Frequent Alpaca Questions
Alpacas were a cherished treasure of the ancient Incan civilization and played a central role in the Incan culture that was located on the high Andean Plateau and mountains of South America. Alpacas were first imported to the United States in 1984. Alpacas are now being successfully raised and enjoyed throughout North America and abroad. There are two types of alpacas - the Huacaya and the Suri. The lifespan of the alpaca is about 20 years and gestation is 11.5 months. Alpacas eat grasses and chew a cud. Adult alpacas are about 36" tall at the withers and generally weigh between 100 and 200 pounds. They are gentle and easy to handle. Alpacas don't have incisors, horns, hooves or claws. Clean-up is easy since alpacas deposit droppings in only a few places in the paddock. They require minimal fencing and can be pastured at 5 to 10 per acre.
Alpacas produce one of the world's finest and most luxurious natural fibers. It is clipped from the animal without causing it injury. Soft as cashmere and warmer, lighter and stronger than wool, it comes in more colors than any other fiber producing animal (approximately 22 basic colors with many variations and blends).This cashmere-like fleece, once reserved for Incan royalty, is now enjoyed by spinners and weavers around the world.
Absolutely! Our herdsires are top quality & not only boast multiple championships, but champion offspring as well!
We offer our clients a great head start in the industry. Purchase a couple females bred to these gorgeous herdsires and/or a couple show-ready offspring & you're on your way!
Yes, yes, YES!!! We generally offer no interest monthly payments with 25% down. Call us & we'll help you make it happen!
Yes! We are always very happy to mentor new alpaca enthusiasts! Are you interested in alpacas, but don't know anything about raising them?
Come participate in our Alpacas 101 mentorship program. Some topics include: choosing your first alpacas, setting up your ranch, protecting your alpacas, breeding decisions, spit-testing your females, cria care, halter training, etc.
Also, come participate in our shearing day, various open houses & one-on-one, personal attention to help your alpaca dreams become a reality.
Silken Suri Alpaca Ranch, LLC is located in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, just west of Golden, CO. Give us a call at 303-258-7835 to set up a time to come visit the alpacas.
One look at the elegant, graceful suri & I knew they had to be a part of my life. These magical creatures boast long shimmering fleece unparalleled in quality. Intelligent & docile they have an amazing calming presence & bring joy to all who are lucky enough to be around them.
Suri alpaca are extremely rare & in demand. On the brink of extinction in South America, suris currently make up only 17% of the alpaca population in the United States & only 3% of the alpaca population in the world. Low supply & high demand are the right combination to make suri alpacas the perfect investment.
We currently have many suri alpacas (males and females) available in a HUGE variety of colors ranging from pure white, to glistening fawns, to rich browns and glossy true blacks... with more babies on the way!! Come choose your suri alpacas today.