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Interesting facts about Alpacas

Written by Outpost Buildings on July 11th, 2017.      0 comments

Alpacas don’t bite or butt and are free of sharp teeth, horns, hooves and claws.

 
They make great lawnmowers because instead of pulling grass out by the root, they nibble off the top of the plant.
  • Their feet have soft pads which won’t churn up the earth.
  • Baby Alpacas are called Crias (pronounced "Cree-uhz")
  • The gestation period for alpacas is 11 1/2 months - almost a whole year!
  • Alpaca fibre comes in 22 natural colours
  • There are 2 types of alpacas; Suri and Huacaya
  • Suri alpacas have long fibre that looks a bit like dreadlocks - pictured to the right
  • Huacaya alpacas have shorter fibre that looks fuzzy like a teddy bear with tightly bunched curls
  • Alpacas love to have dust baths
  • Alpaca fibre is flame resistant

More information at: http://www.alpaca.org.nz/ 

Pictured below is some alpacas in their Outpost Paddock Shelter with a shed on one end for storing feed. This design is relocatable click here for more information on Livestock Shelter
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A testimonial from Susan who has 5 Outpost buildings!

Written by Outpost Buildings on October 4th, 2016.      0 comments

"Outpost Sheds make a real statement on our property. Over the years we have purchased 5 buildings, one being for calves and the other 4 for alpacas.

We always use the permanent green roofing as it blends in with the surroundings and I think it has a calming effect on stock  (and also us humans). The latest shed has a tack room which is ideal for holding hay as it is at the back of the property and I don't have to carry feed across the paddocks. Delivery from Timaru is always prompt and without hassles and the assembly instructions are so precise that even a child ( or maybe a teenager ) could follow them for construction.

Visitors to the farm always comment on the sheds and I must say they look very appealing to the eye and make the place look tidy.
Click here to see more information on this building

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The alpacas go in for shelter and I can feed them in there out of the rain saving on feed which they won't eat if it gets wet.

On my other sheds  I can shut the gate on one side of shed to keep mum and cria dry and warm during inclement weather and at birthing time.

The fact they can be moved if you don't get it right first time is a bonus.

The staff at Outpost are very cooperative and helpful and always available if you have any questions re delivery or assembly.

If we ever need a shed or shelter for chooks, calves, alpacas or in fact any stock  Outpost would be my first option their sheds are built to last and last.

Susan 

Waikato

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Click here to see more information on the Upland Shelters pictured here
 
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