Almost Canyon Ranch
Amarillo, TX

About Alpacas

Alpacas date back to the ancient Incan civilization in South America.They were and still are an
important part of the lives and culture of the people of Peru.They were first imported into the
 United States in 1984. Since then they have gained popularity all over the country.
There are now over 120,000 alpacas registered with the Alpaca Registry.
To maintain the purity of the bloodlines, DNA testing is done to prove
 parentage before they can be registered.

             Huacaya Alpacas      

        Suri Alpacas

There are two types of alpacas, Huacaya (pronounced wah-KI-ya) and Suri. The Huacaya alpacas
 have thick
, dense fleece. The Suri alpacas have a longer, silky fiber which falls like "dread locks".
 Alpacas are part of the camelid family and are the smaller "cousin" of the llama and camel.
 Adult alpacas are typically about 36" at the whithers. The gestation for an alpaca
is about 11 1/2 months. they deliveer a single "cria". The average birth weight
 of a cria is 12-20 pounds. The are weaned at 6-8 months of age.


Alpaca fiber is the fastest growing textile in the United States and can be made into everything from soft scarves
luxurious sweaters to rugs and hats. Alpacas are prized tor their fleece and it is considered premium among
fiber enthusiasts. That's because it's as soft and valuable as cashmere, it's lighter and warmer than wool and
comes in 22 natural colors. It is also hypo-allergenic as unlike wool, it contains no lanolin.

Alpacas are gentle, curious creatures. Even breeding males are gentle and easy to handle. They are
 gentle to the pastures as well and can be raised at up to 5 alpacas per acre. They are very easy to
care for. They have an efficient metabolism and require only 1 cup of alpaca feed twice a day, 
hay and/or pasture, plus some free choice minerals
. They have very few parasite problems
 as they choose a spot and "deposit" all their pellet-like dropping in the selected area.  

Many people who raise these unique animals are in their 50's and 60's and looking toward retirement.
 Raising alpacas is easy, fun and just being around them is so peaceful. The fleece is shorn
once a year and can be sold to a coop, to hand-spinners or sent to a mill to make into
 roving or yarn. Many alpaca owners learn to spin, knit, crochet, or felt the fleece.

Each alpaca produces between 3 and 7 pounds of premium fleece per year.
Many alpaca ranchers also sell alpaca products on their ranch

Raising alpacas makes you smile!  










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