The following are
links to some of our favorite alpaca websites-
particularly for someone considering alpaca investment.
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organization of alpaca breeders is AOBA
or the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association. Their
website has a wealth of information for prospective
breeders including a short history of alpacas, their
investment qualities, capital requirements, hands-on
ownership vs. agistment (boarding), a calender of
upcoming events among many other topics. You'll also find
a national breeder directory- very valuable if you intend
to visit a variety of breeders to help make the decision
to invest or not.
The New England regional
affiliate of AOBA is NEAOBA
Here you'll find information specific to the New
England region such as a regional breeders directory, a
list (many with pictures!) of alpacas for sale by NEAOBA
members and many more useful links.
When we began the research process, we found the
websites of many indivdual breeders extremely useful. For
those of you in the New England area, the following are
links to several farms we respect as quality breeders and
who have been invaluable to us:
Mirage Alpacas doesn't
currently have a website, but Audrey and Bill Rhoades are
quality people who bring the benefit of over 30 years of
prior livestock experience (sheep) to the alpaca
industry. Their perspective is quite different than most
breeders due to this background- and their honesty and
willingness to help is refreshing. They can be reached
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce and Lori Henry of Wilpaca
Farm were also instrumental in our learning process.
Located in Wilton, New Hampshire, they are a smaller
breeder with excellence at heart. Their website is also
highly informative and well worth a visit.
Farm Alpacas in southern Maine is another fine
breeder with a wonderful mix of Australian, Bolivian,
Chilean and Peruvian alpacas. Among many useful pages is
an in-depth look at how they came to make alpacas a way
Last (but by no means least), is
Skyeview Alpacas in Elkins
New Hampshire. Sue & Jim King were also extremely
helpful to us. Sue is a spinner and weaver and is a
valuable source of information regarding alpaca fiber.
They can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com