• Investigating - ask questions
no charge to you,
we love to educate, visit with folks, and generally talk about
alpacas, the alpaca business, alpaca products even alpaca
poop...so ask away. Call us today.
• Ranch Visits - bring the kids,
bring the camera - but please call and schedule first. We
don't charge for visits to the Double "A" Ranch.
Farmers, families, school outings, church groups, vacationers, all are welcome.
• Purchasing Animals - whether it is your first
purchase or your twentieth - if you intend to keep alpacas or
want to invest and agist (board) them here, we can help
you find what you are looking for. Tell us the type, color,
and bloodlines you are interested in and purchase from us or let us be your broker.
• Training - Handling
sensitive and gentle alpacas differ from all other
livestock. If you've never worked with
livestock before of if you're an experienced farmer with
traditional livestock experience unless you're familiar
with tending alpacas specifically you'll want to get
some hands on field work. Learn how to wrangle, harness,
and doctor (take temps, give shots) these gentle
creatures. Learn how to manipulate them; from
pasture to pasture, into the trailer, into the chute or
into the proper stall.
• Registration - All animals purchased from us will be ARI registered, DNA analyzed, and certified for your protection and peace of mind. Microchips can be implanted if requested.
• Upbreeding - to better your
herd and increase their value breed to champion herdsires - we
will help you locate the proper male and negotiate stud fees to
suit your breed program as well as your budget.
• Sale of Fiber (with micron count and analysis)
Fiber is the future of the alpaca industry We'll help you locate where and how to
process and sell your fiber
and even introduce you to local artisans who make fine alpaca
products right here in the U.S.A.
• Agistment -
short term or long
term- Our ranch is a work in progress but the 123 acres of
secluded land has 30 acres of pasture and half of that is ready
for alpacas today. We have separate barns for temporary
quarantine of visiting animals or long term agistment animals
till they can be integrated into the main herd. Our hands
on herd health practices along with careful attention to bio
clean pastures make it a safe and wonderful place for your
alpacas to stay.
• Stud Service - we
guarantee live births from every breeding at our ranch. Bring
your girls here or we'll transport the macho to her. We
even offer to transport your female if she is properly insured.
• Financing -
Ranch, LLC will custom tailor finance packages on an individual
basis. Talk to us, we're flexible and fair.
• Free agistment -(boarding) at
Double "A" Ranch for up to 6 months with the purchase of any Double "A" Alpaca
or brokered ARI registered breed stock animals transported to
our ranch. Owners are responsible for
veterinary bills and alpaca livestock insurance. No additional
charge for regular "herd health" maintenance such as nail
trimming, or "doctoring" done on premises by us.
• Fertilizer - Alpaca beans are
very low odor (practically none!) moderate nitrogen and high in other
nutrients that make it a fantastic fertilizer. No mixing or
processing needed we use it "raw" on our garden and have seen
the results first hand. Ask us about Double "A" Paca Poo,
prices vary depending on delivery. Come pick up a sample
• Education - We think this
subject is so important that we start our service list
(Investigation) and end our service list (Education) with this
item. We will help you
locate alpaca associations, seminars, universities, (known for
their camelid expertise), aid in research of other reputable
broker/breeders, recommend books, periodicals and generally share our growing body of
knowledge. If we don't know the answer to any
question, we will never "fake it"
we'll find out together. There is no business, hobby, or
venture that doesn't allow for growth of knowledge, exchange of
ideas or change of opinions as time and experience moves
We'll be glad to show you how simple and fun it is to
get started today. Our focus now is to help those
interested in owning "our kind" of alpacas locate and
purchase them with confidence, and transport
and tend them with care.
Q: Why Invest in Alpacas?
A: Security, Stability, Profitability, as well as the 'Cuddle
Insure your investment. Unlike the stock market when you
invest in alpacas and tragedy strikes you are covered. We
all know what happens to your investment in the NYSE or NASDAQ
if the stock you've purchased goes down or even crashes.
There is nothing that can prepare you for the heartbreak
when accident or disease claims the life of a treasured member
of your herd and at that moment there is no amount of money you
wouldn't give to have them back. Even when grieving practical
matters are a fact of life. Mortality and theft insurance
for alpacas offer security for your financial investment
Wilkins Livestock Insurers). If this stock goes down
at least you'll get paid.
a nutshell, there are 160,000 registered alpacas in North
America (AOBA 2012 survey) and of those, 74,000 are males. All
the breeders in North America combined are able to supply only
14% of the demand in the fashion industry for this luxurious
fiber. Alpacas reproduce slowly (i.e. only one offspring per
year) and many males are often gelded or sold as non-breeding
pets to ensure up-breeding (breeding only to the very best males
to consistently increase the quality of the next generation).
Careful, and selective up-breeding to the right bloodlines
with superior phenotypes will assure the increase in value of
your herd. All future offspring will increase in value. Values
are expected to continue to rise until such time as demand
for fiber, and the available supply, equate.
meantime, each female alpaca produces only one cria per year.
Demand is high while supply due to the long gestation period and
single offspring is still very low. Now you may never own,
buy or sell alpacas in these astronomical price ranges but it's
nice to know somebody does. Like horses, and pure bred
dogs before them there are alpacas of quality and price range
Only a few short
years ago, the highest price paid for an alpaca was $80,000. In
September 2005 an animal sold for $600,000 and his brother sold
for $400,000. By 2007 1/2 share in Legacy
sold for $750,000. While individual prices have come down
considerably after the financial corrections of 2008 the growth
of our industry overall remains solid. In these uncertain
times more and more city dwellers desire a more self-sufficient
Compound Breeding -
Maximize your return on investment. For the sake of example:
starting with only seven females and two males in your first
year, producing one offspring per female per year; and assuming
that 80% of pregnancies lead to active, healthy births, and that
all births are fifty-per-cent female, fifty-per-cent male; then,
at the end of five years you should have thirty six alpacas.
After ten years, that number becomes one hundred and twenty six
alpacas. If they are worth an average of $10,000 each, the total
value of your herd will be almost a million
Limited Exposure Program - Recover your
investment quickly and control the growth of your
herd. Regardless of the size of your initial herd,
retain only one female cria each year (selling the
rest) until your investment has been recovered in
full. Then you are quickly working on money that has
been generated from your business.
Fast Recapture of Investment Program
- Sell all cria, male and female, until you have
recovered all of the capital invested in the business,
or have repaid any loan taken out. This will ensure that
you are debt free and working on income generated from
the business at all times. If shortage of space or
limited facilities are a problem, you may wish to
continue this program or a variation of it.
There are many ways to manage your alpaca business. How YOU do
it depends on your goals and expectations and your willingness
to commit time and money to the project.
We can help you if you are undecided. Let our
research and experience work for you. Let us help you prepare
your business plan with five-year and ten-year
income/expenditure projections, design and plan your working
farm, or advise on nutrition and supplements specially designed
to increase quality and density of fiber.
Fiber is what it is all about.
The aim is to start with a heavy fleece of dense fiber with good coverage and improve it with each successive breeding. Hence the term ‘up-breeding’.
Luster, or sheen, adds a dimension, as does
Lock (its cleanliness and appearance). Crimp, or waviness, indicates greater length.
Handle (how it feels) and Strength (its general health) also play an important part.
Color is less important and micron counts are important to some, but not all, fiber buyers.
note the luster
abundance of crimp
Natural fibers are a renewable
resource! Use your purchase
dollars to support natural,
renewable fibers that are not
made from synthetic materials or
petroleum products. Natural
fibers are warmer, breathe
better, are naturally fire
retardant, require less
chemicals for production which
means less chemicals in our
water sources and they are naturally
you for supporting American made
alpaca products, people and
We considered the alpaca industry carefully before deciding to get involved. Too many people's
hard earned savings had gone down the drain with 'flash-in-the-pan' fads. Emus, ostriches, oil drilling, Enron, dot.com stocks, and the Nasdaq index; had all seemed great investments - until circumstances suddenly and drastically changed.
It appears the shakier real estate and stock markets
get the more attractive a stable tangible investment like
consulted with alpaca experts and camelid specialists all over the country.
Over the course of several months we visited farms and
contacted universities. There were breeders' associations,
and veterinarians to sound out, seminars and
conferences to attend, and
naturally endless research on the Internet. Numerous
university studies are available online, many are available
as free downloads in .pdf format . We learned about the pitfalls, caveats, and areas of concern.
There is risk. After all it is a business. That risk
isn't so much whether the alpaca business "works" it's
whether or not you do.
We know from experience that "the harder
you work the luckier you get". As a passive investment
alpacas have incredible tax advantages and create compound
tax deferred income. For the active alpaca rancher, the
breeders in it for the business, alpacas are a true labor of
Of course, we
will never know it all, and we continue to learn daily from
the absolute best resource there is... our alpacas. If you get up and
enjoy what you do everyday then everyday is like a vacation.
Why not call us today and see if you agree?
a brokered animal is simply an alpaca or group of
alpacas that we find for you to purchase that belongs to
another ranch or farm. As the buyer this costs you nothing extra.
Let that sink in...This costs you nothing extra! The selling farm pays all commissions! We
do the leg work; negotiating, and research at no cost to
our clients. Allowing us to broker your
procurement whether it is a single alpaca or a
substantial group offers another advantage. As our
reputation grows the many farms and ranches wishing to
sell their animals are now vying for our attention and
the opportunity that represents for a potential sale.
Not just "your sale" the future sales that dealing with
a broker represents. Put simply, we boost your
purchasing power. As they compete with each other
for the prospect of our business we are often offered
additional incentives; unpublished deep discounts off
their selling price, special financing terms, free
farms and ranches we chose to do business
with are special. They are very special indeed,
most are moderate to small family farms. We've
found the larger more so called "professional" outfits'
alpacas are not nearly as friendly or socialized as we
prefer. For all of their polish in a large scale
operation they don't seem to be able to deliver the
goods on what we specialize in... highly
socialized, friendly alpacas.
Every breeder that we accept into our exclusive network we have
developed a level of trust and a communication
structure built specifically to establish mutually
beneficial long term relationships; for us, for
them, and for our clients who will become a part of that
What is expected of you:
We will go the extra mile
to see you achieve your alpaca dreams. But...
That is not to say as the client that you are without
responsibility. We will take the same care in
ensuring that these marvelous alpacas will be going to
proper loving quality homes where they will thrive in
their new lives. As we embark on this journey
together whether it is your first or fiftieth alpaca
purchase we will get to know each other well
and hopefully develop the same kind of friendships we've
come to expect and have developed with all of the
"alpaca people" who've allowed us to become part of
their networks in the past.
Financially you will be responsible for transportation
costs, veterinary exams or any medical expenses
necessary, and /or travel and mortality insurance not
covered by the supplying breeder. If you
choose, your alpacas may reside and be cared for by
us at the Double "A" Ranch for up to six months without
charge if you'd like, if necessary, we will offer long term
agistment (boarding) at very reasonable rates as well as
shorter term. Ask about available
We are not simply putting a customer and supplier base
together. There are literally thousands of people with
alpacas for sale and literally thousands more wanting to
buy alpacas. As we've said before we don't care to own a big operation of any kind or find ourselves once again in the
stressed out high pressure pace that goes with that
Double "A" Ranch, LLC will intentionally focus on exclusively
offering specialized service to likeminded individuals and
organizations. Those that are putting their animals
care and happiness and business ethics first. "Our
kind" of people for "our kind" of alpacas.
What are "our
kind" of alpacas? Huacayas are for us! The
cuteness and cuddle factor are off the charts. But,
here are a few more details as to what we've chosen to
specialize in and what constitutes "our kind".
in price. This can be as low as free (deserted and
abused alpacas in need of rescue) to $100-$500 for a pet quality
animal to $1500 - $3000 for a gelded or non-breeding high
quality fiber animal. Quality breeding stock can
range from $2000- $1,500,000 (just a few short years
ago 1/2 share of Legacy a magnificent herdsire sold for
$750,000) While, the stud value of an alpaca such as Legacy
was said be over a million dollars per year and after all it
is a business there is something else driving the price of
alpacas. Like AKC pure bred dogs or high brow show
horses before them alpacas have an alluring intrinsic value
to those who buy, breed and show these most charming of
creatures. Once you've gone past the looking and
investigation stage and begin to learn, work, and play
with these animals it won't be long before you find out if
"it" is in your blood or not. The alpaca has such
personality, each herd has a dynamic structure where
individuality dictates the hierarchy. The leader (your
alpha 'paca), the prankster, the pleaser, the comedian, the
aloof, and the shy they are all represented there.
Ranch consciously made a decision to steer our business in a
low key direction. In this sluggish economy,
that is affecting every industry, we feel quality breed stock valued
in the mid- priced range of $2,000 - $25,000 is a safe
start up investment. The upside of a sluggish economy is
opportunity. Many times multiples or small herd
packages of quality breed stock can be found within those price ranges.
Even if we don't currently have what you are looking for, we know where to find
prime, investment-grade stock and can help you
evaluate and procure them. Depending upon what you are
looking for and the purpose intended, we can find you a
gorgeous alpaca cria from below $1,000, or a grand champion
at $50,000 or above. We'll work hard to locate the proper
animal that represents a great value for your money.
If you choose to allow us to broker your alpaca purchase
the seller pays our commission, it cost you nothing. We'll
keep and care for your alpacas at Double "A" Ranch until you are comfortable tending them and
your property is ready to bring them home. Again, the first
six months are at no charge.