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​​Physical appearance of alpacas

The Alpaca (two types Suri and Huacaya) is best known for its wool.
- lifespan: 15 to 20 years
- height: 80 to 90 cm at the withers
- weight: 60 to 80 kg
- color: more than twenty natural colors listed
- reproduction: females, 1st calving between 2 and 3 years old (females are receptive throughout year round, ovulation caused by mating); males, 1st fertile mating between 2 and 3 years
- gestation: 350 days approximately
- farrowing: generally during the day
- cria: weight at birth 5 to 9 kg

​​Alpacas description

Like the Lama, the Alpaca tolerates the cold well and is native to the Andes Cordillera. Unlike his cousin Lama, his ears are shorter and pointier. Its fleece is world famous for providing a very fine wool used to make very warm and light clothes. The shearing is carried out every summer, as with sheep, and each animal provides approximately 1.5 to 2 kg of wool. Once spun, it will become coats, sweaters, gloves, throws, socks or hats. It can even stay its natural color, since there are more than twenty different colors of dresses. (For more information on Alpaca wool, shearing and its use, see our wool section.)

The Alpaca is more difficult than the llama in terms of its diet, it will prefer the grass of a meadow over the undergrowth or wasteland.

You can find processed products derived from Alpaca wool, for sale directly on the farm during the visit to the farm as well as in our online store.

As with the Lamas, the Lamas du Tilloux farm sells crias weaned over six months old, as well as breeding males.