Gift vouchers are available and a perfect gift for your animal loving family and friends. Please call or email with your preference and details and we can post your gift voucher the same day.   The alpaca walk can then be booked anytime over the next 12 months, typical cost for 2 people to share walking one alpaca is £42.

Females are induced ovulators;[7] the act of mating and the presence of semen causes them to ovulate. Females usually conceive after just one breeding, but occasionally do have troubles conceiving. Artificial insemination is technically difficult, but it can be accomplished. Alpacas conceived from artificial insemination are not registerable with the Alpaca Registry.[8]

Not all alpacas spit, but all are capable of doing so. "Spit" is somewhat euphemistic; occasionally the projectile contains only air and a little saliva, although alpacas commonly bring up acidic stomach contents (generally a green, grassy mix) and project it onto their chosen targets. Spitting is mostly reserved for other alpacas, but an alpaca will occasionally spit at a human.

Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years. The Moche people of northern Peru often used alpaca images in their art.[2] There are no known wild alpacas, and its closest living relative, the vicuña (also native to South America), are believed to be the wild ancestor of the alpaca.[3] The alpaca is larger than the vicuña, but smaller than the other camelid species.

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To help improve the care of alpacas and to give invaluable advice to new and potential owners, as well as established owners and breeders, the BAS has created a welfare and Husbandry DVD, which is now available to BAS members for a heavily subsidised price of ONLY £9.95. Hurry while stocks last and order your copy today

Because of their preference for using a dung pile, some alpacas have been successfully house-trained.[citation needed]

Purchase our natural British wool yarns, exclusive fashion-led knitting patterns or book on one of our knitting and craft workshops and classes. TOFT is dedicated to getting more people knitting and offers a great range of beginner easy knitting and crochet patterns for total craft newbies.

Alpacas are pseudoruminants and, like other camelids, have a three-chambered stomach; combined with chewing cud, this three-chambered system allows maximum extraction of nutrients from low-quality forages.[13]

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Alpacas make a variety of sounds. When they are in danger, they make a high-pitched, shrieking whine. Some breeds are known to make a "wark" noise when excited. Strange dogs – and even cats – can trigger this reaction. To signal friendly or submissive behavior, alpacas "cluck," or "click" a sound possibly generated by suction on the soft palate, or possibly in the nasal cavity.

An adult alpaca generally is between 81 and 99 cm in height at the withers. They usually weigh between 48 and 84 kg (106 and 185 lbs).

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Here at Inca Alpaca we are committed to the long term success of the British Alpaca Industry. We have been breeding black and grey alpacas for over twenty years and in this time have helped many new owners establish and develop their own enterprise.

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If you are experiencing problems with Bovine TB (bTB), please contact BAS on 01392 437788The Farming Community Network  - 0845 3679990 TB Support and Research Group 01209 822422 / 07949 511316

An alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a domesticated species of South American camelid. It resembles a small llama in appearance.

In the textile industry, "alpaca" primarily refers to the hair of Peruvian alpacas, but more broadly it refers to a style of fabric originally made from alpaca hair, but now often made from similar fibers, such as mohair, Icelandic sheep wool, or even high-quality English wool.[citation needed] In trade, distinctions are made between alpacas and the several styles of mohair and luster.

Alpaca is the only magazine to go to ALL BAS members plus its circulation reaches into Europe and many other parts of the world.

Come and meet the Beacon Alpaca herd to get up close and learn about these fascinating creatures. If you have ever considered keeping alpacas please call us to arrange a visit, find out more and have chance to buy well trained alpacas with show winning genetics at competitive prices.

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Alpacas are typically sheared once per year in the spring. Each shearing produces approximately five to ten pounds (2.2–4.5 kilograms) of fibre per alpaca. An adult alpaca might produce 50 to 90 ounces (1420–2550 grams) of first-quality fibre as well as 50 to 100 ounces (1420–2840 grams) of second- and third-quality fibre.

After long discussions and many hours of hard work from both the Board and the BAS Fibre Committee, the British Alpaca Society is pleased to bring you the BAS Fibre Logo.The logo's are available FREE to BAS members wishing to use it on their products which conform to the terms of use.

Through the careful selection of the best and most productive bloodlines in the world we have been able to offer customers reliable and low risk stock.

The TOFT Studio is home to the TOFT luxury British DIY knitwear and wool company, offering alpaca and wool knitting yarns and exclusive easy-to-make knitting and crochet patterns.

TOFT is for the stylish, ethically-minded crafter looking for a proper Great British story behind their knitting and knitwear.


The BAS are delighted to have the support of six Gold Sponsors for The BAS National Show 2017. Ashwood Alpacas, Beck Brow Alpacas, Fowberry Alpacas, Houghton Hall Alpacas, Inca Alpaca, Suri Stud. Without this sort of sponsorship, it would not be possible to put on a show of such prominence and we are very grateful for their generosity.

For alpacas, spitting results in what is called "sour mouth". Sour mouth is characterized by a loose-hanging lower lip and a gaping mouth. This is caused by the stomach acids and unpleasant taste of the contents as they pass out of the mouth.[citation needed]

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Alpacas are social herd animals that live in family groups consisting of a territorial alpha male, females and their young. Alpacas warn the herd about intruders by making sharp, noisy inhalations that sound like a high-pitched bray. The herd may attack smaller predators with their front feet, and can spit and kick. Their aggression towards members of the canid family (coyotes, foxes, dogs etc.) is exploited when alpacas are used as guard llamas for guarding sheep.[6]

Alpacas require much less food than most animals of their size. They generally eat hay or grasses, but can eat some other plants (e.g. some leaves), and will normally try to chew on almost anything (e.g. empty bottle). Most alpaca ranchers rotate their feeding grounds so the grass can regrow and fecal parasites may die before reusing the area.

We offer daily organised walks at 1.45 pm with friendly halter trained Alpacas. Take one of our super soft and curious alpacas for a stroll in the stunning Hambleton Hills of North Yorkshire, see the walks page for prices and booking

Alpacas and llamas can successfully cross-breed. The resulting offspring are called huarizo, which are valued for their unique fleece and gentle dispositions.

The British Alpaca Society (BAS) is dedicated to the welfare of alpacas and the education of their owners in the UK.

Individuals vary, but most alpacas generally make a humming sound. Hums are often comfort noises, letting the other alpacas know they are present and content. The humming can take on many inflections and meanings.

Many plants are poisonous to the alpaca, including the bracken fern, fireweed, oleander, and some azaleas. In common with similar livestock, others include: acorns, African rue, agave, amaryllis, autumn crocus, bear grass, broom snakeweed, buckwheat, ragweed, buttercups, calla lily, orange tree foliage, carnations, castor beans, and many others.[15]