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div>p class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">span class="Normal-C3">strong>Exploring The Optionsbr />br />/strong>/span>This "getting started" guide has been written for those interested in investigating alpaca ownership, and need some tips on things to consider./span>/p>p class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">It is not intended to be comprehensive or definitive. Please keep in mind that this advice is based on our opinions and experiences. This is just one approach - there are probably as many different opinions about getting started in alpacas as there are alpacas in the US!/span>/p>p class="Normal-P0">strong style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">span class="Normal-C5">Planning - Planning - Planning!/span>/strong>/p>/div>div id="txt_1" style="text-align: left;">p class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">span class="Normal-C5">First and foremost, potential owners should determine if the investment in both time and money is something they are willing and able to commit to./span> /span>/p>p class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Alpaca ownership is a wonderful and moving experience, and breeding alpacas has the potential to be very rewarding. It must said however, raising livestock is simply not for everyone, and despite the enthusiasm over alpacas, the alpaca business is not a get rich quick scheme. Like all investments, you must be aware of the potential risk of loss. Many questions should be considered, and a careful plan set up before moving ahead./span>/p>table style="height: 154px; width: 200px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" border="0" frame="box" align="right">tbody>tr align="center" valign="middle">td style="text-align: right;" scope="row" align="center" valign="middle">p style="text-align: center;">span style="font-size: x-small;">img style="display: block; vertical-align: text-bottom; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="listing - /uploads_alpacas/x10615_11052_teaghue-aileen.jpg" src="http://beta.alpacanation.com/images/uploads_alpacas/x10615_11052_teaghue-aileen.jpg" alt="listing - /uploads_alpacas/x10615_11052_teaghue-aileen.jpg" width="100" height="154" />span style="text-align: center;">As with any business, it takes hard work and commitment to be successful. The/span>span class="Normal-C5" style="text-align: center;"> joy that comes from working with /span>span class="Normal-C5" style="text-align: center;">such wonderful animals makes that work seem effortles/span>span class="Normal-C6" style="text-align: center;">s/span>span class="Normal-C5" style="text-align: center;">./span>/span>/p>/td>/tr>/tbody>/table>p class="Normal-P0">span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">br />As an income generating business (part or full time)Next, decide which of the many different reasons for owning alpacas fits into your level of commitment./span>/p>ul>li class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">As a hobby (i.e. - training and showing/span>/li>li class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Desire for a lifestyle change/span>/li>li class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">As companion animals/span>/li>li class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Fleece for spinning or processing into yarn/span>/li>li class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">On or off farm ownership (also referred to as agisting or boarding at a host farm)/span>/li>li class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Diversifying current livestock operations/span>/li>li class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Tax Benefits/span>/li>li class="Normal-P0">span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Or, maybe you just find them irresistible/span>/li>/ul>p>span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Whether you are thinking of starting a breeding business, looking for an investment, or you just want some alpacas in your pasture, you should start with a simple outline of where you are, where you would like to be, and when you want to get there. Once you determine what you want, develop steps and goals to keep yourself moving forward. Every experienced business person knows, you will never be sorry you invested your time and efforts in establishing a solid plan./span>/p>/div>