Keepsake Farm Alpacas

Keepsake Alpacas are Keepers

Investment Opportunities

"Getting Started"

Some people choose to breed and invest in alpacas as a lifestyle, some for the tax advantages. We have chosen to raise and breed alpacas to enjoy the gentle breed of livestock, the comfortable and tranquil lifestyle and their annual fiber harvest.  There are many different ways of investing. A few are:

  • Raise and breed for fiber and product
  • Raise and breed quality alpacas to show and sell
  • Purchase an alpaca and board the alpaca at a farm
  • Purchase or Lease a Herdsire for Stud Service
  • Purchase shares or partial ownership in one or more alpacas
  • Lease a female for ownership of “Cria”
  • Lease to learn and have hands-on experience
  • Adopt to learn and work with one alpaca on a limited basis

For information regarding any of the above please feel free to contact us, we will be happy to discuss these options in more detail.

Alpacas are hardy little animals requiring little effort; they are odor free and earth friendly. They are herd animals so it is best to start with 2 or 3.  Look for good temperaments, good conformation, proper bites for proper health. to give you some basic ideas. A quality breeding female typically range in cost from $4-5,000 and up, the males can vary also in price. Companion/fiber boys that are neutered are very reasonable. Junior herd sires are normally less expensive than a proven stud. Alpaca breeding stock can be depreciated over 5-7 years. You can invest passively such as purchasing shares or partial ownership such as ½ interest of an alpaca. Another passive investment could be purchasing one alpaca where you would board it but reap the rewards of selling the offspring from a female or offering stud service on a male. It is not uncommon for a good stud to earn $1,000 to $3,000 per breeding. For several reasons, we currently limit our Herdsires to ten outside breedings.

Care expenses will include feed, vet care, annual shearing costs, travel expenses for farm visits and alpaca shows, marketing costs, breeding fees, farm equipment, land, fencing, structures such as shelters or barns, water wells, autos, trailers, etc. Another big benefit can be if you are actively involved in the management of the herd. Section 179 of the IRS Code is helpful in learning about the tax benefits and the ability to write-off any of the expenses. Should you desire to become involved in the alpaca world, we suggest you consult with a tax advisor who is familiar with successful alpaca business ventures.

Updated October 22, 2014