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Alpacas in California 



Alpacas in California

Alpaca Resources

Becoming alpaca shepherds is a process of continuing education and consultation with the expert “shepherds” in the field. The learning curve can be very steep if you decided to jump in with both feet over a couple of weeks, or it can be gradual over a year or more. We know that by practicing safe, scientific, and modern care of our alpacas, the returns are alpacas that are healthy with the finest of fleece, conformation and progeny.

We encourage ongoing education and exploration in the world of alpaca breeding. Please take your time to look into the wide array of information on this page.


AOA – Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. was formed to promote public awareness and membership education of the alpaca’s qualities. This organization manages the national alpaca registry and provides forums for education regarding alpaca husbandry based upon the health, soundness and productivity of the alpacas.

CALPACA - California Alpaca Breeders Association is the oldest regional alpaca breeders association in the Northern Hemisphere and home to the oldest alpaca bloodlines in North America.


Yocum McColl Wool Testing Labs has been in business since 1964 as an independently owned, commercial wool testing lab located in Denver, Colorado. They test raw wool for yield and fiber diameter.

Sun Valley Alpaca Co was originally created as Inca Fashions to increase awareness of alpacas and their luxurious fiber through the sale of gorgeous alpaca garments and related products.


Alpaca Research Foundation - The Alpaca Research Trust was established by the ARI Board of Directors in December, 1997 as a Colorado, non-profit corporation for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. The Board of Directors, of what is now known as the Alpaca Research Foundation, is composed of a select group of camelid veterinarians, research scientists and medical professionals. Their job is to establish research goals and critically evaluate research proposals from qualified research scientists.

Oregon State University - The Program for Camelid Education and Research at OSU has an excellent camelid program. You can find a number of helpful articles under "camelid" using the search tool on this page.

Ohio State University has one of the oldest and largest veterinary schools in the United States

Dr. Pollard’s Herbs - The products on this site were developed after many years of treating camelids using herbals for a variety of diseases.


Ideal Alpaca Community is an alpaca genetic improvement cooperative. Northwest Alpacas founded this practice. Participation in the Ideal Alpaca Community will help to produce genetically superior alpacas through the practice of classic livestock breeding systems.


Camelidynamics - Alpacas and llamas are among the most wondrous and mysterious creatures in the world. Yet handling and training them should be no mystery at all. Marty McGee Bennett has developed a proven and effective method to handle and train alpacas and llamas. This training system is Camelidynamics™.

Quality Llama Products - the largest alternate livestock supply source on the Internet.


The Alpaca Shepherd by Mike Safley

Ideal Alpacas: From Myth to Reality by Mike Safley

Alpacas: Synthesis of a Miracle by Mike Safley

The Complete Alpaca Book by Eric Hoffman and Contributing Authors

Llama & Alpaca Neonatal Care by Dr. Brad Smith, Dr. Karen Timm and Dr. Patrick Long

Alpaca Field Manual, 3rd Edition by C. Norman Evan, D.V.M.

The Camelid Companion by Marty McGee Bennett

The Wonderful World of Alpacas by M. Brandon James

The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn by Carol Kroll

Medicine and Surgery of South American Camelids: Llama, Alpaca, Vicuna, Guanaco by Murray E. Fowler

Llamas and Alpacas as a Metaphor for Life by Marty McGee Bennett

Caring for Llamas and Alpacas: A Health & Management Guide by Claire Hoffman


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American Pride Alpacas LLC
Konrad and Donna Poplawski, MD
4350 Hilltop Lane, Shingle Springs, California 95682
Ph: 916-761-7783

Member of the Ideal Alpaca Community