Purchasing an alpaca is a significant commitment and requires a real passion for the species and a strong knowledge of what exactly it is you’re looking for. This can be a bit of an intimidating process, but whether you’re a first-time buyer or long-term enthusiast, purchasing a new alpaca is an exciting time, and at GB Alpacas we are here to help you make that step!
Owner Chris started his alpaca journey over a decade ago, with no prior experience in raising, handling, breeding or showing animals, so he has a unique understanding of the challenges new alpaca owners face. Over time, Chris and our team have learned thousands of valuable lessons and today we are proud to be able to sell Huacaya alpacas with strong bloodlines, relaxed temperaments, quality fleece and many positive breed characteristics. Through the carefully chosen genetics of our herd and the exceptional level of care we give all of our animals, we have helped to curate a herd of exceptional quality male and female alpacas for sale.
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Buying an Alpaca
We are truly passionate about breeding British alpacas and improving the quality of our herd, and this shows in everything that we do! The most important things we consider when breeding and selling our alpacas are the conformation and fleece of the animal.
The conformation of the animal refers to the shape of the alpaca and is a great indicator of overall health. An alpaca with good conformation will also be better for showing and breeding in the future, making them an excellent long-term investment. For example, when standing, an alpaca should have:
- A short muzzle
- A symmetrical head and jaw
- Ears that are pointed and erect
- A straight neck and back, meeting at an approximately 45° angle
- Strong, straight legs that don’t bow in at the ankle area and aren’t too close together
Alpaca fleece can be used for so many different purposes and the market for alpaca wool and products is growing every day. Alpaca fleece is much softer and finer than sheep’s wool, and doesn’t contain lanolin, which can prompt allergic reactions in some people. Plus, when looking for alpacas to add to your own herd, the quality of the fleece indicates not just the overall health and quality of the animal, but also represents a really important revenue stream for many owners. Even if you aren’t looking to breed, your alpacas will always need to be sheared, and there will always be buyers out there for high-quality alpaca fleece!
Alpaca fleece should always be soft, smooth and even. The highest quality alpaca fleeces will have a high staple length and low micron count. Staple length refers to how long the individual alpaca hairs are (for reference, a 3-inch staple length is about standard), while the micron count measures the width of the individual hairs (the average is between 24 and 28 microns, and the lower the micron count, the better the fibre). We can provide our potential buyers with a variety of different records and certificates showing the quality of each individual alpaca’s fleece, should you need them.
We also keep records of the ancestry of all of our alpacas including the dam and the sire (mother and father) for at least three generations. We can always provide you with a copy of the family tree of any of our alpacas for sale, as well as any awards within the family tree. Our family records also include the descendants of any adult alpacas for sale for multiple generations. The bloodline of the animal is so important as it gives buyers a really strong indication of the long-term health and breeding potential of each alpaca.