Farming alpacas

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Ranching alpacas

Anyone know anything about it?
 
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lisab
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Wouldn't you ranch alpacas, not farm them?

Also, is ranch a verb?
 
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Wouldn't you ranch alpacas, not farm them?
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Ranching is a form of farming.

Alpacas were popular around here for a time. The only comment that I recall hearing about it is that the market is highly volatile. I know that perhaps ten years ago, some people lost their shirts by buying at the peak of the market. I don't know what has happened since then, but I have seen a few alpacas again lately.
 
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I know they smell really bad and like to spit. Thats all I know.
 
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I know they smell really bad and like to spit. Thats all I know.

I thought that was lamas...alpacas are supposed to be sweet-tempered. Also, alpacas don't have lanolin, so they don't smell as bad as lamas.
 
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They make nice sweaters.
 
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I've heard they cost around $10k per pair. Not for me.
 
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Anyone know anything about it?

Actually, there are a few alpaca farms in my area. Apparently they handle cold really well. They eat relatively little (low cost upkeep), and aren't vulnerable to as many infections as sheep.

http://www.sfalpacas.com/

Oh, and for some reason, they don't smell from about 10 feet away, but once you close that gap.... yikes!
 
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Ranching is a form of farming.

Alpacas were popular around here for a time. The only comment that I recall hearing about it is that the market is highly volatile. I know that perhaps ten years ago, some people lost their shirts by buying at the peak of the market. I don't know what has happened since then, but I have seen a few alpacas again lately.

the trick is to get in early

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There are a few farms by me. I have a friend who helps on one farm and she once told me the owner had sold an alpaca for 20k!! A prize alpaca can go for 80k!!
 
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Lol, the URL of that pic has this in it: "your-doom-shall-be-warm-and-soft"
 
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I thought that was lamas...

Tip from Ogden Nash:

The one-l lama, he's a priest.
The two-l llama, he's a beast.

:wink:
 
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Tip from Ogden Nash:

The one-l lama, he's a priest.
The two-l llama, he's a beast.

:wink:

Except in the case of the Fernando.

You look marvelous!
 
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