Like all animals, alpacas exhibit individual personalities. They are herd animals, preferring the companionship of their friends and their established community, and will become stressed if separated from their buddies. They do not challenge fences – fences are for the most part designed to keep predators out, not alpacas in – and they can be pastured at 5-10 per acre. Alpaca’s feet are padded and leave even the most delicate grasses and terrain undamaged as it grazes.
Alpaca fleece has 22 natural shades ranging from black to silver and rose gray and white, from mahogany brown to light fawn and champagne. An alpaca produces enough fleece per year for several luxurious, soft, warm sweaters. Alpaca fiber is softer than cashmere or angora, and warmer and lighter weight than wool, without the prickle-factor that some wool has. Since alpaca fleece has no lanolin, it is easier to process and is hypoallergenic.