That seems to be the question on everyone's mind.
It's a great question through since many people are so
unfamiliar with this camelid species, a close cousin to
the Llama. Here are three basic facts about
alpacas to answer this question, and some info about us!
1) Sustainability- Easy
keepers, environmentally friendly, safe with children.
2) Fleece- Alpacas are raised
for their soft fleece which is excellent fiber.
3) Tax Advantages/Investment- Considered
the world's finest livestock investment.
(Country Boy) grew up around farming in Barnstead,
NH. There, he and his family grew and sold veggies, x-mas
trees, and was active in 4H programs showing, owning and
breeding goats. That said, Damon already had a
background in farming, science, and showing animals. Not
to mention growing up drinking goat milk and eating farm
fresh veggies. Yum! Damon graduated from the University
of New Hampshire, and now works as a Wetland Scientist.
He still enjoys the farm life of harvesting those
veggies and showing, training, and breeding animals.
(City Girl) grew up in the city of Fall River,
MA. Definitely not a farming community! Animals
were always her #1 interest and she started riding
horses as a young child. This led to showing and
training horses, then assisting her family with showing
dogs. She also graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She met her
first alpaca working as a veterinary technician at Tufts Veterinary School where
she got to work directly with everything from meningeal
worm to neonatal issues. Ever since then, alpacas
have always been an interest, not to mention showing
dogs, riding horses and veterinary medicine. Currently
she specializes in Veterinary Ophthalmology at Port City
Veterinary Referral Hospital in Portsmouth, NH.
alpacas took time and money, but we wanted to be
involved in something different and have our children
grow up in this environment of family farming. They also
enjoy the farm fresh veggies and goat milk! We also love
the fiber alpacas produce which can be hand spun and/or
made into sweaters, socks and so on.
We are very excited
(Happy Farming) to have
been alpaca farming for 6 years now! We have had successful years in the show ring, and our children participate in showing as well. We would be happy to
talk with anyone who is considering starting out in the
alpaca business or just have questions. We've been
there, and there is a lot to learn. We would love to
share our experience with others and show you our
wonderful sometimes silly animals!