— The Openherd Team

Prairie Moon Alpacas

It's All About The Fiber

Anne & Richard Phillips
9317 Buckhorn RoadMasonville, CO 80538

About Us

Who We Are-Our Farm

Richard and Anne bought their first Alpaca in 2007 and we were off and running.  Anne is the fiber enthusiast and Richard is the animal specialist. Since neither of us had a background in livestock prior to our first Alpaca purchase, we had a lot to learn and were on an accelerated time table.  The ride from 2007 through today has been one of the most exciting, scary and fulfilling expeditions of our lives.  Let us tell you why.

Alpaca are fiber animals and are produced for their elite luxurious fiber. Alpaca are small hardy livestock and adaptable to a variety of environments and living conditions. Did we mention they capture your heart? Please contact us with questions about any aspect of our business. We’re always happy to hear from fellow Alpaca breeders.

We're located at:
9317 Buckhorn Road, Masonville, Colorado 80538 

Phone: (970) 613-1977


How many Alpaca in the forefront do you see?  - Two or Three??
Count the ears.

Four years ago when we purchased our first Alpacas we knew almost nothing about these magical animals.  We did not have a livestock or farming background – we were city people with two house cats that set the pace of our relationships for animal friends.   We visited Alpaca shows and farms and talked to many folks along the way that graciously shared what they knew about Alpaca and how they ran their farms/ranches (what we call ourselves is a whole different story).  Along the way we learned about the nature, value of and how to care for these unique lovely creatures.  

A few thoughts to leave you with:

There are many ways to live with Alpaca and enjoy these magical animals.  They make good companions, yard art, pets, stud farm, fiber production animals, and the most complex and highest risk – a breeding operation.  Each has its own merits depending on your goals and each is a viable Alpaca experience.  

Alpaca can live in most environments and in many different situations.   We suggest that you visit many different farms in locations around your area and ask questions about how breeders decided what was best for their situation.

The most valuable asset we had in the early stages of our Alpaca adventure was support from folks who sold us our first Alpacas.  We relied on these generous folks to make suggestions for farm set up, breeding decisions, buying decisions, who sells hay, who are the best vets close by, where do you find livestock guard dogs, where do you place gates, who can shear your Alpaca, how to show animals and fleeces, what to do with the fiber  - - - the list is endless.  The simple fact is that Alpacas are still a relatively new animal to livestock folks, vets, research groups, and feed companies.  Life is easier if you have someone to ask all of those silly questions; the right support can make the difference between a stressful and a calm experience; failure and success.  We have been there and are committed to making your experience in doing business with us one that you look back on and believe was one of the best Alpaca decisions you made.

Alpaca are fiber animals – this means that the fiber is the end product of a successful sustainable Alpaca operation.  The US Alpaca industry is still building marketing and production bases to promote and supply Alpaca fiber to the fashion industry – be ready it is coming.  The decision to purchase our first Alpaca was based on the unique qualities of the fiber.  Alpaca is an elite luxury fiber because it is fine, long and strong.  Nothing feels like Alpaca.  We wanted to be part of the excitement.  Princess Diana is not the only one who should have an Alpaca jacket or sweater in her closet.

The goal of breeders should be to improve the breeding seed stock of the US herd as well as for their own herd.  Fiber, conformation, bloodlines and strong healthy animals should be balanced and continually improved.  We know from 4,000 year old mummies excavated in Peru that Alpaca today are nowhere  near as conformationally correct and fine fibered as they were thousands of years ago when domesticated by the Peruvian herdsmen.  With careful oversight, our Alpaca of tomorrow can be just as fine and impressive as they were under the care of the Inca.

We can help advise you on animal purchases, breeding selections, boarding, handling, and support. We will finance the purchase and help you learn how to care for these magical creatures. 

This goes on all day - Lobo hot on the trail of Ace.