Want to learn more about alpacas?

Small Herd

Alpacas resemble small llamas, except they have a higher “cuddle” factor. They’ve been domesticated for thousands of years, originating from the Andes of Peru, Bolivia and Chile, where they are bred primarily for fiber.

Alpaca wool is popular for high fashion and outdoor clothing because it’s lighter, silkier and warmer than sheep’s wool. Sheared once a year, alpacas produce between 3 and 5 pounds of fleece, which sells for $2 to $5 an ounce.

Social animals and easy keepers

Although they can be skittish, alpacas are easy to train, curious and often friendly. Since they are very social, they should always be kept in herds. They are easily kept because they’re clean, share common dung piles (which makes excellent fertilizer) and usually have trouble-free births. Up to 10 can live on one acre of land.

Imports banned to protect value

Imports of new alpacas have been banned by the Alpaca registry, a move expected to keep prices stable. Their worth depends on breeding history, gender and color, but alpacas can sell for anywhere from a couple hundred dollars (for a non-stud male) to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Visit this Wikipedia entry to learn more.

Some resources that we use at Barnstorm Farm

Herd and Barn

John and Kathy Yaeger at Alpaca Adventures are our unofficial partners and official good friends. We share resources, transport, Kathy's gentle training skills and an occasional beer after Alpacapalooza.

The Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association has national information on shows, finances, how to get started, products and visiting alpaca ranches.

The Alpaca Library has information on terms, genetics, marketing and history.

The Puget Sound Veterinary Group takes care of our alpacas. Dr. Jackie Waltner is an alpaca specialist and Dr. Scott Waltner is a large-animal specialist who understands quality feed and pastures. Call 360-416-6944 or email: PSVG@comcast.net.

This site was created by Alex Swanson, and Sherry Stripling and FirstandUnion.com.