Alpacas are wonderful animals. They’re generally shy, but each one has a different personality. Alpacas are also great therapy: they greet us when we come into the barn early in the morning and they’re always happy to see us. We always have a phone handy so we can take pictures and videos. They’re just so quirky and adorable!
These ruminants are also very environmentally friendly. Their feet are padded, so they don’t trample and pock the ground the way cows, sheep, and goats do. In the long run, this trampling can cause problems with soil fertility and erosion. Another interesting point: alpacas eat a greater variety of plants than other grazers do, so they leave nothing to waste. Cows uproot plants as they graze, whereas alpacas only tear them; this allows the plants to grow again. Alpacas are also thrifty consumers: they require less vegetation and less water than other ruminants.