ALPACA CRAPA…it is a good thing

Alpaca Crapa
No chemicals, All natural, the best manure for your gardens.
Alpaca manure is the best fertilizer for vegetable, flower gardens and even house plants. It’s lower in organic matter than manure from other farm animals, but still has enough to improve soil texture and water-holding capacity.
Alpaca manure can be added directly onto plants soil without burning the crop.

Organic Matter 70.8% * Nitrogen 1.49% * Phosphorus 0.23% * Potassium 1.65 * Calcium 0.91% * Magnesium 0.45% * Sodium 0.12%
Total Salts=2.54%

We do sell Alpaca Crap for those avid gardeners. Just give us a call to to arrange for pick up.  Prices vary depending on amount and if I have to handle it!

Using Composted Alpaca Manure In The Garden

Tribute To Hogan

One of the hardest part of pet owning, is knowing when to let go.  Hogan was a Maremma Guardian Livestock Dog. His job was to bond with the livestock and protect them against predators. Hogan and his team allowed me to sleep at night, they allowed me to leave the farm knowing my sheep and then alpacas were in good hands.

As Hogan got older, there was less expectation of his work, and his time to enjoy relaxing and receiving love. Hogan was not just a barn dog, he was a team player, and a family member. He knew all my secrets, as he never wagged his tongue, only his tail.

I love you Hogan, and I know the tears will be less one day! You were one awesome boy!

Difference between alpacas and llamas

What is the difference between Alpacas and Llamas?

Yes, alpacas and llamas come from the same family called the Camelid family.  They are basically cousins, but so different. We get a lot of questions at 1 Stop Alpaca Farm regarding the differences.  The diagram below gives the short version of how they differ from each other.

Some Llama owners will disagree with the “coarse fleece” as they use the llama hair to make wonderful products as well. Alpaca, historically, had their fibre reserved for royalty. Llamas were widely used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures since pre-Hispanic times. Both alpacas and llamas are social animals and need to be apart of a herd. Alpacas especially can get very stressed out if left by themselves. It is best to have 3 alpacas and not just one. 

this is a table that shows the difference between alpacas and llamasBoth alpacas and llamas can spit, they do spit.  Alpacas usually spit at each other in order to display social ranking in the herd. If feeling threatened or cornered, they will protect themselves by spitting. Llamas too spit for social ranking within the herd. They also spit when they are protecting their territory. Most people who get spat at is because they have over stepped their boundaries and came too close to the area where the llama is protecting. They do give fair warning, so if you see ears pinned back and pursed lips, stop or get spat at. Spit happens, we say on the farm.

a chart that explains how the camelid family as decended from their ancestors.This was a chart I found explaining the “family tree”.

a table that shows the family tree of camelids

Now you know the difference between alpacas and llamas. Personally, I enjoy my alpacas and they are nicer and gentler to deal with, but then again, I am biased.  Thanks for reading.

“Once you go alpaca, you don’t go backa”