What is an alpaca?
How to Start
The best way to learn about the joy of owning
Alpacas is to visit the farms. People who are
already in the business. Alpaca breeders are friendly and they
enjoy sharing their Alpacas with the public. You will find that
each breeder has his own individual style and method of operation.
You can learn a little from each breeder and decide how you personally
would like to participate in the Alpaca industry, and at what
Alpaca breeders come from many walks of life. For some, Alpacas
are a source of income, for others a source of pleasure. Young
couples with children might own three or four Alpacas and enjoy
caring for them. Retired couples, who have raised their kids,
sold their business, and retired to the country are often owners.
The family whose members include a hand spinner might own two
or three animals for fiber production. Several larger breeders
are veterinarians who found the ownership of Alpacas to be more
rewarding than practicing veterinary medicine. Many herds are
owned by families, where the husband has a city job, and the Alpaca
business is managed by the wife on their small acreage in the
country. A large number of breeders are working couples who tend
their herd in the evening after work. All of these Alpaca breeders,
big and small, enjoy their animals and feel good about owning
an investment they can hug.
First, determine your goals for Alpaca ownership.
Would you like to own an inexpensive pair of gelding males for
fiber production or as pets for you and your family? Are you going
to be a full time or part-time breeder? Will you invest in Alpacas
for current financial returns or are you going to build a herd
toward the day you retire?
Once you've decided on your goal, the path to Alpaca ownership
will be more easily defined. Maybe you've decided to start a small
herd and let it grow over a period of time before retiring and
living off the income the herd produces. If so, you'll have the
power of compounding on your side.
If you're interested in acquiring a producing Alpaca herd with
immediate sales, you may want to consider a larger initial investment.
You would probably invest in a number of pregnant females who
would deliver a cash crop of cria immediately. This larger investment
might also encourage you to become more involved in the industry
and spend more time marketing your herd. Some breeders with bigger
herds have full time ranch managers or hire additional labor to
assist them with the day-to-day chores.
However you choose to be involved, there is an approach suitable
for you. The industry is very young and represents a ground floor
opportunity. Very few investments have the potential to reproduce
themselves every year. An Alpaca does. Today's smaller breeder
can choose to be almost any size in the future. An investor who
likes the return Alpacas offer, or the lifestyle they provide,
can choose any level of investment.
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