Our Alpaca FAQs

Alpaca questions? See our FAQs section for alpaca facts and information an keeping alpacas.

What do alpacas eat?

Alpacas are ruminants whose principal diet is grass and hay. This is supplemented with additional minerals and nutrients.

How often are alpacas shorn?

Alpacas are shorn once a year, producing between 2 and 4 kilos of fleece.

How many alpacas can you keep per acre of land?

Alpacas can be kept at a stocking density of between 3 and 5 per acre depending on the quality of the grazing.

How long is the gestation period of alpacas?

Alpacas produce one offspring (called a "cria") per annum after approximately eleven and a half months' gestation. They usually give birth during daylight hours.

Do alpacas spit?

Alpacas do spit but it is quite rare for them to spit at people. It is generally a mechanism used to establish the pecking order within a herd.

Can alpacas be kept on their own?

No. Alpacas are herd animals and cannot be kept singly. One must keep a minimum of two males or three females.

Are alpacas related to llamas?

Yes. Alpacas and llamas both belong to the Camelid group of animals. Llamas are taller and are pack animals whereas alpacas are bred for their fine fleeces which come in 22 different natural shades.