Some of the articles in this category are published with the author’s permission; however, many of the articles were composed by yours truly (Kally) for various speaking engagements.  The opinions and ideas set forth in them come from my real life experiences and through trials and tribulations.  They are what we have found work best for us, our alpacas, and our area of the country.  We at Cushy Alpacas are in a constant learning mode and every alpaca owner is different.  Talk to as many as you can and form your own opinions and ideas.

Alpaca Terminology

Alpaca Terminology

July 24th, 2016|Comments Off on Alpaca Terminology

Huacaya (wah-KI-ya) - The “teddy bear” alpaca, whose full coat presents a round woolly appearance. The Huacaya fleece is crimped and very dense. Suri (SIR-ee) - The alpaca with dreadlocks. The Suri has long, non-crimped, lustrous “pencils” growing [...]

Benefits and Risks of Alpaca Ownership

Risks of Alpaca Ownership

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Risks of Alpaca Ownership

Risks. It is important to recognize that there are inherent risks to alpaca ownership just like in any other livestock or financial investment. Therefore, as in most investments, it is best to not invest more [...]

Benefits of Alpaca Ownership

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Benefits of Alpaca Ownership

Benefits. The stock market is experiencing wide swings on a daily basis. Investors are not sure from day to day whether or not their profit will hold another day let alone another year. Stock market [...]

Biosecurity for Alpacas

Biosecurity Cost/Benefit

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Biosecurity Cost/Benefit

An outbreak of disease could harm your alpacas and affect other animals quickly spreading through your area. The economic consequences of a disease outbreak in your area could be devastating. Biosecurity measures need to be [...]

Biosecurity Protection

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Biosecurity Protection

Animal Movement. Be sure all testing, vaccinations, and dewormings are up-to-date. Quarantine alpacas coming on to or returning to your farm. Quarantine herdsires used for drive-by breedings. Keep pregnant females as far away as possible [...]

Biosecurity Categories

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Biosecurity Categories

Quarantine. New arrivals, visiting alpacas, and alpacas returning from events must be quarantined. The USDA recommends 30 days. The bacterial/viral prepatent period is 14-21 days on average. Parasites/coccidia prepatent period is 3-6 weeks. Quarantine is [...]

Biosecurity Top Risks

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Biosecurity Top Risks

Animal Movement. Transporting, breeding, shows/events, purchases/sales, auctions, illness, health days, shearing. People Movement. Farm visits, veterinary visits, deliveries, pasture/herd management, feeding time. Environment. Feces, body fluids, bedding, feed, water, pasture, birds, insects, rodents.

Cria Kit

Cria Kit

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Cria Kit

Be sure to have a lawn chair, some rope, and a camera on hand. Sit in the chair, tie yourself to the chair so you don't unnecessarily interfere, and take all the pictures you'd like! [...]

Key Sections to a Business Plan

Key Sections to a Business Plan

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Key Sections to a Business Plan

TITLE PAGE Crisp and clean. Includes your logo, title, date, and author of the document. TABLE OF CONTENTS WHAT IS AN ALPACA? Brief summary of what an alpaca is. Most people are unfamiliar with these [...]

Lagniappe From Cushy Alpacas

Livestock Disaster Plan

Farm Disaster Assistance

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Farm Disaster Assistance

You do not have to face a disaster alone. Many members of the alpaca industry have survived disasters and are there to help. They have “weathered the storms” so to speak. Get in touch with [...]

Disaster Recovery

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Disaster Recovery

Disasters, by nature, are catastrophic events that overwhelm the ability of individuals, communities, and regions. During such catastrophic events, many things get damaged including transportation, communications, emotions, and thinking. Animals are like people in that [...]

Evacuation Planning

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Evacuation Planning

If evacuation is the appropriate choice, preparations should be made as far ahead of time as possible. In most cases it will be impossible to make last minute preparations for such things as animal transportation [...]

Staying Put and Sheltering in Place

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Staying Put and Sheltering in Place

If disaster strikes without warning you will need to shelter in place. In other cases you may decide that sheltering in place is the best option. Deciding to stay put and ride out a disaster [...]

Show Supplies

Show Supplies

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Show Supplies

Handlers Show # Holders White/Light Shirt Black/Dark Pants/Jeans Closed-Toe, Closed-Heel Footwear Lodging Papers Show Entry Papers Animal/Permit Papers AOA Show System Handbook Camera Ice Chest/Cooler Vehicle/Trailer Check Oil & Fluid Levels Check Tire Pressure Padlocks [...]

The Alpaca Markets

The Alpaca Markets

July 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on The Alpaca Markets

Market.  An alpaca is a superior investment opportunity with excellent tax write-offs and financial gain compounded through the years. The lovable, curious, and fun disposition of the alpaca provides many hours of enjoyment and entertainment [...]

Transporting Alpacas


December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Self-Transporting

If possible, it's best to transport your own alpacas by themselves. Keep tracking records on all alpacas transported. Know your route and any planned stops. Disinfect the trailer and trailer equipment after each use. Disinfect [...]

Hiring a Transporter

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Hiring a Transporter

There are many reputable alpaca transporters out there, but it never hurts to check them out even if you've used them before. Check out references provided by the transporter. Check the transporter's reputation through other [...]

Transporting Alpacas

December 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Transporting Alpacas

What you decide to use depends on many factors. Funds available, distance to travel, number of alpacas to transport, time limitations, etc. Alpacas tend to cush when the vehicle they're transporting in is in motion [...]