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Alpacas Getting Started Guide

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Heritage Farm Suri Alpacas is happy to offer our new "Getting Started" guide. This downloadable 50-page guide will answer many questions you have about raising alpacas for fun and profit. Some of the topics covered include:


  • Defining your herd objectives
  • Basics of Alpaca Fiber Structure
  • Measuring Fiber Qualities
  • Planning Farm Infrastructure
  • Capital Equipment Considerations
  • Understanding Alpaca Health and Nutrition
  • Introduction to Genetics
  • Preparing for Breeding and Birthing
  • Checklist for an Action Plan



  • Starting an alpaca farm is a big decision. We want you to be well equipped to fully understand what the alpaca business is all about before you buy your first alpaca. Combined with talking to alpaca owners, going to educational seminars and getting your hands on several alpacas, this guide will help determine if alpaca ownership is right for you and provide you with some basics for getting started.


    To give you an idea of what is included in our "ALPACAS - a Getting Started Guide", below is the Table of Contents.

  • Introduction
  • Breeders’ Market vs. Fiber Market
  • Why Alpacas and What to Do With Them?
  • Owning Alpacas as Pets
  • Owning Alpacas for Fiber Production
  • Managing a Small Scale Alpaca Operation
  • Becoming an Alpaca Industry Leader
  • Focusing on Genetic Improvement through a Herdsire Operation
  • Putting it all Together
  • Define Your Strategy
  • What are they?
  • Herd Objectives
  • Fiber Structure
  • Differences between Suri and Huacaya Fiber
  • Follicle and Fiber Types
  • The Correlation between Density and Fineness
  • Fiber Criteria
  • The Histogram
  • Staple Length
  • Micron Count
  • Standard Deviation
  • Co-efficient of Variation
  • Comfort Factor
  • Breeding Goals
  • Culling
  • Farm Infrastructure
  • Fencing
  • Gates
  • Guard Animals
  • Shelter
  • Video Monitoring
  • Land
  • Pastures
  • Clean-up
  • Infrastructure
  • Equipment
  • Office/Lab equipment
  • Supplies
  • Show and Event accessories
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Veterinary and Health Care Supplies
  • General health
  • Teeth and toenails
  • Conditioning
  • Genetics
  • Mendelian Genetics?
  • Line breeding or inbreeding?
  • Selecting Your Foundation Herd
  • Breeding Methodologies
  • Breeding and Birthing
  • Breeding Methods
  • Confirmation of pregnancy
  • Birthing
  • Conclusions
  • The bottom-line
  • The next step
  • What Heritage Farm has to Offer
  • Action Plan
  • Suggested Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Endnotes