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124013.  Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:34 pm Reply with quote

Apparently Alpacas, specifically their fur and the industry of which they would be part of, are a growing industry.

This lofty claim is easily supported by recent history and realistic projections into the future:

1) There is a growing demand for alpaca fiber in textile and fashion centers throughout the world and a drastically limited supply of these animals outside their native South American homelands. Peru, Bolivia, and Chile have stringent export restrictions on further transport of their national treasures in order to avoid depletion of their own heads.

Given the slow reproductive rite of alpacas and the superb quality of their fiber, consumers will continue to want more fleece than alpaca farmers can produce, thus creating a market where prices paid for alpacas and alpaca fiber will remain high.

2) Exciting and proven tax savings are another integral part of the investment value inherent in alpaca ownership. While these apply only to breeding animals and the infrastructure needed to maintain them, over 25 established avenues for tax savings are available to you as an investor in alpacas. They include:

a) Depreciation on purchased breeding alpacas, structures, machinery, equipment, and other items whose useful life extends to more than one year.

b) Complete write-off on many maintenance expenses, such as feed, veterinary fees, electricity for the barn, etc.

c) Deferral on capital gains through utilization of the compounding plan which shelters profits until the alpaca is actually sold.

As in any business venture, you are urged to consult with a qualified accountant before beginning your alpaca business. Alpaca.comô L.L.C. can also assist you in your research in this area.

Having said all that, a simple truth remains: "A dollar legitimately saved from taxation is a dollar earned."

3) Compared to other livestock, alpacas are inexpensive to own. Aside from the initial purchase of your animals (which can be depreciated over five years), the maintenance costs for these hardy and healthy little animals are minimal. They are "earth friendly" and coexist in nature in a positive and productive manner. A little hay, grain, and clean water; a bit of room to move around with other members of their herd; safe fencing and shelter; and as much love as you want to give them. These are the best requirements you need to provide for your alpacas. You will quickly discover that they give much more than they take.

4) Flexible ownership strategies are also available to you. Proven plans for "hands-on care" and/or boarding your animals (agistment) can be obtained from Alpaca.comô L.L.C. and several authoritative books dealing with different methods of alpaca farming. While specific tax guidelines vary with the type of plan you choose, the investment value remains very high.

5) A fully operational alpaca farm can be started for an initial set-up cost as low as $40,000. This includes a few breeding-age alpacas and the infrastructure necessary to maintain them. This figure does not take your land and your own housing costs into consideration, but still, a financial expenditure that is attractively affordable when compared to the startup costs associated with most other home businesses or franchises.

6) Alpaca farmers who have been in business for four years or more routinely report returns on their capital expenditure which range between 25 to 60 percent. Many variables can influence your actual profits, but as an alpaca owner, you are investing your assets in a vehicle with a proven record for profitability and which promises to become even more financially rewarding in the future.

7) Demand for alpaca fiber continues to grow dramatically. You will harvest your fleece each year and have the option of selling it yourself or consigning it to the alpaca fiber coop. The latter offers you an easy and guaranteed outlet for your fiber and promotes a greater awareness of and demand for alpaca fiber in the fashion world.

8) Unlike most other home business inventories, your alpacas are fully insurable. Your modest premium costs will protect you from catastrophic loss of animals and capital in much the same way the FDIC covers your savings at the bank. Only your investment returns should be much higher with alpacas, however.

9) But the positive reasons for investing in alpacas would be incomplete without one more category simply called intangibles. As you have already seen, the following values are measurable and factual:

Initial costs for startup of your alpaca business:

Number of legitimate tax deductions you will enjoy:
over 25

Productive life of a healthy alpaca:
13 to 17 years

Potential return on your capital investment:
over 60 percent

But the value of your own personal sense of peace, pride, enjoyment, and freedom, which is created by owning and being in the company of these wonderful animals...

And yes, my friend is trying to get his mother to allow him to purchase and own a llama

Though they are both in the same four species of animals known as the South American Camelids, there are many differences between alpacas and llamas.

Distant cousins, they differ in size, shape and use. Llamas are typically twice the size of alpacas, have banana-shaped ears and are used as pack animals. Alpacas are bred solely for their fleece, and are not used to carry heavy objecs. Also, they have no top teeth in the front.

Over the years, llamas have been bred for use as pack animals and alpacas have been bred for their fiber; the differences still hold true today.

124019.  Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:46 pm Reply with quote


124022.  Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:49 pm Reply with quote

Oh dear lord! How could I have forgotten the Llama song? Preposterous that I did. Thanks for adding it Grizzly.

124024.  Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:53 pm Reply with quote

More videos of llamas, which aren't alpacas......Must get on Topic...!

132997.  Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:26 am Reply with quote

I live a stone's throw from the Ashdown Forest Llama Park. Fascinating place if, like me, you find our fellow creatures interesting. They have more than 100 llamas and alpacas ... as well as the closely related vicuna and guanaco, which I must confess I had not heard of until my visit there last summer.

265618.  Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:33 pm Reply with quote

I must say they are rather intimidating animals when they want to be.
I attended an agricultural college and one day when 'mucking out' their stables, I was quickly surrounded by 4 grumpy spitting alpacas!

Glad to hear that it is slowly becoming a growing industry, they have such a beautiful coat.

390574.  Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:26 am Reply with quote

llamas are quite possible my favourite animal.

I'd like to own one, but I don't think it is reasonable, what I would love though is to own and alpaca. I already know how to knit and crochet so then I would just have to learn how to spin my own yarn - how exciting.

390770.  Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:02 pm Reply with quote

We have a llama farm down our road. In a Maine accent the words llama farmer, pronounced llamah fahmah, are quite comical.

391167.  Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:52 am Reply with quote

One of my friends used to go out with a girl who was called Na'ama. She was oftened referred to as Llama Farmer.

413354.  Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:44 am Reply with quote

Alpacas (& for that matter Llamas) suffer from Bovine TB; as they evolved in an environment that had no TB until after 1462, they appear to have an extremely limited immune response to the infection

695905.  Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:51 am Reply with quote

Alpacs are better than llamas. Yeah, let's revive this awesome thread about the best animal there is.

865829.  Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:42 pm Reply with quote

Is a baby alpaca called an alpacino?

866059.  Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:59 pm Reply with quote



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