Alpaca Facts

                                 

 

  • Alpacas are native to South America, coming from Bolivia, Chile, and Peru

 

  • Members of the camelid family which includes camels, llamas, and vicunas

 

  • There are two types of alpacas; huacaya and suri

 

  • Huacayas have dense, crimpy, “teddy bear” type fleece

 

  • Suris have long, silky, pencil-like dreadlocks

 

  • A baby alpaca is called a “cria”

 

  • A typical cria weights 12-22 pounds at birth

 

  • A typical adult weights 120-200 pounds

 

  • Alpacas live 15-20 years

 

  • Gestation is 11-12 months, with single births the norm

 

  • The United States has been closed to further importation since 1998

 

  • Alpacas produce 5-12 pounds of fleece per year

 

  • Their fiber comes in 22 different shades and colors

 

  • Alpaca fiber is more resilient, breathable, stronger and warmer than merino sheep wool.

 

  • Alpaca fiber is lanolin-free, unlike sheep wool, and is therefore hypoallergenic

                                                 Shadowberry Farm Alpacas

                       Tom & Nancy Imphong~73 Biddle Rd.~Carlisle, PA 17015