Ann Arbor Alpacas History
In 1997 Kara and I started an Alpaca farm here in Michigan called Ann Arbor Alpacas. It was a fun and rewarding experience for all of us as our family grew.
For those who don’t know, an Alpaca is a gentle South American camelid and is similar to Llama, but about half the size. Their fleece is warmer than wool, yet lighter and less bulky. Additionally, it has a natural luster that makes it look like silk. Alpaca fiber is also hypoallergenic, making it a good choice for people with allergies to wool.
At our high point, our farm had 50 Alpacas, 2 llamas, 20 chickens, and 2 goats (and of course kids and cats and dogs). Although we all had a great time, once the kids grew up moved out, Kara and I were started thinking about moving. So we started selling off the animals, stopped our breeding program, and closed up the business in 2017.
Alpacas as a business
I would highly encourage any and all who want to raise these wonderful creatures to go ahead and jump into it. Sure there’s going to be a bit of spit now and then, but sitting in fields full of these relaxing creatures is the most relaxing thing I can think of.