Six of the important things to know before you purchase your first two alpacas. These are
terms you need to have the knowledge on before you spend your money. If you cannot answer
these question then you need to do more homework.
#1: Genotype. What does that term mean to you and what importance is it to
my Alpaca Herd that I want to raise? If you can't answer that
question then you need to do more research.
#2: Phenotype. What does that term mean to you and is it the most deciding factor
in your decision to purchase alpacas? If you answer yes, then it is my opinion that you need to
do more homework. E-mail me and I will tell you why.
#3: Marketing. After you have the knowledge of genotype and phenotype how am I am going to
sell these alpacas. If you do not know the answer and do not have a plan then you could
be in serious trouble unless you have lots of money.
#4: Breeding- You have to breed to above average males with great bloodlines and
learn all you can about breeding. You should be willing to do outside
breedings to improve your herd. Why? If you sit down and figure it out, it takes 39 months
to correct a breeding mistake. I believe that Breeding is the key in the
Alpaca Business and if you get into the business as a new breeder it
should be on the top of your list to learn how to do it.
#5: Breed only to homozygous males.
#6: Do not breed to heterozygous males.
If you are lost on some of the above questions or do not have the answers then
and we will have a cup of coffee or tea and some cookies and talk about alpacas before you make
Yes you should buy alpacas and
before you do please read six basic things that will
if you decide to look at an alpaca or if you decide to
buy some. They are number at the bottom.
When Lin and I bought our first alpacas back in 2004 we
did not have one fence up at
Our five acres located just north of Miller One Stop on
I will make a long story short. We went to an Alpaca
Show in Post Falls Id just to
Look and learn something about alpacaís. We talk to 4 to
5 different farms and learn and got
A lot of information. We came up to this one farm that
had 3 females and a male in it and the female put her
head on Lin shoulder and started to hum. That was it. We
2 females and a male that day. Lin had forgotten her
check book so I had to run the deposit out on Sunday.
Lin called me at least 5 times on my cell phone and
tried to talk me out of buying them. Lin is very happy
today that I didnít listen to her.
So we went home and started putting up a fence and
shelter for the alpacas that were going
To be on our farm in 2 weeks. The first major thing Lin
and I learned is that you always have to shut gates
behind you because alpacas love to follow you. We have a
swimming pool on the side of our home and after
receiving our alpacas and putting them in their new
shelter we went in. About five minutes later we see our
new female alpaca stepping into the pool. At 45 degrees
Lin jumps in and pulls Allium out of the pool. She was
just fine but Lin was really cold. So if you are looking
for a lifestyle change in what you are doing then you
should buy some alpacas.
If you are looking to start up a business where the
whole family can be involved then
We invite you to visit our Alpaca Rose Ranch and see
what we have done in the short period of time. We will
answer your questions.
You have heard that a lot folks buy alpacas for their
tax write off. I am by no means a tax expert but I will
give you an example and I would recommend that you
contact your tax man.
The quick and dirty of it . . . say you purchase
$100,000 in alpacas and are in the 45% tax bracket. You
will recognize $45,000 in tax savings by your alpaca
purchase. That tax savings can go a long way toward
paying off the original cost of your herd. If you
finance the purchase of your animals it is a really
great way to leverage into developing your herd. Many
breeders, like us, will allow you to finance the
purchase over four years with a reasonable down
payment. And during that four year period your breeding
program can have sufficient babies (crias) to fund the
full payment of your original herd and a healthy profit.
So if you are looking for some tax breaks then you
should buy Alpacas.
I donít have any land yet or my fencing and shelter are
not up yet, can I still purchase an Alpaca. Yes you can
but remember that you have to buy at least two
Of them. They need a buddy.
Yes, we offer up to one year FREE agistment with the
purchase of any of our animals. After that year it is
$90 per month per alpaca.
What do I do with the fiber? The fiber market in the US
is just at the starting up point. The fiber from your
alpacas can cover some of the overhead of your
Farm. You can have it process and then sell the end
product either at your farm shop or if you have a web
site. Yes another reason to buy alpacas.