Welcome to AlaMar Alpaca Farm. We are proud to provide products made of the finest fiber in the world! Alpaca fur is warmer than wool and softer than cashmere. Feel confident that items you purchase will be enjoyed for years to come!
Facts about Alpacas:
Alpacas are members of the camel (camelid) family. Camelids originated on the central plains of North America. 3 million years ago, the ancestral camelids migrated to South America. By the end of the last ice age, camelids became extinct in North America. The ancestral camelid developed into the present day wild vicuna and wild guanaco of the Andean highlands (Peru, Bolivia, and Chile) of South America. About 5,000 to 6,000 years ago the natives began the domestication of the vicuna into the present day alpaca as a fiber producing animal. They developed in the aplaca the following characteristics: Very fine, soft, dense fiber.
Physical Facts: Life span: About 18-20 years; average height: 3 feet at the shoulder and 4.5 feet at the head. Average weight: Adult, 150-185 lbs. Baby, 16-20 lbs at birth. Average gestation: 11 months.
Fiber colors range from a true non fading black to brilliant white with roans, pintos, browns, reds, fawns, rose grays, charcoal grays, and others. Fiber Production: The average production is about 4 lbs. per year per adult alpaca and sells (in a clean state) for about $3 to $6 per ounce. Shearing is recommended every 1-2 years depending on climate.
Health: Alpacas are very hardy, healthy, and easy to care for. In most cases you will only have your Vet out twice a year for shots and other maintenance procedures (depends on your area, ask your Vet).