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Fast Money – Alpacas Fleecing The Govt?

This is a really FAST video that TRIES to explore the fact that people get tax advantages from raising alpacas. I think it comes off a bit confusing. But the way I see it – any publicity is good publicity. What did you think about this video? Leave us a comment and tell us your [...]

It’s A Green Christmas for Alpacas

The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) is giving alpaca breeders something to celebrate this holiday season! Through AOBA’s public relations efforts, a press release was distributed to the media highlighting alpacas as a green business. As a result, Alpacas are being featured as the perfect green livestock on a syndicated television special called “It’s [...]

Customer Service – The 80%-20% Rule

This post contributed by Monica Klein from A Suri Farm. I have a brother (actually, I have four brothers) who has this goofy hypothesis he calls the “80:20 Rule.”  I’m beginning to learn that my brother, John, may not be so far off base in his thinking.  His rule says that in the world of [...]

Ian Watt Talks Alpaca Fleece – Part 2

Mariann Marsh, Founder of Alpaca Social interviews alpaca expert Ian Watt, of Alpaca Consulting Services USA, former President of the Australian Alpaca Association. Listen to this audio/video to hear Ian’s secrets for breeding for exceptional alpaca fleece. In this interview he talks about how you can tell if a young male  has herdsire potential. He [...]

Ian Watt Talks Alpaca Fleece – Part 1

Mariann Marsh, Founder of Alpaca Social interviews alpaca expert Ian Watt, of Alpaca Consulting Services USA, former President of the Australian Alpaca Association. Listen to this audio/video to hear Ian’s secrets for breeding for exceptional alpaca fleece. In this interview he shares how to feed your male alpacas for less $, how many years you [...]

Tips from Successful Alpaca Breeders #3

Tip # 3 – Proven Herdsires Give You A Leg Up Experienced breeders will most likely read the title of this article and instantly assume that proven is the better option here. I will lay-out the pros and cons of both arguments here, and come to the conclusion that proven males are in fact, the [...]

Magical Farms Implements Currency for Classics

In what can only be described as a brilliant business move, Magical Farms has rolled out an innovative alpaca sales/trade program called “Currency for Classics” . Inspired by the “Cash for Clunkers” automobile program, this program has alpaca breeders trading in, ahem, older model females for younger stock. Numerous jokes spring to mind about trading [...]

Tips from Successful Alpaca Breeders #2

Define Your Success We might automatically think of success in terms of $$, but if you think a little harder, there are other ways to define success. Maybe what you want is to be your own boss, to be able to take a vacation when you want to (after you find a ranch sitter), to [...]

Super Stud El Nino Died While Protecting Herdmates

Full Accoyo herdsire, El Nino, owned by Pacific Crest Accoyo America, passed away in late 2008. El Nino was well-known as an incredibly pre-potent herdsire, siring an incredible number of Champion offspring and putting incredible fleeces on his get. Once breedings to El Nino were closed, a breeding to the elite sire sold for $18,000 [...]

Alpaca Hematology – World Conference

The following  are my notes from the ARF Sponsored seminar given by Dr. Tornquist on June 4, 2009 at the World Alpaca Conference: Hematology of Alpacas Normal, Abnormal, and Studies from the Andes to Chinese Wormwood with Susan Tornquist, DVM, PhD., Dip. ACVP College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University Alpaca blood cells are different than other [...]



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