How to start with alpacas

Starting out with alpacasStarting out with alpacas.

When we first started with alpacas over twenty years ago we were lucky enough to have some experienced breeders farming alpacas locally to where we lived. These people were enthusiastic, reliable, trustworthy and above all, they were planning on being in the alpaca industry for the long term. These breeders shared their knowledge and experience freely and they went out of their way to teach us all we needed to know about selecting our first alpacas and then how to correctly look after them.

We have taken our experiences and added them to our knowledge in order to give our customers the same level of service and enjoyment when they start out with alpacas. Our aim is to help, support and guide our customers so that they have the best chance at achieving their goals.

 Here are some tips to use before you buy:

  • Contact the British Alpaca Society (BAS) and become a member. Ask for some back issues of the industry magazine. www.bas-uk.com or call +44 (0) 247630 4400
  • Arrange to visit as many farms as you can. Don’t be afraid to travel in order to visit farms that you find interesting. Ask to get involved with on farm activities such as husbandry or shearing as you get a real feel for alpaca ownership under these conditions.
  • Handle as many alpacas as you can. The more alpacas you handle and inspect the quicker you will learn and become more comfortable and confident.
  • Read old magazines, books and websites. There is a lot of information available on the internet.
  • Go to alpaca shows where alpacas are being shown and judged. Talk to exhibitors and handle their alpacas and learn.
  • Participate in workshops and courses held by the BAS and us here at Inca Alpaca. Click here too see our next course date.
  • Try to buy from a breeder who is committed to the alpaca industry, is experienced, is investing in the latest genetics with their herd sires and above all is aiming to be in the alpaca industry for the long term. Try not to buy from a local breeder for convenience only.

Courses and workshops

Here at Inca Alpaca we offer a number of courses that are designed for people who are researching alpaca ownership and those that already breed alpacas. The courses that we offer are structured in such a way to maximise the experience of the course attendee and give them as much down to earth information about all aspects of owning alpacas and the worldwide alpaca business. If you cannot fix into one of our courses then we are very happy to schedule a no obligation visit to Inca Alpaca at a time to suit you. As alpaca ownership is new to the UK we take our time in passing on all the information and skills that are required to make your pet or business venture successful.

For our next course dates please click here

Purchasing from us

When you purchase alpacas from us we ensure that our alpacas are:

  • Easy to handle with a good temperament.
  • Correctly conformed.
  • Breeding stock is fertile and comes from a family where the dams give birth easily and lactate well.
  • Females are selectively mated to one of Inca Alpacas elite herd sires using proven scientific breeding methods
  • Breeding stock come with a certificate of Health to insurance standard.
  • Certificate of mating and confirmed pregnancy by ultrasound scan.
  • Full husbandry records.
  • Performance history including fibre histograms and fleece weights.
  • Information on covering sire and progeny/siblings including photographs and performance records.
  • Comprehensive After Sales backup

To see our current range of animals for sale click here

Sales Procedure

After initial contact has been make we encourage the interested party to visit our farm. This will enable us to show how our land has been set up for alpacas. We look at fencing, shelters, barns, pens and feeding. We also move alpacas into holding pens where they can be inspected, evaluated and handled.

We encourage interested people to visit us as many times as they feel necessary before making the commitment to purchase stock. We offer a service free of charge whereby we talk over the goals and business plan of any alpaca enterprise and then we tailor a package of alpacas fit for the purpose. Whether the customer is looking for two pet males or a large breeding herd we offer the same level of advice and service.

Once stock has been selected and a price agreed we draw up a basic sales agreement. Following the selection we instruct our veterinarian (Synergy Farm Health) to visit Inca Alpaca and carry out a full veterinary health check and certificate on all breeding stock that are being purchased. This certificate can then be used by the buyer to insure the alpacas.

When the alpacas have passed the veterinarian inspection we raise an invoice and all documents will be emailed and/or posted to the customer so the sale can proceed. Once payment has been received we will transfer the British Alpaca Society pedigree certificate into the buyers name free of charge.

Collection or delivery is then arranged and the alpacas are transported to the buyers farm when they are fully ready. Tim will usually visit the buyers farm prior to delivery to ensure the farm is fit for purpose and to make sure the buyers are ready to take possession of their new alpacas.

After Sales Service

Once the alpacas have been delivered please expect to hear more from us. The alpaca industry is a very tight knit group of like minded friendly owners and here at Inca Alpaca we take great pride in supporting our customers and helping them with training and advice for years after the deal is done. Due to the development of our black breeding programme many of our customers use our herd sires in their breeding programme so we keep in touch and work together. We also look to our customers to breed high quality black stock and we use their herd sires to breed with our females. We also regularly get together for training, on farm workshops, courses and we see each other at shows.

So what to look for in an alpaca!

Inca FlagshipThe Ideal Alpaca

From the creation of Inca Alpaca the vision of one day being able to breed and sell alpacas that are as close to perfect or ideal has been at the forefront of our mind. This image of the ideal or “Perfect Alpaca” is best described by world renowned alpaca judge and author, Mike Safely of Northwest Alpacas, Oregon USA.

To breed towards the perfect alpaca, we must have a vivid picture of “perfect” in our mind. First and foremost, an alpaca is a production animal. The product it creates is fleece. An alpaca’s ultimate value is directly related to its ability to create fine, dense fleece that is in strong demand by the makers of luxury garments.

It is important to remember that the fleece and bone characteristics, which make an alpaca valuable, are heritable. When the genetic markers for these characteristics become fixed and the alpacas are mated properly these fleece and conformational traits are passed on to their offspring. At the end of the day, the ideal alpaca produces an elite fleece and quality cria with high breeding values.

To read more about the ideal alpaca click here