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Alpaca Farm Cost

The cost to setup and maintain an Alpaca Farm to produce Alpaca Fleece products.

Alpaca Farming is one of the most popular types of farming in America today and more and more farmers are diverting from the conventional cow, or sheep, farms to Alpaca farming. This article will provide guidelines what the requirements are for Alpaca farming and the costs that come with it.

About AlpacasAlpacas are originally from South America and belong to the camel family. Alpacas look very similar to Lamas and most people think that Lamas and Alpacas are cousins. Alpacas are mostly bred for their fiber which can be used to make blankets, sweaters, hats, scarves and much more. In South America the Alpaca fiber is very popular for this usage and this trend is now moving towards America and the rest of the world. This increasing popularity makes Alpaca farming an excellent business idea for anyone who wants to start farming.

What you need for Alpaca FarmingBefore you start your own Alpaca Farm you should learn more about the requirements that are necessary for Alpaca farming.

The tips below will help you to see if Alpaca farming is something for you.

• The best thing that you can do is to visit a working Alpaca farm nearby to explore the needs of Alpaca farming and to get to know more about the animals themselves.

• Find out if there are any license restrictions to start farming Alpacas. You can ask the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service for more details on this subject.

• Make sure that the property that you are planning to use is securely zoned off for live stock and consult the zoning authorities first before you buy any animals.

• Make yourself aware of the veterinary rules and regulations for transport of Alpacas.

• Check for transportation rules and regulations before you buy any animals.

• Be aware that it takes more than one person to farm Alpacas and make sure that you have the manpower in place before the animals arrive on your farm. You can start of with family members and friends in the beginning and if the business is running well you can hire fixed employees.

• Find out everything you can about the investment needed and possible profits of Alpaca farming and make a proper plan to fund your Alpaca farm.

The Setup Cost of an Alpaca FarmThe amount of animals to start your Alpaca farm with is depending on the available funds that you have raised. Be aware that you have to calculate veterinary coasts and transport costs on top of the Alpacas that you are buying!

The average cost of an Alpaca can vary from $100 for a sterile male to $35,000 for the finer breed Alpacas. Feeding and maintenance will cost around $300 for each Alpaca. All together the total investment behind each animal will be approximately $15,000. This is a huge investment and you should consider taking insurance for your business.

The Alpacas also need shelter to protect them against the weather and you can calculate the square footage of this shelter by using the formula that 8 Alpacas need approximately 10 x 20 feet of space. This investment has to be in your funding plan before you have bought any animals.

Maintenance of AlpacasEvery Alpaca will consume around 60lb of grass per month. Alpacas prefer tender grass and plants than thick plants or grass. Alpacas need proper vitamin and mineral supplements in their food. Be aware that some kinds of grass are toxic to Alpacas. Examples of toxic grasses are Bracken Fern, Oleander and Firewood. There is also special formulated food available for Alpacas which can be purchased from the market. Alpacas need to be sheared once a year. Alpacas are clean animals and have a common dumping ground. An important task as an Alpaca farmer is to keep this dumping ground clean to keep it a disease free and hygienic environment for the Alpacas.

The Income of an Alpaca FarmerWhen you have established your alpaca Farm you are eligible for tax advantages. The maintenance of your Alpaca Farm will give you the benefit of deductible tax expenses. These benefits will save you a lot of money. Exact figures cannot be specified because this will depend on the scale of your farm and the costs that you make. Given the current demand for Alpaca Fleece, it is expected that your business will start to become profitable soon.

All together Alpaca Farming is a good option for a new business in a fast growing market. Besides this Alpacas are cute and cuddly animals that will bring joy to your daily work on the Alpaca Farm.

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