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Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
For further information contact:
Circle R Ranch (616) 891-5701


Are Alpacas clean animals?

Alpacas make cleaning the corral an easy task, as they “go” in only a few spots.

Alpaca droppings are practically odorless, are low in nitrogen and make an excellent soil amendment.



Where do Alpacas originate from?

Alpacas are indigenous to the High Andes of the South American countries of Peru, Bolivia and Chile. There are fewer than 80,000 in North America.



Are Alpacas loud?

Alpacas are quiet, peaceful animals and make soft humming sounds to communicate.



What types of colors do Alpacas come in?

Alpacas come in 16 natural colors, including: White, fawn, black, brown, silver grey, rose grey and any combination of these colors.



Are Alpacas easy to care for?

Alpacas are easy to raise, can be handled by anyone and are safe around children.



How hardy are Alpacas?

Alpacas are extremely hardy and adaptable to most climates, altitudes and conditions.



Do Alpacas get along with other animals?

Alpacas get along with goats, sheep, donkeys, horses, cats and family dogs.



How big are Alpacas?

Alpaca adults weigh an average of 125 to 175 pounds. They live 20-25 years.



How much room do Alpacas need?

Alpacas require little space. 1/8 of an acre is fine for an alpaca and 4 foot field fence makes sufficient enclosure.



How much do Alpacas eat?

Alpacas eat less than 2 pounds of hay per day and require no special diets.



How old do Alpacas need to be breed?

Alpacas are usually first bred at 18 to 24 months of age. Their gestation period averages 11 1/2 months.



Are Alpacas easy to transport?

Alpacas are easily transported in a pick-up, van or trailer. They usually lie down in transit.



Can you use Alpaca wool for anything?

Alpacas produce fine fiber for spinning into yarn. Alpaca garments are very warm and lightweight. They do not easily tear, pill, stain or create static. Alpaca fiber keeps moisture away from skin and has an amazing ability to resist soil and grime.



Are there shows for Alpacas?

Alpaca shows and competitions can promote a single alpaca or an entire herd, besides being fun.



Do Alpacas spit?

Alpacas very rarely spit at people, unless you are a web designer.



What are the tax implications of owning Alpacas?

Alpacas qualify for certain tax advantages and are excellent for an income producing retirement program.



How much do Alpacas cost?

Alpaca prices start at approximately $400 for pet males and up to $10,000 for bred females.


For further information contact: Circle R Ranch (616) 891-5701

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