This is a full day that will help you decide if the alpaca business meets your needs and expectations. For many people in the alpaca industry, this is their first attempt at raising livestock, starting their own business, or doing something that is really "out of the box". It is a financial and time commitment that needs careful consideration and lots of information in order to make educated decisions. We will spend a day looking into the alpaca business... from financial aspects to taking care of alpacas on a daily basis. When you are finished with this workshop, you should have a good idea if this is something you can pursue.
Sunday: Overview of the alpaca business, facility and equipment recommendations, financial considerations, tax advantages, evaluating fiber and conformation, and business opportunities within the alpaca industry. Our workshop area allows for comfortable small group discussions for the morning session. The afternoon will be spent in the barn evaluating alpacas. One of the most important decisions you can make in getting off to a good start is the selection of your foundation herd. This part of the day will focus on what to look for in a quality alpaca.
We understand the apprehension and concerns that face many new
prospective owners and take care to represent the industry, ownership
responsibilities, and alpaca "realities" in a straightforward manner. We
love the business and want others to have the same positive experience
we have enjoyed.
DATE: TBD: Call to inquire about a Fall date.
COST: $45/person. Two people from one farm (or future farm!) can attend $80
INCLUDED: Lunch, workshop notebook, refreshments
Registration is limited to insure individual attention. Contact us for registration details.