Alpaca Frequently Asked Questions
Alpaca are bred mainly to be shorn for the incredibly valuable fleeces. The compact size of alpaca contributes to the easy managing of a herd and the desirability to keep it as pet or companion animal. They are incredibly intelligent and leads well, can sit down, jump in and out of a vehicle as well as obeying simple commands you would teach a dog. They are very popular to have as a show animal and you will notice them as well at fibre tests and fairs as well as events. In ancient times alpaca were an integral part of the Andean herders as they provide meat as well as luxury fibre. There is no other animal on earth that produces such amounts of luxury fibre in such an enormous colour variety.
An alpaca is a modified ruminant and rank high in the digestive efficiency thus do great when fed good quality hays and forage. The occasional supplementing of vitamins, minerals and feed as required and compared to traditional domesticated animals they cost much less to feed.
Through DNA technology can every alpacas’ lineage be verified and around 96% of the North American alpacas have been registered at the Alpaca Registry.
Alpaca prices vary in Canada and the United States and in recent years prices have plummeted, the structured price however range between $12,000 to $30,000 for a female even though in recent years females have been sold for as little as $1000. A pet quality male should be priced at $1, 500, but also theses prices have dropped to a mere $200 recently. While a herd sire male price can reach up to $90, 000. Prices as we see and as it works in all markets are greatly influenced by economy and supply and demand. Local breeders will assist in pricing in your area.