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Alpaca Info

The AAA Ltd corporate structure reflects local and national challenges and the importance placed on engaging members. The Board governs the AAA National Office which has responsibility for the implementation of Board determined policies, budgets and plans. The National Office manages the day to day affairs of the AAA Ltd handling memberships, registration, administration, finance, marketing and more, and supporting Reference Groups.

Introduction to Alpacas

Alpacas:

  • live 15 to 20 years
  • grow to about 1 metre (at the shoulder)
  • weigh up to 70 kg
  • gestate for approximately 335 days (imagine being pregnant for 11 months!)
  • give birth to young weighing usually 6 – 8 kg (compared to 2.7kg – 4kg average human baby).

These unique animals begin life as crias. As they hit the adolescent years, they’re called tuis, then grow into hembras (adult females) and machos (adult males). You may wonder, why so Spanish?

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Buying your first Alpaca

When you’re thinking about joining the alpaca owner’s community, there are lots of questions to consider. As it’s a long-term commitment, it’s important to be prepared and informed. If you are intending to start an alpaca based business, the information below will assist you in building your business plan.

To streamline this process, we’ve compiled a Buyer’s Checklist covering all the most important questions.

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Alpaca Farming Choices & Agistment

If you’ve seen alpacas at shows or open farms and are thinking of becoming part of a fast developing industry with great potential, then you’re thinking of starting out with alpacas.

At this early stage, it’s important to consider what your goals might be, so you can work towards them from the outset. This way, you’ll be best established to achieve those goals and get the most out of your alpacas.

Do you want to build a successful business on a larger scale? Or do you want to keep it small and simple? Even if you’re not sure what scale you may develop to, it’s important to start out by giving yourself the greatest range of options. For example, if you’re interested in the fleece industry, you may want to breed for low-micron fleece that’s best for soft garments, and so starting out with an older alpaca with high-micron fleece isn’t the best option.

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Suri Fleece

The fleece is the primary distinguishing feature of the suri alpaca. The animal is covered with lustrous, silky, locking fibre, prized both in the show ring and by processors. The fleece hangs from a centre part – neck through to tail – with the locks lying close to the skin in a draped, free-swinging curtain.

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Huacaya Fleece

The fleece is the primary distinguishing feature of the suri alpaca. The animal is covered with lustrous, silky, locking fibre, prized both in the show ring and by processors. The fleece hangs from a centre part – neck through to tail – with the locks lying close to the skin in a draped, free-swinging curtain.

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Fleece & Fashion

The fleece is the primary distinguishing feature of the suri alpaca. The animal is covered with lustrous, silky, locking fibre, prized both in the show ring and by processors. The fleece hangs from a centre part – neck through to tail – with the locks lying close to the skin in a draped, free-swinging curtain.

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Alpaca Meat

The fleece is the primary distinguishing feature of the suri alpaca. The animal is covered with lustrous, silky, locking fibre, prized both in the show ring and by processors. The fleece hangs from a centre part – neck through to tail – with the locks lying close to the skin in a draped, free-swinging curtain.

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Property Identification Code (PIC) Numbers

The fleece is the primary distinguishing feature of the suri alpaca. The animal is covered with lustrous, silky, locking fibre, prized both in the show ring and by processors. The fleece hangs from a centre part – neck through to tail – with the locks lying close to the skin in a draped, free-swinging curtain.

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Become a Member

You’ll have access to the best information, support and services for managing and breeding alpacas in Australia.