Alpacas are members of the camelid family. They are closely related to vicunas, llamas and camels. Alpacas originate from the mountains of Peru, Bolivia and Chile. While alpacas have adapted very well to the United States, these animals are rare enough to be considered exotic livestock.
Below is a list of farms where you can visit these endearing creatures and information from the breeders who manage the herds.
Ameripaca Alpaca Breeding Co. Inc.
Galesville, MD (Anne Arundel County)
Ameripaca is a large farm that maintains a small breeder attitude. Here the alpacas are treated as individuals and are called by name, rather than by number. Although many hundreds of crias have been born at Ameripaca, employees say that each new birth brings excitement and work momentarily stops for everyone to take a peek at the new arrival.
Monkton, MD (Baltimore County)
Hayvenly Alpacas' breeding strategy seeks to bring out the best fiber characteristics in its animals, but it also recognizes the importance of selecting for non-fiber characteristics, such as intelligence, gentleness and friendliness.
Flame Pool Alpacas
Columbia, MD (Howard County)
Flame Pool Alpacas is a small farm with big goals. One continuing goal is to breed alpacas with correct conformation and excellent Suri fiber. The herd includes some of the best genetics in the country: MacGyver, Accoyo Crown Royale, Pucara Kahuna, Uribe, and Cantano of Peru, to name a few.
Deale, MD (Anne Arundel County)
Alpacaville is home to a small but fabulous herd of both Suri and Huacaya alpacas. Its goal is to twofold: first, to breed both for beauty, confirmation and fleece; and second, to establish a reputation for having the most endearing, kind and nurturing alpacas you will every see.
Upperco, MD (Carroll County)
DAFI Alpacas, which began in 1993 as the first alpaca breeder in Maryland, is located just 35 minutes from downtown Baltimore. It boasts a herd of about thirty-five, with equal numbers of Huacayas and Suris.
Bell House Alpacas, LLC
Parkton, MD (Baltimore County)
The owners of Bell House Alpacas purchased their farm in 2002 for growing organic vegetables, using composted horse manure to fertilize and promote healthy soil before discovering the alpacas are easy to care for, wonderful to be around, and provide even better manure for their vegetables. Although they still maintain the garden, their focus has since shifted toward caring for the alpacas.
AlpacaJoy of Maryland
Highland, MD (Howard County)
According to the owners of AlpacaJoy of Maryland, they fell in love with alpacas after seeing a picture in a magazine, and ultimately decided to take them in on an emergency basis for home nursing care. Now, the farm's attention lies in providing the animals with a peaceful place to live.
Wild Rose Suri Ranch
Havre de Grace, MD (Harford County)
The Wild Rose Suri Ranch, established in 1995, is a mid-size operation that specializes in the breeding of multi-Champion Peruvian Suri for lustrous and uniform fiber, production traits, easy-going dispositions, and conformation.
Pearl Moon Alpacas
New Windsor, MD (Carroll County)
Pearl Moon Alpacas encourages you to stop by for a visit, regardless of whether you are new to alpacas and want to see them up close or you are an experienced breeder thinking about expanding or improving your gene pool. While you're here, you may also want to browse the fiber studio and see the wonderful products made from the alpacas' exquisite fiber.
Suri Sunset Alpaca Farm
Sparks, MD (Baltimore County)
Suri Sunset Alpaca Farm was founded in January 2006 with just four Suri alpacas, and as of Fall 2013, this number has grown to twenty. For more information or to inquire about alpacas for sale, contact Lisa Land at 410-329-3773, or visit the farm's Facebook page.
Leonardtown, MD (St. Mary's County)
Situated about forty-five miles south of Washington, D.C., Nobella Alpacas is a family farm that provides a warm, caring climate for its alpacas, which have been specially chosen and bred for fine fiber, correct conformation, and pleasing dispositions.
Moore Or Less Farm
Bushwood, MD (St. Mary's County)
Moore or Less Farm dates back three generations, to the late 1800s and prides itself on providing a true family farm experience. It has a reputation in the community as a reliable source for local products and produce and high-quality Suri alpacas.
New Market, MD (Frederick County)
The owners of Sandhill Alpacas began raising alpacas in 1998, after searching for a grazing animal that would not later appear on the dinner table. In the alpaca, they found not only a peaceful and rewarding lifestyle, but also an excellent investment opportunity.
Sugerloaf Alpaca Farm
Adamstown, MD (Frederick County)
Sugarloaf Alpaca Company lays nestled amidst lush rolling pastures beneath Maryland’s Sugarloaf Mountain. It is committed to the health and welfare of its show-quality Huacaya and Suri alpacas, as well as the success of its clients, which manifests in its personalized customer service.
Villa de Alpacas Farm at Historic Villa de Sales
Aquasco, MD (Prince George's County)
A 200+ year old family farm, Villa de Alpacas Farm operates three commercial textile looms specifically set up to make blankets and textiles from its "Victorian Bouclé Yarn." This yarn is one of its specialty products strongly inspired by the robust and plentiful philosophies and zeitgeist of the Victorian time period - a spirit found in every aspect of our farm operations.
A Paca Fun Farm
Dickerson, MD (Montgomery County)
Residing on 25 acres in central Maryland at the base of picturesque Sugarloaf Mountain, A Paca Fun Farm is the home of Jo, Neil and Bari Padgett. Established in 1999, they started with five alpacas and plenty of "can do" spirit. Now nationally known, they host a herd of about 150 show quality huacayas of all colors.
Alpacas of Pinney Valley
Denton, MD (Caroline County)
If you are interested in purchasing alpacas on Maryland’s Eastern for your business or as a pet – Alpacas of Pinney Valley invites you to stop in and visit a spell so they can point you in the right direction after hearing your specific needs.
Alpaca Road LLC
Denton, MD (Caroline County)
Alpaca Road is a small farm on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland that focuses on raising alpacas with a gentle hand and an eye on continuous improvement. Its breeding program focuses on distinctive fiber and excellent conformation, and it offers a full spectrum of services including consulting, boarding, breeding, and sales – all designed to help you on your road to alpaca ownership.
Painted Sky Alpaca Farm
Earleville, MD (Cecil County)
Discover the wonderful, magical world of alpacas at Painted Sky Alpaca Farm, a family run business where quality Huacaya Alpacas are bred and raised. Whether you are interested in starting your own alpaca farm, purchasing an alpaca, want to buy products made from alpaca fiber, or just want to take a fun trip to visit the alpaca farm to meet and learn all about alpacas, Painted Sky welcomes you.
Outstanding Dreams Farm
Preston, MD (Caroline County)
According to the owners, their “Outstanding Dream” was to find an enterprise they enjoyed (and could enjoy together) that was both profitable and low risk. Phil’s an avid animal lover with a long history of unusual pets - including goats, snakes and skunks - and Vicki enjoys a variety of crafts and sharing her skills with others.
Secret World Alpaca
Preston, MD (Caroline County)
Secret World Alpaca, which celebrates the lovely, soft fleece and inquisitive personalities of its Huacaya alpacas, has found that they tend to better tolerate Maryland's cold and wet climate on the Eastern Shore.
Gray Alpaca Company
Hagerstown, MD (Washington County)
Alpine Alpacas and Cherry Run farm are merging to form a new exciting farm. They have been co-owners of many of our top alpacas for years. Now, they are combining both herds but will continue to operate in our separate locations, 35 minutes apart. Look for special offers related to this merger.
Prairie Lake Alpaca
Smithsburg, MD (Washington County)
Prairie Lake Alpacas offers Award Winning breeding stock, fiber quality males, stud service, fiber and 100% Alpaca yarns. All of its alpacas are ARI registered and are sold with reproductive guarantees. The owners love visiting with other alpaca enthusiasts and ask that you call or e-mail them to schedule a visit soon.
For more information visit The Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association (MABA) website. Formed in 1996, the Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association is a dedicated group of alpaca owners, breeders, and enthusiasts working together to provide educational and marketing opportunities for residents of Maryland and surrounding areas.
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