Alpacas are quite similar to the llamas seen in North America. However, these creatures are a domesticated species and are not usually used as a beast of burden. The fiber obtained from Alpacas is usually used for knitting and weaving more or less like wool. The natural Alpaca fiber is available in 52 different colors. Alpaca Breeders of Vermont are dedicated to giving these gentle creatures a safe home and a chance for visitors to interact with these interesting animals.
If you are planning on raising Alpacas, a quick visit to the Alpaca Breeders of Vermont will give you a clearer idea of how to get organized and what to expect as well in an alpaca farm. The first step involves ensuring that the infrastructure is in pace, to give these peaceful animals a secure place to roam around and remain healthy and happy. Since alpacas are comparatively smaller in size, you can forego installing an electrical fence or even a reinforced defense like those used for horses. A fencing that is about five feet tall made with a simple small weave woven mesh will do the job. They will help keep predators outside and protect the alpacas from getting caught in the fence also.
Alpaca Breeders of Vermont are very careful in making sure that all kinds of poisonous plants are eliminated from the area. Alpacas are interestingly sensitive to a huge number of plants, making it very important to be diligent about this issue.
The best thing about breeding alpacas is the fact that these animals are relatively clean and are much easier to care for compared to other domesticated animals. Since these are technically herd animals, expert breeders recommend keeping at least two or more of both male and females together. Interestingly, the alpacas create a communal manure pile, making it much easier to clean up. These dung piles are usually an attraction for flies and parasites and need to be cleaned as often as possible.
The feet of these interesting animals are soft-padded reducing the chance of them destroying the pastures like other hoofed animals. Similarly, the alpacas nibble only the top part of grasses and plants in the field. So if they are properly rotated through different pastures, you can preserve your fields without much damage, making maintenance much easier. The Alpaca Breeders of Vermont are very careful in ensuring that the entire herd is BVD free. All the newborn crias are tested as soon as they are born to prevent any outbreak of diseases. We have also taken care to register all the members of our herd with the Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI).
The goal of the staff at Alpaca Breeders of Vermont is to produce the alpaca with high quality fleece and give an option to future breeders to come and see for themselves the benefits of running an alpaca farm. These gentle animals are safe to have around kids and offer plenty of fun. So if you are considering starting a farm on your land with these gentle creatures, visit us to find out more.