Alpacas have been domesticated for more than 5,000 years. They are one of Mother Nature's favorite farm
animals. They are sensitive to their environment in every respect. The following physical attributes allow alpacas to maintain
their harmony with our Mother Earth.
*The alpaca's feet are padded and they leave even the most
delicate terrain undamaged as it browses on native grasses.
*The alpaca is a modified ruminant with a three-compartment
stomach. It converts grass and hay to energy very efficiently, eating less than other farm animals.
*Its camelid ancestry allows the alpaca to thrive without
consuming very much water, although an abundant, fresh water supply is necessary.
*The alpaca does not usually eat or destroy trees, preferring
tender grasses, which it does not pull up by the roots.
*South American Indians use alpaca dung for fuel and gardeners
find the alpaca's rich fertilizer perfect for growing fruits and vegetables.
*A herd of alpacas consolidates its feces in one or two
spots in the pasture, thereby controlling the spread of parasites, and making it easy to collect and compost for fertilizer.
*An alpaca produces enough fleece each year to create several soft, warm sweaters for its owners comfort. This is the
alpaca's way of contributing to community energy conservation efforts.