HOW TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS
The most important word when selecting Alpacas to set up you own business is QUALITY.
We can offer advice on how to start your own alpaca business with all the pitfalls to avoid.
Lucky Tails Alpacas was started after I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. During my treatment I was taken as a treat on an alpaca walk.......I was smitten!
I found alpacas to be intriguing animals. They are intelligent, enquiring and sensitive. They quickly respond to gentle handling and they are calming to be around. Alpacas are one of nature’s stress busters and I was determined to have some of my own. Being ill had made me realise lifes to short to wait.
Like many other newcomers we struggled to know how to start or where to buy alpacas from. We didn't know what to look for or what to avoid. In the early days we did make some mistakes. We now offer free start up advise to any newcomers so that they can make informed choice.
We started with a limited budget and just 6 months after THAT walk we had bought 5 acres of land. Next came our chosen alpacas and Lucky Tails Farm had become a reality !!!
We have never once looked back. Our alpacas have a range of personalities. Some are boisterous and playful, some determined and proud, while others are passive and shy. They are curious about what’s going on around them,
bond with other herd members and, most importantly, are great fun to be around.
Be warned, owning alpacas considerably reduces your productivity. We spend hours watching them, strolling amongst them and being entertained by their antics. They will become a huge part of your life – and your life will be richer as a result.
We decided to establish a breeding herd - there is something magical about seeing a new born alpaca take its first steps in life - but many people choose to keep gelded (castrated) males for their fibre and natural beauty. Or guard animals to protect a chicken or sheep flock. We can help you discover the right herd for you.
There are many registered breeders, like us, across the uk, but there are considerably more private owners with small herds. The national herd stands at over 50,000 animals. Although increasing in numbers, alpacas are still fairly thin on the ground, so prices for good breeding females remain quite high. Pet males are considerably more affordable. At the top end of the market, world-class animals are sought out by a few discerning breeders and quality rather than quantity is the key.
That being said, there are alpacas to suit every budget and whatever your plans, you will get enormous satisfaction from keeping them.
Today alpacas are owned by breeders, fibre producers, farmers seeking agricultural diversification, smallholders looking for a sustainable lifestyle business, country landowners who want to grace their pastures with something beautiful - and people who just adore alpacas.
Let us inspire you to live life to the full......