed from lama pacos to vicugna pacos.
Today, there’s about 70, 000 alpaca in the USA. Initially, the United States population was brought in from South America. Today, alpaca are no longer imported, and the US alpaca population grows strictly from local births.
A full-grown alpaca has a life expectancy of fifteen years, weighs anywhere between 100 and 180 pounds, and stands about three foot tall. The alpaca diet involves grass, hay and oats. These animals are ruminants, that indicates that like cattle and deer, alpacas are cud-chewers.
Alpacas are gentle animals, nonetheless they may shriek or spit if they are anxious, worried or angry. They usually reserve this stuff for other alpacas, but sometimes, they can aim this action at people. In the event you pay attention to an alpaca, you can notify how the animal feels, and can certainly avoid a confrontation! Alpacas do not enjoy to be held, but a lot will tolerate pampering from people they know and are comfortable with. Alpacas are naturally inquisitive animals. They don’t jump fencing and they may be halter-trained and led.
In a group, these animals use a common dung heap. This helps reduce the prevalence of disease in a herd. Because they are particular about their bathroom habits, some alpacas have recently been house broken!
In the earlier many years, many people have been considering raising alpacas for their wool, for showing and breeding. The gestation period for an alpaca is around eleven months on average. Twin alpacas are incredibly rare, occurring in only 1 of about every 12, 000 births. A lot of alpacas give birth to their newborns, called cria, in the morning.