If you are looking for alpacas in New York state, Ruebarb Alpacas has to be high on your list. This family farm is owned and operated by LaRue and Barbara Austin in Allegany County in western New York state, and they have Huacaya alpacas for sale from some of the best bloodlines in North America.
Farming alpacas can provide an ideal lifestyle for anyone, young or just young at heart, if they love the country life and want to live and work with these beautiful creatures.
Alpacas have been treasured in South America for over 6,000 years, but only came to the US in the 1980s. Since that time they have grown to the point where we now have a national herd of over 150,000 animals, and it increases every year.
So what is it that makes breeding alpacas such a great business?
For anyone seeking to live the country lifestyle, with all that implies, alpacas can provide an income from the sales of both breeding stock and their fiber. The fleece can be sold right off the alpaca's back after the annual shearing, or it can be made up into yarn, with the value-added by the primary processing.
Or you can go even further and have your fleece processed into products to sell from your farm. Many small farms have opened a shop in their barn, or even in a spare room, and sell products made from their own alpacas, and supplement that with items bought wholesale from either the alpaca fiber cooperative (AFCNA - Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America) or one of the wholesalers who import directly from Peru.
As well as selling breeding stock and alpaca fleece products, there are many extra activities that can bring in additional income. For example:
With all of these options, and more, available, alpaca farming can provide a great, relaxed country lifestyle, allowing you to enjoy the old-fashioned qualities that still exist in rural communities, while making a living from home.
Start your alpaca adventure with a visit to Ruebarb Alpacas, situated in Allegany county - we are proud to offer some of the best alpacas in New York state.
As well as Allegany county, we provide services to Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Steuben, Chemung, Wyoming, Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Yates, Schuyler, Tompkins, Tioga, Cortland, Cayuga, Onondaga, and the Central Leatherstocking and Thousand Lakes regions.