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WHAT IS AN ALPACA – AND WHY DO WE BREED THEM?

Everyone would like to buy, breed, and sell perfect alpacas. To do that, we must first have a vivid picture of “perfect” in our mind’s eye. Here at Mourne Alpacas, with over 5 years of experience, and a foundation stage British Alpaca Society judges training certification, we are striving to improve on our genetics and breeding all the time.

We have invested in the best prize-winning bloodlines available currently in Europe, with our source bloodlines all related to the Supreme champions in the British Alpaca Society National Show for 2015, and also the Futurity Show 2015!


First and foremost, an alpaca is a production animal. The product it creates is fleece. An alpaca’s ultimate value flows from its ability to create fine, dense fleece that is coveted by the makers of luxury garments.

It also so happens that the fleece characteristics which make an alpaca valuable are heritable. When mated properly, alpacas pass these fleece traits on to their offspring. At the end of the day, the ideal alpaca produces an elite fleece and quality cria with high breeding value.

Here at Mourne Alpacas, we use genetically sound selection and breeding systems, always use impact herd sires, with outstanding studs here all our own on the farm, and we feed our herd the best feeds available in order to produce healthy, quality alpacas with the finest fleece possible, for the production of beautiful Mourne Alpacas yarns available from our farm shop.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do alpacas eat?
Are alpacas easy to care for?
What do you do with the poo?
What shelters or barns do alpacas require?
How do you transport alpacas?
How much acreage does it take to raise alpacas?
What sort of diseases do alpacas get?

The Ideal Alpaca

An ideal alpaca’s look begins with the head, a dense top knot, and Ceasarwell-covered cheeks converging with the wool cap to form a close V at the eyes, which are brown. The ears are shaped like an arrowhead and erect. The muzzle is soft and wedge shaped. The jaw should fit together correctly, with the lower incisors meeting the upper dental pad. The head and neck make up about one-third of an alpaca’s height, the body makes up one-third, as do the legs. The neck connects to the shoulder at approximately a 45° angle to the back, which is straight, dropping off a bit at the tail.

When the alpaca is alert, the neck and back form almost a 90° angle with the head slightly forward. The perfect alpaca has a squared off appearance, with four strong legs setting squarely under it, giving it a graceful stance which translates into a fluid gait. The ideal alpaca has a soft, dense fleece, which is completed with abundant coverage down the legs.

The alpaca’s head is a window into its quality and type: both huacaya and suri. The head of the ideal suri should exhibit well-covered cheeks and a bearded chin. The suri’s fleece should begin independently locking at the forehead and continue uniformly down the neck, across the body and down the legs, finishing at the toes.

The head of the ideal huacaya should exhibit a dense top knot which is crimpy. The cheeks should be well covered, and the bridge of the nose, clean. The crimp in the top knot should continue down the neck, across the blanket, and into the tail, finishing down the belly and legs.

The stars of any herd will catch your eye with an alert, erect appearance.