July 3, 2010 at 7:48 am #470393
We went to the Alpaca Stud Farm today and picked out and paid for two (soon to be ) wethers. One has been a successful junior at shows and the other one just looked nice. The breeder is hanging on to them and delivering them once we are settled in our new property. Hope to have a good understanding of their needs before they arrive. And as an introduction to Alpacas today i was given a swift kick from one of them 😀 😆 :clap:July 3, 2010 at 11:40 pm #470394
I have dorpers 🙂 They really tested the fences when we first got them home. But after a few zaps on the nose when they tried to scoot under the fences. They soon realised the fences are not to be messed with.
I can not pop them behind x3 hot taps and star droppers and they don’t go near them. I have one of my dorper ewes lambing as I type. Best go and check on her.July 4, 2010 at 8:09 am #470395
Congratulations on your purchases Jilsta. I am sure they will give you a lot of pleasure.July 5, 2010 at 7:55 am #470396
That’s so grouse Jill. How much did they cost in the end?July 7, 2010 at 7:32 am #470397
Kaff wrote: I’ve had alpaca sort of casseroled.
I can eat our chooks, ducks, guineafowl, Damara sheep and cattle, but alpacas? I don’t think I could bring myself to casserole this liitle chap.July 7, 2010 at 7:33 am #470398
Yes, totally see where you are coming from, Wazza. What a little beautyJuly 7, 2010 at 11:20 am #470399
We paid $350 each and I am sure there are many that say you can get them cheaper but got them from a well known and successful breeder who is close by and he has offered to transport them for us and will also arrange to visit on regular basis to shear, give vitamins and check them out. He gave us a lot of time and gave information and advice and a bit of education on Alpacas. Apparently the female are a lot more expensive and another breeder that was there quoted selling one (broken colour)to me for a $1000… phew that is out of my range as I will only be having them as pets. Looking forward to learning about them…July 7, 2010 at 11:39 am #470400
Wazza what a cutie and good to see you have halter trained. I am hoping to do the same as I am told that alpacas don’t naturally bond with humansJuly 7, 2010 at 9:00 pm #470401
Adult alpacas that haven’t had much to do with humans can be aloof, but if they’ve been handled from a young age they’re okay. Young Caleb in the picture enjoys attention and actively seeks it out, although his mother is more standoffish. He loves being brushed and puts up with a lot from young children. When he’s had enough, he just folds up his legs, sits down and refuses to move.July 7, 2010 at 9:56 pm #470402
Oh Wazza he sounds like the perfect pet. Hopefully I can do the same with my alpacas they are about 12 months old maybe a little lessJuly 8, 2010 at 1:08 am #470403
Jilsta as an alpaca breeder I think you paid a very reasonable price and it includes after sales service which we think is very necessary particularly when people are new to the whole alpaca thing. With patience and your presence in their paddock you should be able to have them just as you want them. Have fun with them:tup:July 8, 2010 at 6:45 am #470404
They do look soooo cute don’t they.
Weaver, what do you do with yours besides breed them for sale? Do you use their wool/hair for anything, or is that a dumb question?July 8, 2010 at 7:10 am #470405
Certainly not a dumb question Kerri. I have spent a couple of years working out what on earth to do with the fibre that is cost effective etc etc. We have had some made into doonas which are wonderful but not cheap. I am saving the good stuff to eventually get spun into yarn. I hit upon an idea a month or 2 ago and am now manufacturing alpaca stuffed deck chair pillows to keep butts and backs warm while parents sit and watch their kids at winter sports. They are selling like hot cakes and I think I am going to have to take some time off work and concentrate on making heaps of them ready for sale.July 8, 2010 at 7:26 am #470406
Oh wow, what a great idea. I’m glad that you have come up with something that is easily sold in the winter.
How many pillows can you make from one fleece?July 8, 2010 at 9:57 am #470407
It depends on the amount that each animal cuts. Usually a couple though. I am only using the crap saddles (the best bit of the animals fibre usually) and the necks and legs which are no good for yarn.
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