Questions and Answers
Q. Do people have allergies to alpaca fur?
A. No. Unlike wool, alpaca fleece does not have lanolin oils.
Q. What are alpacas raised for?
A. Alpacas are primarily raised for their luxurious fine fleeces, used for making incredibly soft garments.
Q. How many alpacas can you have on an acre of land?
A. You can easily have 7 - 10 alpacas per acre.
Q. How long do alpacas live?
A. Alpacas generally live 20 - 25 years.
Q. How long have alpacas been in the United States?
A. Alpacas were first imported into the United States in 1984.
Q. Where do alpacas come from?
A. Alpacas were imported into the United States from Peru, Chile, and Bolivia.
Q. Do alpaca spit?
A. Alpacas do have the ability to spit. However, they usually don't spit at humans. They will sometimes spit at each other at feeding time, fighting for their hierarchy.
Q. How much food do alpacas eat?
A. Other than pasture grazing, each bred female eats approximately 12 ounces of pelleted alpaca feed per day, and males eat approximately 6 ounces of pelleted alpaca feed per day. They also receive free choice feeding of hay.
Q. Do alpacas chew cud?
A. Yes. Alpacas have a three-chambered stomach, allowing them to process their food efficiently.
Q. How often do you have to shave the hair off an alpaca?
A. Alpacas are shorn only once a year, usually in the spring.
Q. How much fleece does an alpaca produce?
A. On average, an adult alpaca will produce five to ten pounds of fiber.
Q. What do you do with alpaca fleece?
A. Alpaca fleece is processed and turned into prized yarns. These yarns are used for making hats, gloves, socks, blankets, etc. as well as elegant clothing such as dresses and slacks. You can even use alpaca fleece to make slippers or rugs, or use it for stuffing in pillows.