Information on Alpacas
If you are unfamiliar with the fabulous alpaca and would like to know more, please click on the following links. Each link will take you to a different website. These websites contain a wealth of information on alpacas:
We are members of the following associations & we encourage you to visit their websites as they contain a wealth of information on all aspects of the alpaca industry.
THE ALPACA BUSINESS PLANNER
This business planning tool was created, by Mike Safley of Northwest Alpacas, to help you through all of the decisions that a prudent person would make prior to committing their hard-earned capital to start an alpaca business. Even though it is written from a USA perspective, most of the information is universally applicable. The exception is tax law, which is slightly different in Canada, in that, the capital cost of animals is only deductible from the money received from the sale of animals and not deductible from other income.
This is a good guide to assist you in developing your own personal business plan as it makes you think about all the key areas of the business. Please feel free to use it to consolidate your goals and objectives.
Organized in 2001 by a group of dedicated Canadian Alpaca Breeders for the promotion of Canadian alpacas worldwide
ALPACA FIBRE INFORMATION
Snowmass Alpacas has put together two documents on alpacas and their fibre. We have read these documents and found them to be extremely interesting and highly informative. If you would like to get a glimpse at where this industry may be headed, we would highly recommend you review these documents.
Click below to download brochures (PDF)
If you are concerned about poisonous plants and the effects they may have on your animals, here is a PDF reference that you may find useful.
This material is for informational purposes only, not as a guide to home treatment. Contact a veterinarian or poison control center in any case of suspected poisoning!
MINIMUM STANDARDS OF CAMELID CARE
The Camelid Community Standards of Care Working Group is proud to present the results of the charge by Lama Community to define Standards of Care for llamas and alpacas – one document stating minimum standards of camelid care for animal welfare officials and another educational document of recommended practices. These two final documents reflect broad-based consensus on both Minimum Standards of Care for Llamas and Alpacas and Recommended Practices in Caring for Llamas and Alpacas.
We have found this magazine to be very informative.
FIBER TESTING LABS
Here are links to USA fibre testing labs where fibre characteristics are measured. Measurement data can be very useful in your alpaca breeding & fibre marketing programs.
This link will take you to a weath of information about our wonderful city, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Contact me if you have any questions!