Why Invest in Alpacas

The chart below represents herd growth over a 10 year period.
Beginning at year 1 with 2 males and 5 pregnant females.


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Tax Benefits

There are two types of Alpaca ownership: Active and Passive. An active owner refers to an owner that keeps possession of the alpacas on their property. A passive owner enjoys all the investment advantages of Alpacas ownership without actually taking possession of them by aggisting, or boarding them with another breeder. Each carries tax benefits.

Either way:

Active or "Hands-On" Ownership

Passive Ownership:

While your herd is being aggisted and building, you are able to take advantage of the fact that the value of your herd is greatly increasing (with each new birth) while the taxes are deferred until such time that you might sell an alpaca. Your expenses related to your growing herd are not deductible from your annual income, but are building for use as deductions against the future income on the sale of your breeding stock.

For more information (from the REAL experts) please request publication #225 (the Farmers Tax Guide) from your local IRS office.


Alpaca Facts

Alpaca FAQs

What is an Alpaca?

Alpaca are members of the South American camelid family which includes vicunas, guanacos, llamas, and camels. They were first imported in 1984.

Do they spit?

Alpacas are very social and intelligent creatures. Alpacas do spit, but normally just at each other. A female will spit off a male, refusing his advances if she is pregnant.

What do you do with alpacas?

Are they easy to care for?

They need only routine shearing, vaccinations, worming and toe trimming. A simple three sided shelter from heat or foul weather is all that is needed. They do not challenge fences thus elaborate compounds are not required.

What do they eat?

Alpacas are grazers and eat mainly pasture grass. It is a good idea to provide hay with supplemental grain for pregnant females and growing yearlings. Because they are ruminants they utilize their food very efficiently.

How long do they live?

Average lifespan is 20 years.

How big do they get?

Adult alpacas stand approximately 3 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh 100 - 150 pounds.

Where can you sell the fleece?
As the domestic alpaca herd and industry expands there will be more and more commercial avenues open to sell alpaca fleece.





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