Friday, June 28, 2013

When Should You Be Ready To Sell Your Alpacas?


We had a farm visit the other day that brought up a great question.  In fact, I had never even thought about this question.  While talking about their future plans as new alpaca owners, they asked “when is it time to sell?”.  Of course if you ever want a fiber or pet quality owner of alpacas, then you want to keep your new family members as long as possible. However, if you are looking at alpacas as a business I would say even before you have your alpacas you should start to think about selling them. 




Advice given to us as we were picking up our first group of alpacas was to never fall in love with these animals. I am glad to say I did not follow this advice but I do understand where the Seller was coming from.  I love each and every one of my alpacas and feel I know them personally. However, in order to pay my mortgage I do need to sell them.  We do our best to ensure that they always go to great homes. We meet with the new owners, go over health needs, and what their farm plans include, such as fencing and shelter. Of course alpacas are not cheap and many also want to invest in their new herd for the best care possible.

I have heard that some farms want to herd build before they start to sell.  This is great but if you have a prospective buyer, sell, sell, sell!  Buyers are always much harder to come by then alpacas.  Even if you do not sell for a profit and just break even on the deal, you are now a partner with that farm and can replace the alpaca with another animal.  This is essential in your business building and networking.  If you are looking at this as a business treat it as a business. This does not mean do not care for and love your animals. Enjoy them. But if you have the opportunity, build your business.
  
Market, promote, and always sell your business.  I have read the average time it takes a person to purchase alpacas is 2 years from the first time they hear of this fabulous animal. So start the clock as soon as possible! Do not wait or deter someone just because you love the look of that one, are hoping for a particular baby, or what not. Price the animal fairly and work on selling to a new client.  If you are unwilling or unable to sell, there is always someone else that they will fall in love with (because they certainly will be looking around at other farms)  and you will lose more than just one sale.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Alpaca Statistics - How Many Alpacas Are There and Where?

How many alpacas are really out there.  According to my findings, there are approximately 6 million alpacas in Peru today.  Below is some info about the rest of the world.   Here are a few alpaca stats:




REGISTERED ALPACA WORLDWIDE
Country
Suri
Huacaya
All Alpaca
 
AFGHANISTAN
0
1
1
 
ANGOLA
0
1
1
 
ARGENTINA
1
0
1
 
AUSTRALIA
77
30
107
 
BOLIVIA
8
33
41
 
CANADA
371
12,065
12,436
 
CHILE
2
96
98
 
GERMANY
0
2
2
 
JAPAN
0
13
13
 
NEW ZEALAND
19
16
35
 
PERU
5
6
11
 
UKRAINE
0
1
1
 
UNITED STATES
32,726
143,501
176,227
 
UNKNOWN
226
1,852
2,078
 
Total Registered Alpacas Worldwide
33,435
157,617
191,052











REGISTERED ALPACA US
State
Suri
Huacaya
All Alpaca
 
ALABAMA
202
991
1,193
 
ALASKA
20
457
477
 
ARIZONA
515
2,810
3,325
 
ARKANSAS
68
561
629
 
ARMED FORCES EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, & CANADA
4
1
5
 
ARMED FORCES PACIFIC
0
15
15
 
CALIFORNIA
2,520
11,318
13,838
 
COLORADO
2,370
12,527
14,897
 
CONNECTICUT
153
1,766
1,919
 
DELAWARE
130
305
435
 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
0
9
9
 
FLORIDA
1,277
2,765
4,042
 
GEORGIA
563
2,016
2,579
 
HAWAII
5
266
271
 
IDAHO
482
5,021
5,503
 
ILLINOIS
1,264
3,333
4,597
 
INDIANA
1,077
3,947
5,024
 
IOWA
282
1,970
2,252
 
KANSAS
317
2,346
2,663
 
KENTUCKY
490
2,420
2,910
 
LOUISIANA
79
323
402
 
MAINE
317
2,594
2,911
 
MARYLAND
2,328
3,166
5,494
 
MASSACHUSETTS
124
2,759
2,883
 
MICHIGAN
2,482
5,703
8,185
 
MINNESOTA
906
2,320
3,226
 
MISSISSIPPI
109
337
446
 
MISSOURI
907
3,144
4,051
 
MONTANA
284
1,244
1,528
 
NEBRASKA
450
745
1,195
 
NEVADA
183
1,127
1,310
 
NEW HAMPSHIRE
266
2,207
2,473
 
NEW JERSEY
822
4,212
5,034
 
NEW MEXICO
244
2,116
2,360
 
NEW YORK
874
10,941
11,815
 
NORTH CAROLINA
523
3,033
3,556
 
NORTH DAKOTA
1
112
113
 
OHIO
5,793
21,774
27,567
 
OKLAHOMA
337
1,625
1,962
 
OREGON
3,751
12,496
16,247
 
PENNSYLVANIA
2,179
10,728
12,907
 
PUERTO RICO
0
1
1
 
RHODE ISLAND
39
580
619
 
SOUTH CAROLINA
393
1,216
1,609
 
SOUTH DAKOTA
2
299
301
 
TENNESSEE
680
2,889
3,569
 
TEXAS
780
5,678
6,458
 
UTAH
594
1,241
1,835
 
VERMONT
120
2,898
3,018
 
VIRGINIA
698
7,995
8,693
 
WASHINGTON
4,244
14,801
19,045
 
WEST VIRGINIA
428
1,357
1,785
 
WISCONSIN
2,421
5,145
7,566
 
WYOMING
380
1,101
1,481
 
UNKNOWN
112
1,457
1,569
 




PRIMARY COLOR DISTRIBUTION
Color
Number of Alpacas
Percentage
 
White
49,060
25.7
 
Medium Brown
19,350
10.1
 
Medium Fawn
19,338
10.1
 
True Black
18,782
9.8
 
Light Fawn
17,821
9.3
 
Dark Brown
12,059
6.3
 
Beige
11,161
5.8
 
Dark Fawn
10,386
5.4
 
Bay Black
8,278
4.3
 
Light Brown
8,238
4.3
 
Medium Silver Grey
4,735
2.5
 
Medium Rose Grey
3,550
1.9
 
Dark Silver Grey
2,515
1.3
 
Dark Rose Grey
1,909
1
 
Light Silver Grey
1,894
1
 
Light Rose Grey
1,805
0.9
 
Unknown
171
0.1
 


*Information obtained from the Alpaca Registry, Inc.