20th Annual Alpacas on The Rocks
Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, CO
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 9am - 5pm
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10am - 4pm

Alpacas: A Few Basic Facts

Alpacas are members of the camelid (or camel) family. They are mild-tempered, gregarious animals with an inquisitive nature and a penchant for bring great delight to their owners.

Indigenous to South America, the alpaca is raised for its soft fleece. This fleece is sheared once a year, yielding roughly five to ten pounds. After only minimal preparation, it is ready to be spun into yarn.

They require only modest amounts of food (approximately 1 ½ to 2% of their body weight in hay per day), plus access to fresh water and free-choice minerals. Some owners also supplements their animals' diet with additional grains, particularly pregnant females and lactating moms.

Given their earth-friendly grazing habits, a fair number of alpacas can be raised on a relatively small acreage. With their padded feet, they browse on native grasses which are efficiently digested through their three stomachs. The entire herd will use one or two manure piles thus consolidating the fecal matter for easy collection and composting.

Classification of Camelids and other Artiodactylids:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates)
  Family: Antilocapridae (pronghorn antelope)
Family: Bovidae (antelopes, cattle, gazelles, goats, sheep, and relatives)
Family: Cervidae (deer)
Family: Giraffidae (giraffes and okapis)
Family: Hippopotamidae (hippopotamuses)
Family: Moschidae (musk deer)
Family: Suidae (hogs and pigs)
Family: Tayassuidae (peccaries)
Family: Tragulidae (chevrotains / mouse-deer)
Family: Camelidae (camels, llamas, alpacas and relatives)
    Genus Camelus (camels)
Old World Genus and Species
      Species Camelus bactrianus (Bactrian camel)
Species Camelus dromedarius (Dromedary)
    Species Camelus bactrianus (Bactrian camel)
Species Camelus dromedarius (Dromedary)
      New World Camelids genus and species
Genus Lama (alpacas, guanacos, and llamas)

    Genus Vicugna (vicugna; vicuña)(vi-kun-ya)
      Species Vicugna mensalis (Peruvian)
Species Vicugna vicugna (Argentina)