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Investing in Alpacas
ancient Incas knew the value of their alpacas. Their lives revolved
around these gentle animals which figured prominently in their
religious ceremonies. Inca royalty clothed themselves in garments made
from alpaca. Because of their hardy nature, alpacas flourished on the
sparse vegetation of the high mountains of Peru and the number of
animals owned indicated the wealth and status of the owner.
determine your goals for alpaca ownership. Would you like to own an
inexpensive pair of gelding males for fiber production or as pets for
you and your family? Are you going to be a full-time or part-time
breeder? Do you wish to have hands on ownership or investment only?
Will you invest in alpacas for current financial returns or are you
going to build a herd toward the day you retire?
Hands On Ownership
You can enjoy a serene rural lifestyle tending your herd on your own acreage while generating tax deferred wealth for the future. Alpaca ownership qualifies for wonderful tax benefits. Click on Tax Benefits to learn more.
Maybe you are not a farmer at heart but recognize the solid investment that alpacas represent. If so, you may opt for an arms-length investment in this emerging livestock industry by purchasing animals and boarding them (agisting) where someone else provides the care. Your investment is compounding at an amazing rate and the cost of board is tax deductible for income tax purposes.
The Best of Both Worlds
If, like most people, you fall in love with the animals, and want to spend time around them but their daily care requirements are not suited to your lifestyle, that's also possible. You can own alpacas and visit regularly while boarding them. This is called agistment. You are still building tax-deferred wealth and can claim the costs associated with your investment against your income. There are many ways to win from alpaca ownership.
compounding is a very simple concept. Female alpacas produce one
offspring about every 11 to 12 months. The ratio of male to female is
about 50/50. Your female crias will be ready to breed between 14 to 18
months of age. Every time a female cria comes to breeding age you are
adding one more source of new animals to your herd. This is alpaca
compounding. The larger the herd, the faster it grows.
Fiber - Income which just keeps growing and growing
production is the economic underpinning of the alpaca industry for the
future. Alpaca fleece has all the right qualities to be one of the
finest fibers in the world but is still quite rare. For every 32 pounds
of sheep's wool, less than one ounce of alpaca fiber is produced.
How Do I Get Started?
first thing to decide on is your purpose for raising alpacas. Are you
interested in having a few animals to produce fiber for your personal
use? Would you like to breed alpacas to coincide with your current
lifestyle? Are you thinking about beginning a herd now to provide for
AOBA (Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association) Link
link on Investment Potential, Alpaca Facts, Lifestyle & How To
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Hodgdon, ME 04730
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