We have a few new faces here at Breezy Hill Farm, and we couldn’t be happier about it. The crias and their mamas all are healthy and doing fine. Also they are cute.
First up we have Kronos.
We named him after the Greek god of time because he ignored the calendar and arrived a whopping SEVENTEEN DAYS LATE. Maybe he was just waiting for Mother’s Day, because it seemed appropriate. He was born to our beautiful Rhapsody, who no doubt was thrilled when he finally arrived… Read More
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Alpacas are domesticated animals that are farmed for their costly coats. They are South American camelids and are related to vicunas, llamas plus guanacos. Alpacas’ coats, that are sheared once per year, may be sold at a premium for use in making cloths and household items. Alpaca fibers are better and more comfortable than wool, and they’re also hypoallergenic.
Alpacas are from South America, and were at first located in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and northern Chile. They are often compared to llamas, and for a long time, alpacas were thought to have originated from llamas, since their appearances is the same. Some individuals think that alpacas are the offspring of llamas and vicunas. However, in 2001, using DNA analysis, researchers proved that alpacas are more related to the Vicuna. To indicate that similarity, the original name for the alpaca was changed from lama pacos to vicugna pacos.
Today, there are about 70, 000 alpaca in the United States. Initially, the US population was imported from South America. Today, alpaca shall no longer be imported, and the US alpaca populace grows strictly from local births.
A full-grown alpaca has a life span of 15-20 years, weighs between 100 and 180 pounds, and stands about three foot tall. The alpaca diet involves grass, hay and oats. These animals are ruminants, that means that like cows and deer, they are cud-chewers.
Alpacas are gentle animals, however they may shriek or spit at you if they are anxious, frightened or angry. Alpacas usually reserve this behavior for other alpacas, but from time to time, they may aim this action at people. If you pay attention to an alpaca, you can inform how the alpaca feels, and can simply avoid a confrontation! Alpacas do not like to be held, but most can tolerate petting from people they know and are comfortable with. These animals are naturally inquisitive animals. They don’t jump fencing and they can be halter-trained and led.
In a herd, alpacas use a common dung stack. This can help reduce the occurrence of disease among a herd. Reason being they’re particular about their bathroom practices, some alpacas have recently been house broken!
In the previous several years, a number of individuals have been thinking about raising alpacas for their wool, for showing plus breeding. The gestation time for a single alpaca is around 11 months on average. Twin alpacas are extremely uncommon, occurring in only one of about every 10, 000 births. Most alpacas give birth to their babies, called cria, in the morning.