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What is an alpaca?
Could raising alpacas be right for you?

Alpacas are…
  • Small and easy to maintain
  • Fiber producing animals who are timid and shy, yet alert and curious.
  • Livestock eligible for tax advantages
  • Bred for investment potential, fiber and breeding stock.
  • Raised on small acreages. You can graze 4-8 per acre. They do not challenge fences.
  • Their valuable fiber comes in 22 natural colors.

Two Different Breed Types

Huacaya (pronounced “wah-ki-ah”) have the crimp that gives them the fluffy teddy bear look.

Suri (pronounced “surrey”) have fiber that hangs down from the body in beautiful dreadlocks.

The Fiber

Alpaca fiber is lanolin free and can be worn next to the skin. Alpaca has a softness like no other fiber.

Individual strands of fiber are hollow giving it a tremendous thermal capacity.

Their valuable fiber comes in 22 natural colors. Fiber colors include white, beige, fawn, brown, black, gray and all natural shades in between.

Personalities, Communication and Spitting

Alpacas are gentle and curious animals.

Communication is done through body posture, ear movement and a variety of sounds. The sound most often heard is a soft humming. They will alert the herd with a staccato alarm call of perceived danger.

Alpacas rarely spit at people unless frightened or abused. They use spitting to communicate with one another and to register a complaint.

Tax Advantages

*** Information on taxes comes form the Farmer’s Tax Guide, a publication obtained directly from the IRS or your accountant.

Alpacas are livestock and as such IRS allows deduction of 100% direct expenses from your taxes for: feed, veterinary costs, alpaca related travel, maintenance & repair to business related structures and equipment, services such as accounting, tax , legal, education and advertising. IRS allows for depreciation.

We cannot offer tax advice, however, we can share our experience with you.

Could raising alpacas be right for you?

A new born Suri boy and mom watching carefully at how we are handling him.

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