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Wasatch Back Alpacas

How it all Started

It all began with raising Navajo Churro Sheep, we did that for fourteen years and really enjoyed this process. In 2015 we decided to take our love of animals and the animal husbandry experience and expand into raising Alpacas. It has been an adventure we have really enjoyed.

Traditionally, alpaca were bred and raised in herds, grazing on the level meadows and escarpments of the Andes, from Ecuador and Perú to Western Bolivia and Northern Chile, in the high country of the Andes mountains, typically at an altitude of 3,500 to 5,000 metres (11,000 to 16,000 feet) above sea level Today, alpacas may be found on farms and ranches around the world, with thousands of animals born and raised annually, being especially popular animals in North America, Europe, and Australia.

Alpacas are visually and genetically similar-to, and often confused with, the llama; however, alpacas are visibly shorter and are bred predominantly for their fiber, while llamas have long been more highly prized as livestock guardians (in place of dogs), and as a pack animal (beast-of-burden), owing to their nimble mountain-climbing abilities. Nonetheless, all four South American camelids are closely related and can successfully crossbreed. Both the alpaca and the llama are believed to have been domesticated and selectively-bred from their wild counterparts—the diminutive, fine-haired vicuña and the larger, stronger guanaco, respectively—at least 5,000 to 6,000 years ago.

Our Love for Alpacas

We have found Alpacas to be curious, gentle and peaceful animals who are pleasant to be around.

My primary goals are to enjoy the animals, have my sons benefit from growing up on a working farm, and supplement my income through selling their fiber and manure and breeding and selling their offspring. My sons and I have enjoyed the animals, getting to know others involved in the industry, and making new friends.

About Alpacas

Alpacas are generally safe, docile and pleasant animals to be around. Alpacas are also environmentally friendly and require little pasture or food. Their manure makes for very good fertilizer. You can raise 2 to 8 alpacas on an acre of land. Alpacas produce about 5-10 pounds of fleece per animal, per year. Their fleece is often compared to cashmere and is recognized worldwide for its fineness, softness, luster, durability, and excellent thermal qualities.

About Alpacas