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Estancia Alpacas

South Africa Alpacas Breeding Society

Estancia Alpacas
is a proud member of
The South Africa Alpacas Breeding Society

On 15 February 2001 Estancia Alpaca bought their first 12 Alpacas from the first 50 ever imported into South Africa. Since then we have been going from strength to strength and registered with StudBook in 2006.

Alpacas in South Africa are mainly raised for their fleece and for sale as protection for flocks of sheep.

Alpacas are animals domesticated in the high altitudes of South America thousands of years ago for their luxurious fleece. They are members of the camelid family, which also includes camels, llamas, vicunas and guanacos.

Alpacas are disease resistant easy keepers, are gentle on the land and stocking rates are up to 10/ha.

People who have no former experience with livestock are successfully raising alpacas all over the world.

The life span of an alpaca is 20 to 25 years. Females can be bred when they weigh 43 kilograms, which generally occurs between 14 and 18 months of age. Males usually begin breeding when they are two years old, although a six month variation in age is not uncommon. Females are induced ovulators, which means they can be bred year around. Following an 11 ½ month gestation, they give birth to a single cria that weighs between 7 and 10 kilograms.

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