Before buying alpacas, you are advised to join the British Alpaca Society and become part of the national network for all things alpaca. The Society strongly recommends that prospective and established breeders buy only BAS registered alpacas from BAS members.
All BAS members offering alpacas for sale should adhere to the British Alpaca Society’s Code of Conduct for Sale.
Buying alpacas is a matter of trust. If you are a prospective new owner, you will need support in your first few years as you gather experience.
We would advise that you do your research by visiting as many farms as possible and asking the relevant questions. If you are not satisfied with the answers you receive, or the service offered, then move on – there are hundreds of breeders throughout the UK willing to offer support and advice.
Alpaca faults in general can be categorised as being caused by:
In relation to breeding stock, those faults thought to be hereditary (genetic) are the least desirable. For those falling under clauses 2 and 3 there should be no repercussions in further generations.
Also look out for:
– Tall animals – may have llama genes, tall females may have reproduction problems (check breeding records).
– Short animals – may just be stunted because of poor nutrition or a dwarf.
– Base wide and base narrow – wide or narrow depth of chest affecting placement of feet on ground and size of chest cavity.
Make sure you get your hands on the animal:
The ‘perfect’ alpaca would have the following positive traits: