Earth-friendly Reasons to Consider Alpacas & Alpaca Products
- Our hay pastures and gardens are fertilized with alpaca manure only, absolutely no chemicals!
- The Alpaca's 3-chambered stomachs allow for extremely efficient digestion. There is no organic matter (seeds) in the manure; therefore alpaca manure doesn't need to be composted to enrich pastures or ornamental landscaping. It's always a good idea to compost any manure used to enrich vegetable gardens.
- Alpacas eat very little, only 1 1/2 - 2% of their body weight per day, so about 2 bales of hay per animal per month. This reduces the amount of emissions created, and fuel used to plant, harvest & transport their feed.
- Our weed control program utilizes only 2 things, burning and alpacas. We have lightweight pens that we move around the property to allow the alpacas to graze down the weeds. Any other weeds are killed with a torch, never chemicles that seep down into the ground water.
- Alpacas are very hearty, only minimal housing and fencing are needed, with very little vet care. Only regular de-worming medicine is given, never any hormones and rarely antibiotics.
- Only minimal husbandry is needed, nail and teeth trimming every 6-12 months, and annual shearing.
- By nature, alpacas are very gentle, so children can be around them without worry for animal or child safety. Our daughter Avery has known alpacas since birth; she loves being outdoors helping with the feeding & chores, instead of staring at the TV or computer.
- Alpacas have only lower teeth at the front of their mouths, so they can't pull grass up by the roots like cows do, therefore alpaca pastures are sustainable year after year.
- Alpacas do not have hooves, their padded feet are also very easy on the pastures.
- Alpacas are fiber animals, they do not need to be killed them to get a product.
- Alpaca fleece is a renewable product that grows every year.
- Alpacas live for around 20 years, twice as long as sheep.
- As sheep's wool contains lanolin, very harsh detergents are required during processing. Alpacas do not have lanolin, therefore only mild, earth-friendly detergent is required when processing alpaca fiber.
- Alpaca fiber is warmer than synthetics like nylon or polyester, naturally fire resistant, and hypo-allergenic.
- Alpaca fiber comes in 22 natural colors, reducing the need for toxic dyes that harm the enviroment.
"Alpaca livestock is an excellent addition for anyone in search of sustainable farming solutions!"