Monday, September 30, 2013
Cuter Than A Truck
Eagle Bend Alpacas is a 52 acre farm housing 130 alpacas. The animals are shorn once a year and the fleece brings a nice price, but the real money is in raising and selling breeding stock. The alpaca is gentle, easy to care for and each female will produce approximately 7 offspring in her lifetime. Champion Alpacas can bring between $20K and $40K each, but animals with a lesser pedigree can be had for $3K-$7K. The alpaca eats grass, a small amount of specialized feed for nutrients and hay. A general rule of thumb is that one acre of pasture land will sustain 6 alpacas.
So I'm thinking we start small, maybe 5 females and one good male with a desirable pedigree. If all 5 females become pregnant the first year you've increased your herd by 5. By buying good quality stock in the beginning, you're breeding babies that will bring good prices. Eagle Bend will even board your alpacas for $4.00 per day per animal.
I'm doing my due diligence here, but I think this can be a money maker in 3-5 years. No investment in land or labor expense. Just let alpacas do what they do naturally and watch the money roll in. Grumpy's Alpacas has a nice ring to it.
Mrs. Grumpy is skeptical. That's ok; she was skeptical about marrying me and look how that turned out.