Alpacas, boer goats, donkey, sheep, cats, …

In addition to sheep, goats and donkeys our farm is also home of alpacas. Alpacas in Slovenia are a true rarity; we are one of the few farms breeding alpacas. Those of you who want to experiment in farm tasks can help with milking goats. Your children, however, can have fun with feeding our animals. Families and large groups (kindergartens, primary schools, retired people, various organized group tours) are kindly invited to visit our animals.

Kmetija Mali raj živali
Kmetija Mali raj živali

They cultivate social contact through body language, and sometimes also through making sounds. Mother and the young alpaca communicate primarily with quiet buzzing. In cases of extreme treats alpacas can also make warning voices, but this happens very rarely. Sometimes they also use an effective method of spitting. They certainly make sounds very discretely and calmly.

They are 100 to 150 cm high and weigh approximately 50-75 kg.

Lifetime of alpacas is about 20 years, it may be longer though. Maintaining and taking care for alpacas is very simple. They love the outdoor life, on the clearing and can spend the whole year there. Their well-being can already be provided with a shelter (trees for the shade) and a sandbox, where they enjoy rolling around, as this is how they nurture groom their hair.

Alpacas are animals existing globally in the most diverse range of colours: 22 true colour shades (from white, beige, brown, and grey and all the way to black). They need to be shaved once a year or at least once every two years. Their wool is one of the most valuable natural fibres (as silk and cashmere), so people make quality and expensive textile products from alpaca wool. Their fibres do not burn, do not contain lanoline and are antiallergic. Alpaca wool retains heat well, has a high degree of elasticity and is very resistant.

Alpacas, like llamas, belong in the family of camels. Direct ancestors of alpacas are most likely wild vicunas and guanacos. They were allegedly bred by the Incas in the high mountains of South America (Peru, Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina) already 6.000 years ago. They are good exploiters of food (grass in the summer, hay in the winter) because of extreme conditions. Nowadays, alpacas are found also in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. First alpacas were settled in Europe in the previous century. At first, they could be seen in zoos, and later also as pet animals.

We distinguish between two types of alpacas: huacaya and suri. Both types differ mainly by structure of fibres and not so much by size and structure of the body, although huacaya alpacas are slightly larger than the suri alpacas.

Huacaya alpaca

This type is widespread in Europe because the European climate suits this type the most. Fibres of this type of alpaca are more downy, soft and warm to touch. The hair is thicker and curly and grows approximately 10-15 cm on an annual basis.

Suri alpaca 

This type is rare (only 5-10% of population) and compared to that also very expensive. Fibres that are silky and shiny on the entire body resemble the tuft of small tassels. Compared with huacaya alpaca the suri alpaca has a crossbar on their back. Fibres are silky soft and cold to touch.
Kmetija Mali raj živali
Kmetija Mali raj živali