The manure adds organic materials to the soil and promotes the growth of micro-organisms, both of which are more beneficial to your plants than any chemical fertilizer ever invented.
*"Black tea"?--alpaca manure added to a gallon of water, sit for some time, then used it on houseplants!
Two years ago, we entered lemon cucumbers in the county fair. The judge's comments were that the cucumbers were "too large--probably hollow." He/she didn't realize that our veggies grow a bit larger in black gold! They were solid--and good!
Alpacas very deliberately do their "business" in areas they choose. In the summer pastures, where we do less clean-up, we can tell each spring where the poop piles were because that's where the grass is thicker and greener.
I invited a troop of Girl Scouts who were visiting the farm to take small baggies of alpaca manure home to use either for "black tea"* or for their gardens. The poop pile looked like a big pile of dirt. They promptly decided to climb the pile and dance on it!
Instead of a dance floor, we sell this great "by-product" to local gardeners.
Alpaca manure is lower in organic matter content than manures of most other barnyard livestock (like cows, horses and sheep)--but it still has plenty to improve soil texture and water-holding capacity.
This lower organic content allows alpaca manure to be spread directly onto plants without fear of "burning"--it is not "hot." It is the decomposition of organic matter which produces the heat that can damage plant roots. (Low organic matter content of the manure also indicates efficient digestion--another plus when you're talking to people about the benefits of alpaca ownership!)
Call me to arrange a pick-up for manure. If you bring your truck, we'll load it. Otherwise, bring containers and a shovel! Take a look (in the summer) at the Moscow and Troy Community Gardens where we have donated manure.