Welcome to our farm!
After over 8 years our herd has grown to over 50 alpacas and we are predominately grey and black. We have learned how to create better alpacas with good breeding decisions and have a herd we are proud of. We participate in alpaca show events and get confirmation through our many ribbons. We love to share what we learn with other owners, ranch visitors and “to be” alpaca owners. The alpaca industry is young and it is exciting to be a part of it and see its growth.
Breeding for Grey & Black
JOBE Ranch, home of Missouri Alpacas, began as a “thought” in 2003; What can we do with our acreage that will provide a tax benefit as well as a future income? We were currently both working full time at our computer/internet business and were reaching our 15 year anniversary there. It was time to start thinking about transitioning from that hectic lifestyle to something more relaxing. The plan had to include something that would also provide for our retirement in the years to come.
One day Joe said, “what about alpacas?” I didn’t even know what an alpaca was – does this sound familiar? With that one question we began our “journey of discoveries”. We went to an alpaca show and sat in all the seminars that were offered. We setup appointments to visit a few alpaca ranches around our area. We even flew out to Oregon to attending a breeding seminar. At each step of the journey we would ask, “do we still want to pursue this?” Our answered continued to be “YES”.
By mid 2004 we were ready to commit. The barn was being built on a small section of acreage and we started to put up our fencing. With the barn almost complete we started looking for our alpacas. Looking from ranch to ranch we noticed there were not many grey alpacas and decided to make this our niche.Starting with a few breeding females and a grey herd sire we began Missouri Alpacas.
There was a lot to learn, but the alpaca community is terrific and help is all around. We continued to ask questions, collected and read material, and attended more seminars. Nothing however beats the hands on experience you get with working your herd. From birthing to shearing to feeding and clean up we learned what we needed and found raising alpacas to be a complete joy! With no animal husbandry background we were able to adjust.
The alpaca produces over 22 natural colors of fiber which is lightweight and ideal for making quality garments. They can be raised on small acreage and their size and temperament make them an ideal choice for families or individuals looking to find an alternative lifestyle to the normal daily grind.
We would like to introduce you to our lifestyle of raising alpacas. Feel free to contact us with questions or to arrange for a ranch visit. You’ll never forget your first alpaca encounter!
Our full herd is available for viewing at MissouriAlpacas.com