About Alpacas: This Much We Know Is True
We would like to share five of the most important truths that we have learned in our almost fifteen years of raising alpacas. Hopefully, this information will help you to know that you have many more choices than you may realize for enjoying the alpaca lifestyle.
Truth # 1: ALPACAS ARE AFFORDABLE
You DO NOT need to risk mortgaging your home in order to afford a small starter herd of well-bred and well-cared- for alpacas with the potential to bring you both happiness and profitability.
You DO, however, want to insist on purchasing your alpacas from a farm where the emphasis is unquestionably on excellence in caring for these animals, as well as on the breeder’s commitment to teaching you everything they know…from the first day your alpacas come home to you and then forever (if possible) after that.
Truth # 2: QUALITY MATTERS…BUT IT IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE
You DO NOT need to find the “world’s best genetics” for your herdsires or your dams, and you DO NOT need to worry if the animals you fall in love with have NEVER won a blue ribbon and have NEVER appeared in a full-page glossy ad in a marketing magazine.
You DO, however, want to be aware that sometimes a more ordinary-seeming alpaca can produce an amazing cria, while an award-winning alpaca can sometimes produce a disappointment. (Ask us sometime to tell you about Destiny and Clarence). So, basically, you DO want to invest in alpacas of good quality, good disposition, and excellent health. From there, you will be able to achieve all of the breeding and fiber goals of your dreams with fine success.
Truth # 3: CONGRATULATIONS! IT’S A BOY!
You DO NOT need to despair if the crias born to your herd are not all girls.
You DO have lots of really good reasons to celebrate when the news is “IT’S A BOY!” This is because, as fabulous as girl crias are, boys are wonderful, too. In fact. we have found that our boys are often simpler to raise and easier to handle than our girls, and they are often more continuously productive, throughout their lifetime, of the highest quality of luscious fiber that needs to be the ultimate foundation for the future of this industry for us all.
Truth # 4: DON’T FORGET THE FIBER!
You DO NOT have to base your alpaca business solely on the sale of your beloved animals and their offspring. (Although you certainly can!)
You DO have the opportunity to be among the alpaca breeders who are advancing the fiber and fashion component of our industry by emphasizing the processing and sale of our warm, soft, and luxurious alpaca products (such as yarns, rugs, blankets, upscale clothing. etc.)
Truth # 5: IT CAN BE “ALL ABOUT YOU”
As you try to determine whether there is an alpaca lifestyle that is genuinely right for you and your family, you DO NOT have to either hold your breath and take a huge leap of faith … or forego this adventure all together.
You DO have the right and the opportunity to design your own identity in this business, at your own pace, with respect to a realistic budget, and in accordance with the lessons learned and shared by others you can trust.
So, these are five of our essential truths. If you would like to become better acquainted with our alpaca philosophy, please go to the Information and News section of our website and read a copy of the article that was published in the Winter 2009 issue of Alpacas Magazine. It is entitled: “Life with Alpacas: Taking the Road Less Traveled,” and it explains in detail many of the ideas suggested here in our introduction.
And let us know if you would like to talk or visit. We are eager to meet you and show you around.