NZ Grandview Alpacas made the decision to invest in alpacas due to a number of factors. Firstly, we firmly believe that there is a strong, growing market for alpacas and the products they produce. There are many qualities that make alpaca fibre a natural & unique type of fibre.
The quality of alpacas in New Zealand is improving every year on end.
Our focus is breeding Huacaya alpacas to produce quality fleeces. The challenge is to breed animals that not only produce the highest qualities in their fleece as they continue to age, but that they maintain their fibre characteristics on lush New Zealand pastures.
There are two breeds of alpaca: the Suri alpaca and the Huacaya alpaca, NZ Grandview Alpacas Ltd breed the Huacaya variety. NZ Grandview Alpacas Ltd welcomes people wanting to learn and share their knowledge about these incredible and curious animals.
Alpacas are not bred to be working animals but are bred specifically for their fibre, Alpaca fibre is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to sheep’s wool. These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, a wide variety of textiles, sweaters, socks, coats and bedding in other parts of the world. The fibre comes in numerous natural colors. Alpacas are a great lifestyle choice, and are very popular with farm tours as well as family pets.
What impact do Alpacas have on the environment?
Alpacas do minimal damage to the land and therefore have a lower impact on your land and the environment. Alpacas are gentle in their nature and are easy to handle. They are also low maintenance and require a low input compared to other farm animals.
What is required in order to take care of alpacas?
Compared to other farm animals, alpacas are low maintenance. Shearing them annually for their fleece, trimming their toenails around four times annually, vaccination annually, worming and bi-monthly drenching with vitamins A,D and E. They should also have a daily visual check, and need to have supplemental hay to feed them in winter.
- Alpacas are do not suffer from fly-strike or footrot, and do not need crutching or tail docking.
- Alpacas are small and are are very easy to handle compared to other farm species.
If you are new to breeding alpacas it is important to understand how to care for your animals the correct way. NZ Grandview Alpacas can help provide all the information you need, however it’s also important to have a chat to a vet local to your area.
How intelligent are alpacas?
Alpacas are a animal that learn very fast and have long term memories, they seldom forget what they’ve learnt and remember other alpacas they haven’t been close to for several years. They are curious animals and take a lot of interest in the actions of other animals and people.
What sort of land is suitable for Alpacas?
Alpacas can thrive on all types of land in New Zealand and suit our climate very well. They’re great at converting food to energy and do not require lush pastures or fertile soils to excel. They enjoy running on hills & farmland, but can be equally happily at home on flat areas. Alpacas have been successfully farmed in New Zealand for many years due to their versatility.
Do alpacas need to be sheltered during winter / summer in New Zealand?
If you live in New Zealand in an area prone to snow you may need shelter or shed suitable for your alpacas, however alpacas seldom seek this type of protection so they need be closed in. Alpaca’s are used to very harsh, natural environments and can cope with most cold / wet conditions. They’re susceptible to the cold winds in New Zealand and wind-breaks are essential to keep them warm. They do tend to suffer more from heat in summer weather than cold of the winter, so shade from the New Zealand sun is also essential.