In October, 1997, moving to the country to raise livestock was a topic that held very little interest for me. To be truthful, each time my husband mentioned the subject, an argument usually resulted. Arlin was a successful custom home builder and I enjoyed the busy pace of real estate sales. Life was good! I truly could not imagine myself living in the country and being happy raising any kind of livestock.
While waiting for my son’s football practice to end one afternoon, I found a newspaper article about owing and breeding alpacas. I was really interested in the paragraph that described annual sales of alpacas, but the tax benefits stated in the article also really intrigued me. The very next morning we visited an alpaca breeder in our area to investigate the possibility of ownership. Two weeks later we purchased our first four alpacas!
Today, there are 160 Huacaya and Suri alpacas living happily in our pastures – many of them descending from the famous Peruvian Accoyo bloodlines made globally famous by Don Julio Berreda and his superior breeding programs at Estancia Accoyo in Peru. Neither one of us would dream of going back to the corporate world. The fast-paced, stressful way life we accepted for so many years is only a distant memory. Raising and breeding alpacas has not only given us a financially rewarding future, but our customers have become cherished, life-long friends. The industry is growing steadily, sale prices for the alpacas are stable and more and more people are becoming successful alpaca owners each year. Our lives are better than ever plus we are having a blast raising alpacas! We would love to help you get started! We are here to help you in any way we can!