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What's the difference between alpacas and llamas?

 Hummer & Diesel

The main differences are size and fiber (fur) quality. Both llamas and alpacas belong to the family Camelidae. Llamas were primarily bred to be pack animals, (conditioned males can carry about 1/4–1/3 of their body weight) and alpacas were bred primarily as fiber producers. An average alpaca stands 34"–36" at the withers (shoulders), whereas a llama stands 42"–48" at the withers. Alpacas weigh 125–175 pounds on average. An adult male llama will reach a weight of between 300–450 lbs. A full size alpaca can produce 5–8 pounds of high-quality fiber each year.

You can meet our two alpacas, Hummer and Diesel, in person when you visit us here at the Homestead Animal Farm.


Welcome to our new website!

We are starting to get ready for our 2010 season. The seed is being ordered and the animals are anxiously awaiting green grass in their pasture. The ducks, geese, and turkeys are starting to prepare for spring egg laying. A few of our ducks have already laid eggs. The donkeys and goats are starting to shed and will look forward to being brushed soon. Within the next couple of months Abe, our sheep, and Diesel and Hummer, our alpacas will be sheared. Our 9th corn maze is being designed and will be a fun adventure once again this year. Please come back and visit us soon for another Back 40 update!