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Health Care - alpaca
"Until we have loved an animal, a part of our soul remains un-awakened."
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Alpacas come in variety of colors, including white, black, brown, grey, fawn and any combination of these colors, the widest assortment of colors of any fibre bearing animal
Alpacas are indigenous to the High Andes of the South American countries of Peru, Bolivia and Chile.
Qualify as Livestock and as such may offer tax advantages and incentives.
Are ideal for Hobby Farms and small acreages since 1 acre of productive pasture can sustain 5-8 animals.
Alpacas are quiet, peaceful animals and make soft humming sounds to communicate.
Alpacas are easy to raise, can be handled by anyone and are safe around children.
Alpacas are extremely hardy and adaptable to most climates, elevations and conditions.
Alpacas get along with goats, sheep, donkeys, horses, cats and family dogs.
Alpaca adults weigh an average of 125 to 175 pounds. They live 20 - 25 years.
Alpacas require little space. 1/8 of an acre is fine for one alpaca, if rotational grazing is practiced. A 4-foot field fence makes a sufficient enclosure.
Are suited to pasture on marginal land.
Alpacas eat 2 pounds of hay per day and 0.75 of a pound (around a cup) of a supplement per day.
Female alpacas are usually first bred at 18 months of age. Their gestation period averages 11½ months. Males are usually ready to breed between 2 and four years of age.
As a rule, give birth during the day, usually between 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
Alpacas make cleaning the corral an easy task, as they "go" in only a few spots.
Alpaca droppings are practically odorless and are excellent for enriching soil.
Alpacas are easily transported in a pick-up, van or trailer. They usually lie down in transit.
Alpaca shows and competitions can promote a single alpaca or an entire herd.
Alpacas have a high aesthetic appeal.
Alpacas very rarely spit at people - usually only when nervous or overexcited.
They produce fibre that is as fine as cashmere, soft, silky and much warmer and stronger than sheep's wool.
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