A. Introduction -
Why do people in so many countries call alpacas, The worlds finest livestock investment? B. Who Buys Alpacas? -
Alpaca ranchers come from many walks of life. Increasingly, alpacas are becoming an important source of income for many people. C. Alpaca Supply and Demand -
The market for alpacas has been moderated by the effects of relatively slow herd growth. D. Alpaca Values -
An alpaca rancher with a small herd on a small acreage can expect to harvest his animals' fleeces and sell their offspring profitably. E. Hands-On Alpaca Ownership -
There are essentially two ways to own alpacas. The first approach is to simply purchase the animals and begin raising them. The second approach is to purchase the animals and place them in the care of an established breeder. F. Financial Observations -
The major tax advantages of alpaca ownership include the employment of depreciation, capital gains treatment, and if you are an active hands-on owner, the benefit of off-setting your ordinary income from other sources with expenses from your ranching business. G. Tax Consequences of Owning Alpacas -
Those considering entering the alpaca industry should engage an accountant for advice in setting up your books. H. Methods of Financing Your Alpaca Purchase -
Most alpacas are sold for cash. I. Creating a Herd -
Most alpacas are sold for cash. J. Alpaca Purchase Contracts -
Every purchaser should require a written contract when acquiring an alpaca. About Alpacas -
Since ancient times, the South American Andes Mountains have been the ancestral home to the prized alpaca. Alpaca fleece was cherished by members of the Incan civilization and was referred to as The Fiber of the Gods . Since 1984 herds of alpacas have graced the United States landscape. There are two different alpaca types, the huacaya alpaca (pronounced wa-ki-a) and the suri alpaca. Huacayas and suris differ in their body styles and fiber characteristics. Huacayas have a more compact body style and their fiber is more crimpy and similar to sheep s wool (without lanolin) while suris have a lankier look with longer necks and legs. Suri fiber hangs in locks and is widely known for its high luster or shine. Cross breeding the huacaya and the suri is not encouraged in the industry.
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