Young guanaco are called chulengo. Guanaco don't lick their young when born, but rely on the sun to dry them. They have an uncanny nack of picking lovely sunny days to give birth. The gestation period is 11.5 months.
Guanaco are a herd animal and will run with a single male. Once the chulengo are about a year old, the herd male will drive off the male chulengos from the herd. They will then run as a bachelor herd quite happily.
Fibre from guanaco is highly desirable, being finer than cashmere and warmer than wool. We have exported our fibre as far a field as Japan and America. We shear the herd every 2 years and we supply fibre, yarn and garments.
We have a successful breeding programme here at Heathylee House Farm. We often have stock for sale, whether it be a starter herd, or young males. Further details here.
Heathylee House Farm
Phone: 01298 83659