Here at Galifrey Alpacas, we have cute crias (new-born alpacas), terrific tuis (weaners), heavenly hembras (females) and marvelous machos (entire males)! Currently, we have a herd of 80 alpacas including stud males, breeding females and wethers.
We are members of the Australian Alpaca Association, in the Southern Highlands region, and most of our alpacas are registered on the Australian Alpaca Register.
Alpacas are members of the South American camelid family, and have been bred for over 6,000 years. Pre- dating even the Inca Empire, alpacas, and their cousin, the llama, were the only domesticated livestock in the New World before the arrival of the Europeans. They were an integral part of the culture and lifestyle of their Andean caretakers, serving as a source of food, fuel, clothing and transportation. With the Spanish Conquest of the Incas came the almost total annihilation of the alpaca and llama, along with much of the human population. But, bred to be survivors in the unforgiving conditions of the Altiplano, these hardy camelids prevailed. Today these animals number in the millions once again, but outside their native South America, their populations are still very small-around 80,000 in Australia in 2007.
Alpacas are intelligent, highly social animals, easy to care for and handle, appealing to look at and fun to have around. They communicate mainly through body posturing and a gentle humming sound. Their fleece is very fine, warm and soft, and was described as 'fleece of the Gods' by the Incas.
Alpacas are browsers and eat a wide range of vegetation. They are soft on the landscape and do not require crutching or mulesing like sheep. We shear them once a year (normally around October or November and undertake any processing of fleece in Australia and using environmentally safe practices and products.
We always have alpacas for sale - Contact us if you are interested in breeding animals, herd guards or pets!
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If you are interested in learning more about alpacas visit the Australian Alpaca Association website