Stephen & Linda Nessworthy are passionate about alpacas and always ready to share their hard-earned knowledge of these incredible animals and their fibre.
Find some of the Frequently Asked Questions below:
Humming is the most common sound an alpaca makes, a sort of musical purring. The mom calls to her cria by humming, or they hum to communicate with each other within the herd.
When alarmed, a staccato tooting is made by one animal, then joined in by the rest of the herd as they focus attention in the direction of potential danger.
During breeding, which lasts from 20 to 30 minutes, the males trumpets or ‘orgles’ a love song to his mate.
The alpaca is prey to mountain lions, coyotes, bears, and other carnivores. In its native Andes, the alpaca’s long neck helps spot predators among the rocks of the mountain slopes. Alpacas, donkeys, and guard dogs such as Anatolian shepherd dogs are often used as herd guardians.
The alpaca is a herbivore, grazing on grass and munching weeds, shrubs and trees. They process their food through 3 stomachs where special secretions enable the animal to absorb 50% more nutrients than sheep. A low-protein feed is recommended, with additional mineral supplements for females since they are generally pregnant and/or nursing.