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Do You Want to do This?

Answering this question will take research, research, research! 


Research through the internet, books, videos, magazines, catalogs, farm visits, etc.  Talk with your accountant, attorney, banker, and county extension agent.


           Recommended Internet Sites:

 

                   AOBA (Alpaca Owners and 
                   Breeders Association, Inc.)

www.AlpacaInfo.com

 

                   ARI (Alpaca Registry, Inc.)

www.AlpacaRegistry.net

 

                   AN (AlpacaNation)

                  
AOBA Affiliate Web Sites

                   www.AlpacaInfo.com/Affiliates.asp

                   Farm and Ranch Web Sites

 
          Recommended Books:

               *   Must Haves
              **   Great References

 

                        Alpaca Field Manual, 3rd Edition,
                           C. Norman Evans, DVM, $85

 

The Camelid Companion Handling and
  Training Your Alpacas and Llamas,
   Marty McGee Bennett, $45

          

** Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care,
   Karen I. Timm, DVM, PhD;
   Bradford B. Smith, DVM, PhD;
   Patrick O. Long, DVM, $28

 

** Medicine and Surgery of South
    Murray E. Fowler, DVM, $120
    American Camelids, 2nd Edition,

 

** The Reproductive Process of South
    P. Walter Bravo, DVM, $60
    American Camelids,

 

** Poison Plant Field Guide from County
   Extension Agent’s Office


Alpacas as a Business, Eileen L. Davis, $20

Alpaca Business Plan, Eileen L. Davis, $12

Building Small Barns, Sheds and Shelters,
Monte Burch, $17

Totara Grove Alpaca Shearing Guide,
Russell and Marian Gert, $10

 

Recommended Videos:

 

          ANY and ALL by Marty McGee Bennett

 

          John Mallon Videos

 

Recommended Magazines:

 

          Alpacas Magazine, distributed by
          AOBA, $50/year

 

          American Livestock Magazine, $24/year

 

          Camelid Quarterly, $45/year

 

Recommended Catalogs:

 

          Useful Lama Items
          www.Useful-Items.com

 

          Quality Llama Products, Inc.
          www.LlamaProducts.com

          Tractor Supply Co.
          www.TractorSupply.com

 

          Jeffers Livestock
          www.JeffersLivestock.com

          Valley Vet
          www.ValleyVet.com

 

Visit as many farms/ranches of current breeders as you can.  Different sizes and locations if possible.  Ask questions about barn and pasture layouts, fencing, alpacas.  Ask owners about their business philosophy regarding nutrition, herd management, breeding, fiber, the alpaca markets, customer care.  Find out what services they offer (sales of animals/fleece, education, customer care, breeding, agisting, etc.).

 

Get hands on experience with alpacas through farm visits, shows, health days, auctions, etc.

 

Attend seminars, clinics, shows, and auctions and drink in the education!


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