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What are good reasons to own a couple of Alpaca geldings?

Discussion in 'Feeding Time - Llamas and Alpacas' started by Cornerstoneacres, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. Nov 21, 2012
    Cornerstoneacres

    Cornerstoneacres Exploring the pasture

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    Not to steal my own thread, but since we've taken this turn anyway I have a couple MORE questions.
    1) how much meat do you get off an Alpaca? Goats are about 40% of live weight. Pigs are about 70% of live weight. Just wondering where the alpaca fall.
    2) Is there an "good" way to skin them? Do you butcher after shearing so as to have less hair to deal with?

    If anybody is more comfortable replying to these questions privately, feel free. :)
     
  2. Nov 21, 2012
    ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Alpaca Master

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    It was somewhere in the 50%-60% range. It has been a while since we put it in the freezer. I'm not sure on skinning or anything because we took them to a processor. I would say you probably don't want full fleeced but I bet these alpacas were shorn in spring so you would be ok if you did it in the near future. Both times we took alpacas in, it was not right after shearing and there was no fiber on the meat.
     
  3. Nov 21, 2012
    SheepGirl

    SheepGirl Master of Sheep Golden Herd Member

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    Some sheep are butchered in full wool and then the skins are used to make luxurious long-stapled sheep skins.

    eta: so basically you can butcher your alpaca with any length of fleece and then you have a high dollar alpaca skin you can tan and use as a blanket or throw or whatever.