Double "A" Alpacas from lovely West Virginia's Double "A" Ranch
We are located in
the Springfield District of Monroe county, amidst the rolling
hills and tall ridges of the Allegheny Mountains. Four
perfect seasons in this moderate climate allow our alpacas
to thrive in comfort. We have a small, select foundation herd of
happy healthy ARI registered huacayas . Our special animals carry the
legacy of elite bloodlines that have been carefully bred for beauty and value, and we love every one of them.
My husband Allen and I are now well in to our 12th year
in the alpaca business, if you don't count the first year or
so of research and "extreme investigation". Like many of you,
whether you've taken those first steps already and
started on your adventure or you are just beginning to investigate
the lifestyle, we longed for way out of the hectic lives that we
found ourselves living. We also knew as anyone striving to live the
country dream we would need a way to make a living in a rural
environment. After ruling out many other kinds of traditional businesses
alpaca ranching kept intriguing us. We
had both already owned several businesses in our lives and
a few considered quite financially successful by societies'
standards. Success took on a new meaning for us,
we didn't want to go
back down the path of managing employees and high pressured sales and
We take a low-key approach to owning and breeding these gentle
animals. As Double "A Ranch, LLC we do everything possible
to make sure that the clients we take on have the same
passions; not just for the animals but for the continuation
and heritage of a profitable business yet relaxed rural
We are not big on
the idea of trekking round the country with a trailer full of frightened animals attending shows and entering competitions just so that we can accumulate ribbons and awards. This is usually stressful for the animals, especially in the first and last trimesters of their pregnancies.
Many ribbons such as fiber contests can be entered by mail
without having to transfer the alpaca, make sure you have
learned how to take proper samples and have any "show"
blankets sheared properly from the animal on shearing day.
Our preference is to spend our time with our animals in their pastures and barns; watching them, learning from them, and seeing that they are as comfortable and contented as we can make them. In this way, we try to ensure that
alpacas we breed or broker grow to be socialized, healthy,