How to Start an Alpaca Farm Business

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Alpacas are a growing trend in the United States. Raising Alpacas can be fun and profitable. To start your own alpaca business, there are several decisions you will need to make to be successful.

Starting your alpaca business

  • Decide on which niche market you want to focus your alpaca business. Alpacas come in two breeds and 85 different colors. Do you want to raise show-quality animals, which is the higher end, or focus more on raising general breeding stock? Would you prefer concentrating on a specific color of fleece for the market?

  • Explore different marketing options. If you are growing fleece, check into the best place to market your fleece. The same holds true for marketing breeding stock. Where will you get the best price for your alpacas?

  • Prepare your alpaca's new home. Be sure there is ample room for your alpacas and that you understand time, health, habitat and nutritional requirements of your alpaca herd. If you are planning to raise breeding stock, you will need a sire as well as several dams to breed.

Tips & Warnings

  • As with any business, be sure you understand all risks before you begin.
  • Consider that owning any animal requires a commitment and a lot of time. Alpacas must be fed, shorn, and cleaned up after.

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