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Alpacas have been around for over 5,000 years and there are many reasons why. Indigenous to South America, the stock is comfortable in ALL weather conditions and quickly adapt to the environment. They are easy to care for and only require a few acres of land to survive & thrive.

They consume grass or hay but not to any great amount. A single bale of hay will usually be enough for 20 alpacas for one day. They tread lightly on the ground with soft padded toes much like a dog’s foot. Grass recovery is quicker and helps pasture production. Alpacas only nibble at the tops of grasses and other plants but do not rip plants from the soil such as goats and sheep. The result is less destruction and disturbance to the pasture.

Alpacas are a “green” machine. From their modest eating habits, protection of the pasture and their grazing area, Alpacas make perfect sense for today’s environmentally farm. They make a true organic fertilizer that is easy to spread or compost. Most importantly is their magnificent fleece. This warm, incredibly soft fiber comes in 22 natural colors and is sought by enthusiasts everywhere. Most Alpaca fleece is hypoallergenic, contains no grease and is virtually ready for spinning as it comes off the Alpaca. It is a fashion origin for knitting, crocheting and weaving, for creating hats, coats, even moccasins. Amazingly the fleece is waterproof.

Raising alpacas can offer some very attractive tax advantages. If they are raised “for profit”, all the expenses attributable to the endeavor can be written off against other income. Expenses would include feed, fertilizer, veterinarian care, etc. but also the depreciation of such tangible property as breeding stock and equipment. These expenses can also help shelter current cash flow from tax.

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