Highfields
Alpacas

Frequently
Asked
Questions







FAQs

 

  • What are Alpacas?
    • They are a member of the South American camelid family together with
      • Llamas
      • Guanacos
      • Vicuna

  • Are there different types?
    • Huacaya: ††††† Wool-like fleece
      Huacaya
    • Suri:†††††††††††† Fleece hangs down from the body in locks
      Suri
  • What are they called?
    • Male: †††††††††† Macho
    • Female:††††††† Hembre
    • Juvenile:††††††† Tui
    • Baby:†††††††††† Cria

  • Are they easy to keep?
    • They donít need any specialised fencing
    • Need nail trimming
    • Injections
    • Monitoring for worms and drenching if required
    • Teeth may need trimming
    • A short summary sheet on Alpaca care may be downloaded by clicking here

  • How long does their pregnancy last?
    • Approx. 340 days

  • How big are the cria at birth?
    • 6-8 kgs

  • How old do they get?
    • 15-25 years

  • How much does an adult weight?
    • 50-80kgs

  • How tall do they grow?
    • 80-100cms at the wither

  • What are they mainly used for?
    • Fleece production
    • Herd guards
    • Pets

  • What do they eat?
    • Pasture
    • Hay and grain
    • They like to browse

    Cria
  • How often and when are they shorn?
    • Annually
    • Usually Oct Ė Dec

 

How to contact us:  
By phone (call Alfons) on 0417 539 725
By e-mail: HIGHFIELDS ALPACAS
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