Alpacas offer a truly exceptional livestock business experience -
one that can actually make money for you.
There are many opportunities for the creative business person with alpacas. Those listed here are just a few - you will no doubt
have your own ideas!
Sale of Alpacas: At this point our industry is focused on the creation
and sale of alpaca breeding stock.
This is due to the young age of the alpaca industry in the U.S. and
eventually we will see a shift toward the creation of fiber products
once we have enough alpacas to satisfy a commercial market.
The price an alpaca sells for depends on its sex and quality. The following price ranges represent current averages for the Southwest
Pet (usually a male): $500-$2000
Jr. Herdsire (unproven male): $2000 - $5000
Proven Herdsire (show quality): $5000 and up
Juvenile Female (unproven): $7000
Proven Female (pregnant): $12,000
Show Quality Female: $15,000 and
Sale of Breedings to Herdsire: Many farms have herdsires for hire. Breeding fees depend on the quality of the male, the
quality of his offspring, and the degree of marketing the farm has done
to promote their male.
Fees range from $500 per breeding on the low end to over
$3000 for a truly exceptional male.
Sale of Fiber and Finished Products: Originally most fiber was sold locally to handcrafters
and most products were imported from Peru for resale but with the continued
development of our industry we are now seeing alpaca fiber cooperatives
springing up and products made in North America are more common.
Prices for raw fiber are based on weight, as follows:
World Market: $5 a pound
Cottage Market (hand crafters):
$20 to $30 a pound
Finished products add value and are priced higher than
Yarn: $30 to $50 per pound depending on quality
Fashions range from $20 to $30 per pair for socks to $200
for a sweater to $400 and up for one of a kind high fashion garments.
Sale of Services: There are many services which alpaca breeders need.
Offering extra services can bring in additional income for your alpaca
business. Do you have experience in any of the following:
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Most breeders take advantage of some or all of these ideas
to maximize their income for a successful alpaca business.