Chuck and Sandi Baxter own an alpaca range where they breed and raise alpacas for their prized fiber. Alpaca fiber is stronger than wool, fire retardant, and has a 4% chance of causing allergies. Alpacas come in 22 natural colors ranging from white to black and are either suri or huacaya breeds. The Baxters keep their males and females separated due to the females' cycle on demand breeding process and the males' tendency to compete for alpha status. Alpaca females have a gestation period of 11.5 to 12 months and can pause their pregnancy at will. The Baxters' alpaca range includes a solar panel system that provides 100% of their energy needs, reducing their electric bill from over $900 per month to $300 to $400 per month. The Baxters also compost their alpacas' waste for use as fertilizer. The Baxters' alpaca farm includes a store where they sell yarn made from their alpacas' fiber. Alpacas are calm, social creatures with unique personalities, making them fun animals to be around.
Learn more: https://desertmiragealpacaranch.com/