Raising Alpacas

Some background information for anyone contemplating raising alpacas. 

These animals require limited attention and can thrive on any type of pasture.

  • Average lifespan : 15 - 20 years
  • Origins : South America
  • Breeding life : 12 cria per female
  • Average height : 1 metre at the shoulder
  • Average weight : 60-80 kgs
  • Fibre : softer, lighter and stronger than wool
  • Fibre production : 3 to 4kgs average per animal (one shearing annually)
  • Price per kg : NZ$35 (approx US$15, £10.30, 17 EUR) - price varies depending on quality
  • Colour : 22 basic colours
  • Gestation : 11.5 months
  • Offspring : one cria (baby) every 14-15 months.
  • Diet : grass, hay and occasional supplements
  • Stock rate : 4 to 5 alpacas per acre depending on soil type
  • Communication : alpacas express themselves with a soft "humm"
  • Hembra : female alpaca
  • Machos : male alpaca

Like any business, the more effort that is put in, the better the rewards.


Contact Us

Our Address

Silverstream Alpaca Stud Farm
68 Moodys Road
RD 2
Kaiapoi 7692
North Canterbury
New Zealand
0064 3 327 3020

info@alpaca-stud.co.nz