Willow was our first alpaca. She is a sweet and curious alpaca that loves her treats and visitors.
Maribelle the princess is a beautiful white alpaca. She loves having her picture taken and will giving kisses💋
Here is the herd clown. A friendly fawn colored alpaca. When visitors come to feed the herd, Journey is always front of the line.
Sansa has a beautiful dark brown/reddish color. She is super friendly and delivered our first cria (baby alpaca), Bailey Rose.
Lyra is our sweetheart. She is sixteen years old and loves to be pet on her head. She will even eat carrots from your hand!
Manuka is a beautiful rose grey alpaca. Her fiber shines shades of violet in the sunlight.
Moon is Manuka’s older sister. She is easily identifiable by the brown moon shaped circle on her backend.
Bailey was the first alpaca born on the Farmette. She is a cream color with a heart shaped nose. She’s a spunky knockout.
Crash was born right in the middle of a private birthday party at the Farm. He is a lively and energetic cria.
Oscar is a handsome dude with such a unique look. He is always ready for treats and is never far from his buddy Bambino
He makes up one half of our mullet rocking herd! Him and Bambino could make up an 80’s rock band that all the ladies would love!
He is seen here sporting his fresh mullet just after shearing! Bambino is first in line when it comes time for snacks and treats!
Chiron is striking color of silver, grey, black and white. He is going to create beautiful crias (baby alpacas)
Rocky is hands down one of the most popular alpacas. Rocky is like a little teddy bear that is perfect for the kids to hug and feed.
He has won 3rd in a national show for his color, Bay Black. He has super soft fiber and is definitely one of the bosses here at Farmette!
Alpacas are one of six animals of the camelid family, known as Camelidae. They originated from South America; Andes Mountain range in Chile, Peru and Bolivia. They were domesticated thousands of years ago by the Incas. They believed alpaca fiber was a gift from the gods and only royalty was privileged enough to wear alpaca clothing. Now we're all lucky enough to own these soft and luxurious items.
They came to the United States in the 1980's. We can trace the family lines of all our alpacas back to their native country in South America.
Learn about our Alpacas
Alpacas typically live 15-20 years. The oldest known alpaca is 27 years old.
Llamas are bigger than alpacas in both height and weight. Llamas have longer faces and larger ears. Llamas were bred as pack animals and alpacas were bred for high quality, luxury fiber.
Llamas are protectors and they are very alert animals. They are pack animals and workers. Alpacas, on the other hand, are timid and more relaxed. Although alpacas are also often alert, they are not used as guard animals like the llama.
The answer is very little. An alpaca’s bone structure is not designed for heavy loads. The alpaca’s cousin the llama is a pack animal and used in many countries for transportation of goods.
No, you cannot ride an alpaca. An alpaca’s bone structure is not designed for heavy loads. An alpaca also does not like to have things placed on his back.
Alpacas do spit, but they generally do not spit on humans. An alpaca will send a warning spit or a full-blown spit to another alpaca if it is feeling annoyed, threatened, or fighting for food. This is a sign of aggression or dominance.
Alpacas are docile creatures and do not to bite humans. They only have teeth on the bottom of their mouths. At maturity the males will developing "fighting teeth" as a defensive trait to establish dominance in the herd.
Alpacas are sheared once a year. We shear in the month of May, as this is the optimal time to combat spring’s cold nights and summer’s hot days.
Many alpacas are fond of carrots and weeds. Most of our female alpacas will eat carrots right from your hand. But overall our alpacas prefer their pellet supplements over any human treat.
An alpaca could live in a backyard if it had other alpacas and plenty of space. The backyard would need to have an acre dedicated to the alpacas to live, graze, and roam with an adequate shelter to protect them from the elements. Also alpacas are considered livestock, so you would need to have approval from your township.
Alpacas commonly hum, but they make a number of other noises which include an alarm call, snorting, grunting, screeching, and orgling.