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About Alpacas

Here are some of the most common facts about the wonderful creatures: the alpacas.


What is the difference between Alpacas and Llamas?

Alpacas, Llamas, guanaco's and Vicuna's are all members of the South American camelid (camel) family. Alpacas are a lot smaller in size compared to the Llamas and have more advanced fleece characteristics. Alpacas have always been bred for their fleece while llamas have been bred for packing and trekking capabilities. Alpacas also typically weigh 100-200 pounds whereas llamas weigh up to 400 pounds.

How much do they cost?

Alpacas come in a huge range of quality and prices. The industry standards for pet & gelding alpacas is around $400-$1000 each animal.

But when it comes to breeding the seed-stock 'type' alpacas, breeders use many different criteria's to value and price females and males for sale. We have always valued our animals based upon fleece stats and characteristics, pedigree, show record, offspring (if they are proven) and how consistent they are in producing good progeny, phenotype, and many other things. The record selling alpaca at auction was $675,000 and was sold by the original owners of Snowmass Alpacas LLC, Don & Julie Skinner. We have purchased alpacas at auction for as high as $150,000 and have sold alpacas for as high as $90,000 at auction. Our auction animals have sold between $90,000 and $15,000, and our private sales have sold between $45,000 and $10,000. Prices are mainly affected by the animals overall quality and genetic desirability and the traits which are maintained in the AOA Registry Database.


Updated January 08, 2022