Alpacas make wonderful pets as they are gentle animals who are friendly and easy to handle if given plenty of attention, like any pet.
They will happily keep your grass trimmed if you have a spare acre you would rather not mow. However, definitely not for mowing lawns in garden situations as if you have shrubs or flowers around they may well be poisonous. http://www.anbg.gov.au is a useful place to check your plants.
Also there are paddock weeds which can be highly toxic to alpacas and other animals so it is advisable to find out what these look like and get rid of them. These include Lantana, Poison Peach and Noogoora Burr seedlings.
There are other weeds that although not poisonous can cause problems with alpaca fleece such as Double G, Mossman River Burr and Noogoora Burr which will ruin a fleece as they are prickly and get tangled in the coats.
Two alpacas is the minimum to keep, three probably better, as they are herd animals and like to be in a crowd. Although the baby alpacas look cute and cuddly, they cannot be sold as pets unless mother comes too as they normally feed from their mothers for at least six months. They can be almost fully grown by a year old.
Pet wethers (castrated males) are the ideal and ones that are mature are the better option as they are usually tougher and less susceptible to illness than youngsters. Also you know how big they are going to get and what their personality is.
We are situated on 40 acres in the hills behind Narangba, Queensland. We have owned the property for 20 years and bred Alpacas for 6 years.
We have Suri Alpaca (long dreadlocks) and Huacaya Alpaca (soft afro) in black, white, brown and fawns. At the moment we have five stud males, a black Suri, black Huacaya, two fawn Suris and joint ownership of a brown Suri who resides in Queensland for six months of the year and they are all available for outside mating.
Our aim is to improve the fleeces with each generation and so we attend all the local shows in order to get outside opinions on our Alpaca's from both judges and fellow breeders. Each year we have had better results, with 2010 achieving several supreme ribbons and Queensland Suri of the Year and Queensland Huacaya of the Year.
If you are thinking of owning Alpacas or are looking for new lines for your existing flock, we will be happy to show you around our farm.
We will have Alpacas for sale in the coming year. We also have a few pet quality alpacas for lawn mowing.