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Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery

ALPACAS! Our full time venture!

Russell Ratti & Karen Ball
26 Bench RoadWhitehall, MT 59759
RANCH 530 559-7223
SPINNERY 530 305-2159

Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery

Warm & Fuzzy

In 2005, Karen Ball was a single mom who was eager to teach her children the importance of responsibility. A former equestrian jumper, Ball thought animal husbandry would be a good experience for her kids. After extensive research, they bought five female alpacas and brought them home to their Montana ranch.

“I fell in love with alpacas, especially the babies,” said Ball. “There’s something magical about them — they’re very calming. If you sit still, they’ll come over out of curiosity. I’d ra... Full article >