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Always-Chillin Alpacas

Always-Chillin in the Northwoods

Karin & Steve Reinert

When I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer four years ago and knew I would lose my career as I fought to get into remission; I prayed for guidance on what to do with the rest of my life. That night and subsequent nights, I dreamed of alpacas. I didn't even know what an alpaca was. So while I was going through 3 years of high dose chemo, we visited farms to learn about these beautiful creatures and see where these crazy dreams took us. Every time a road block presented itself as to why having an alpaca farm would not work; I would have the dream again and the road block would be removed. We lived on heavy wooded land, no fencing, no farm structures, little knowledge of alpacas, little money and an incurable cancer diagnosis.

But, I got into remission and so I agreed to buy two male crias. While we waited for them to be weaned at 6-months; we cleared land, put up fences, and structures and got to know the previous farm owners. When it was time to pick up our boys that November, we agreed to take their moms and entered into an agreement to purchase the rest of their herd of ten and take possession over the next year. We had our work cut out for us. We all made it through that first winter and got the farm ready for the rest of the herd. Today we have 19 alpacas, 10 males and 9 females and we continue to move forward in faith!

Its a faith thing!

We have 19 Alpacas at our new ranch. Our 2 breeding males are sons of Champion Lancaster's Highland Chieftain, an alpaca that once sold for $100k. We have 7 proven females who all are attentive and caring mom's. We had 5 crias in 2017 and 3 crias in 2018, all grandchildren of Chieftain.