www.AlpacaInfo.com/Affiliates.asp Farm and Ranch Web Sites
* 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
** 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
ANY and ALL by Marty McGee Bennett
John Mallon Videos
Alpacas Magazine, distributed by
American Livestock Magazine, $24/year
Camelid Quarterly, $45/year
Useful Lama Items
Quality Llama Products, Inc.
Tractor Supply Co.
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!