Countries of Origin -
Peru, Bolivia, and Chile; first imported into Australia in 1858.
Approximately three million worldwide, with over 90 percent still living in South America. Approximately 90 percent of all alpacas are huacaya and ten percent are suri.
A mature alpaca weighs 60 to100 kg and is 85 to 95cm tall at withers (top of the front shoulder). Crias normally weigh 6 to 8kg kg at birth.
15 to 20 years, with some living to 25 years of age.
Reproductive lifespan of female -
from approximately 2 to17 years.
Reproductive lifespan of herdsire -
from approximately 3 to16 years.
Gestation period -
11 to 12 months. (Average on our farm is 11.3months). Healthy females can produce cria approximately once each year. Single births are the norm with twins reported once in 50,000 births.
There are more than 22 natural shades of alpaca fleece ranging from white to black.
Annual Growth rate of fleece -
80 to 150 mm.
Weight of fleece -
A junior (first fleece) is often about 1.5kg. Some mature individuals can yield up to 8kg.