Alpacas as Pets
Though they are not the typical farm pet, we believe that alpacas make great companions for people on smaller acreage. They are curious, quiet, and once they are comfortable, they are quite interactive. Unlike goats and horses, they are generally not too in-your-face, and their size makes them easier to handle than many kinds of livestock. They conveniently poo in piles, and they are gentle on paddocks with their soft feet and leave-the-root-in-the-ground eating style. We have found that most young, wethered males settle in to the pet life very easily and smoothly. Most of our younger animals will come to you halter-trained, and we try to choose boys with the correct temperament for the lifestyle. Normally, we have boys in stock that are perfect for this purpose. Ask us today about what we have in stock.
Alpacas as Guards
The effectiveness of alpacas as herd guards, be it for sheep and lambs or for chickens, is well documented by now. Lambing rates are starkly higher with alpacas in the paddock, and wethered males at the correct age are quite good at deterring foxes and smaller predators from entering paddocks to prey on smaller, more vulnerable creatures. As with pets, we sell guards in pairs, and we sell them when they are a bit older - at least two years of age if not older - and again of the correct temperament. Contact us to discuss what we may have to suit your needs.