For more information, contact:
Barbara & Warren Nuessle
Bay Springs Farm Alpacas, LLC
542 New England Rd.
Cape May, NJ 08204
Alpacas as an Investment
It is no secret that many people have been attracted to alpacas because
of the value of the fleece and the promising investment potential due to the
high market demand and low supply of alpacas. There are only about 80,000 alpacas
in the United States. Because of their limited numbers, the value of alpacas
is not likely to decline in the near future. Since a female alpaca averages
only one cria (baby) per year, the population growth of alpacas is constrained
by basic biology. In addition, the registration of alpacas is now closed to
imports so that domestic breeders are protected from large numbers of imported
alpacas coming in from other countries and flooding the market.
Alpacas can be expensive, particularly those champion herdsires
who command huge prices at auction. However, there are a wide range
of options in the alpaca market. For those who are not interested
in breeding and want to obtain a few pet quality animals for fleece
or companions, the cost is quite reasonable.
Before purchasing an alpaca, make sure it is registered through
the Alpaca Registry. Registration of all alpacas is very important.
Alpacas are blood typed to insure the accuracy of breeding records,
to provide absolute identification and documentation of bloodlines,
and to protect ownership.