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Alpacas - Friendly to our Environment!

Alpacas are one of Mother Nature's Favorite Farm Animals


  • Alpacas originated in South America and have been domesticated
    for more than 5,000 years.

  • They are members of the Camelid Family, which also includes:
    Camels, Guanacos, Llamas, and Vicunas.

  • Alpacas are VERY Environmentally Friendly animals!

  • Alpaca’s do not have cloven hooves – their feet
    are padded and they leave even the most delicate terrain undamaged.

  • The alpaca is a modified ruminant with a three-compartment stomach. It converts grass and hay to energy very efficiently.

  • They are very “frugal eaters” – eating very little and able to eat many different weeds, trees, grasses. Alpaca do not do well on lush rich pastures – Lanark Highlands fields are perfect!

  • Alpacas cut off grass rather than tearing it out – the grass starts to regrow immediately.

  • Its camelid ancestry allows the alpaca to thrive without consuming very much water, although a fresh water supply is necessary.

  • A herd of alpacas consolidates its poop in one or two spots in the pasture, thereby controlling the spread of parasites.

  • South American Indians use alpaca dung for fuel and gardeners find the alpaca’s rich fertilizer perfect for growing fruits and vegetables – it can be used with or
    without composting.

  • Dried “Alpaca Beans” (Poop!) can be soaked in water to make an excellent fertilizer “tea”!

  • Alpacas do not need elaborate barns – just basic shelter from snow, wind and rain during really bad weather.

  • Alpacas produce very fine fiber than can be spun and woven or knitted into beautifully soft and allergy-free clothing. The coarser fiber can be used to make long-wearing rugs. An alpaca produces enough fleece each year to create several soft, warm sweaters. 

Updated March 15, 2016