Anyone know about Alpaca farming? I'm familiar with horse farms. Is raising an Alpaca similar? What are the costs per animal? Revenues?
My attorney actually raises alpacas. He started out maybe two or three years ago and probably has 15 animals. I don't know exact pricing, but I've heard of some champion male alpacas going for over $250,000 (but most from 5k to 40k, depending on the animal, characteristics, demand, etc).
Unfinished alpaca fiber (it's hair you shear off) goes for about $2-$5 per ounce, and once it is finished (cleaning, spinning, etc.) it can easily cost $10 or more per oz.
Alpacas generally don't need much land or fencing requirements and seem to be fairly easy to care for.
Here is a good website about general info: http://www.alpacainfo.com/mediacenter/faq.html
There is a lot of more in-depth financial info on Google (type in "alpaca" or "alpaca farm").
Hope that helped some!!
Hey thanks for reviving a dead old message. I'm glad someone came to the rescue. Good info. Thanks!
Apparently I wouldn't qualify to build an ark in the event of the next great flood...I didn't even know what a Alpaca was...
lol. Think Camel in the mountains.
Speaking of camels...I think Alpaca Cigarettes was the original name for what is known as the Camel Brand today.
Thanks Scott . . . nice little trivia question. You should get on Jeopardy.
I've heard their poop is more valuable than standard farm poop as a fertilizer due to the higher nitrogen levels. I actually looked into what farm animal had the highest yield vs. cost and maintenance and from what I was told - chickens were the best.