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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.



We are an alpaca farm with 150 quirky alpacas, 10 enthusiastic employees and thousands of amazing alpaca products. After 15 years of experience, we offer hand crafted alpaca products from local knitters, crocheters and weavers - including hats, scarves, blankets as well as high-tech alpaca socks and fabrics. We also sell composted alpaca manure as a rich fertilizer. Alpacas of Montana is a fully vertically integrated alpaca farm and we love designing high quality alpaca products.






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.



We are an alpaca farm with 150 quirky alpacas, 10 enthusiastic employees and thousands of amazing alpaca products. After 15 years of experience, we offer hand crafted alpaca products from local knitters, crocheters and weavers - including hats, scarves, blankets as well as high-tech alpaca socks and fabrics. We also sell composted alpaca manure as a rich fertilizer. Alpacas of Montana is a fully vertically integrated alpaca farm and we love designing high quality alpaca products.