Pets and sheep guards
Not everyone keeps alpacas to breed or show.
Alpacas can make wonderful pets – they are inquisitive, gentle and very intelligent, not to mention calming to be around, and many people, including spinners, weavers and knitters, keep them for their fibre. You don't have to buy a registered alpaca to get good quality fleece - there are many unregistered alpacas with excellent quality fibre that is under 20 microns – it's just a question of finding them and we can help you do that.
Alpacas also make excellent sheep guards, especially during the lambing season. In fact, a study in Western Australia found that using alpacas as flock defenders increased lamb survival rates by as much as 35%. The alpacas probably think the sheep and lambs are small alpacas that need protection and so they adopt the flock as their own, just as they would in the wild.
There are alpacas available to suit every budget, but generally males are more affordable than females. As alpacas are herd animals, you'll need to buy a minimum of two to keep each other company otherwise you'll end up with a stressed and lonely alpaca. Garyeannna Alpacas have a number of halter-trained wethered and young unwethered males for sale, all with excellent quality fleeces and easy, laid back temperaments that would suit everyone from a complete beginner to an experienced handler.