Where are they from?
Alpacas are native to the Andes Mountains of Peru, Chile and Bolivia. The first major imports to the United States began in 1984, but alpacas are no longer imported due to a variety of restrictions in both the U.S. and South America.
Are they small llamas?
No, alpacas belong to the Camelid family, as do llamas, camels, vicuna and guanacos. Just as horses and zebras both belong to the Equine family but are very different animals. Llamas are raised as beast of burden & meat animals, while alpacas are raised for their lustrous fiber & meat. The alpaca was domesticated from the vicuna; the llama from the guanaco.
Do they spit?
Spitting is a defense mechanism for them that is primarily used to protect their food or their babies. It is rarely used on people, not to say we don’t end up with the occasional green splat when we are doing something they object to - trimming toenails, for example!
When we looked into these exquisite, exotic animals, they captivated us and we knew there was no turning back!
Our goal at KelMik Farm is to breed and produce the best animals possible, both from a conformation and a fleece perspective.
Regardless, their funny faces, daily antics, and their elegant existence have enchanted us and in today’s world, remind us to take a moment and smile at the simple things in life!
WAITING FOR THE LEAVES TO TURN....
Fall is here!!
Please visit our alpaca at several events this fall:
Sept. 22 Tonawanda's fall fest
Sept. 29 Glory B to Kids fundrasier.... Chowder challange & 5K race
Check our photos in our photo gallery!