Greener / Better / Beautiful - -

Posted on April 05 2016

Greener / Better / Beautiful - -

Why do we say ALPACAS are greener animals & better for our environment?


 Here are some facts*

  • You can keep far more alpacas on the same amount of land then sheep because they are more efficient eaters.
  • Because of alpacas’ foot anatomy, they disrupt soil far less than other grazers and thus create less erosion and runoff.
  • Alpacas are healthy grazers and do not decimate natural vegetation like goats.
  • Alpacas can eat native grasses and don’t need you to plant a *monocrop (1) for them - no need to fertilize a special crop! Chemical use is decreased.
  • Alpacas do not pull up plants by the roots as cattle do. This keeps the soil intact and decreases erosion.
  • Alpacas weigh a lot less than other livestock like cows. Alpacas generally weigh only 100-150 pounds. Cattle weigh a thousand and compress soil far more.
  • A cow consumes 10% its body weight in water per day. Alpacas need just one half to three quarters of a gallon per one hundred pounds body weight per day.
  • Alpaca beans make excellent fertilizer and tend to defecate in only a few places in the paddock.

Most of all, Alpacas provide us a beautiful yarn anciently called the fiber of gods, modelled by expert hands with ancient techniques.

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*Courtesy of Alpaca Culture & Wikipedia (1) Monocropping is the agricultural practice of growing a single crop year after year on the same land, in the absence of rotation through other crops or growing multiple crops on the same land (polyculture). Corn, soybeans, and wheat are three common crops often grown using monocropping techniques.

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