Alpaca Farm in Nevada- Brokering, Boarding

Alpaca breeding, brokering, and boarding –  for profit and pleasure:

Alpaca farm, alpaca livestock supplies Alpacas produce fabulous fiber which is warmer, softer, and stronger than wool, you can call it “best-for-you” as it is organically grown in the USA. Alpaca fiber comes in many natural colors and is hypoallergenic. Additionally the fiber is fire resistant!  Magical creatures with distinct personalities, alpacas are full of curiosity and endearing traits, therefore they are  livestock with pet qualities. Is an alpaca farm in your future? Does the country lifestyle interest you? You will find alpacas offer tremendous financial potential. You can admire your alpaca investment while you watch it grow….naturally.

Established in 1998 in California, the Alpaca Mining Company is now an alpaca farm in Nevada. This is a full time business. We specialize as alpaca brokers and in alpaca boarding. We have acquired an extensive amount of knowledge and experience with most aspects of the alpaca industry over the years.
Alpacas still like to surprise us from time to time! We are learning from each other.

Alpaca Mining Company offers these services:

 Alpaca Brokering Service

Sands, by using her high end sales and marketing experience, rapidly became one of the top names in the alpaca brokering business.
We have sold and facilitated sales of alpacas into almost every state in the country.

Alpaca Boarding

Alpaca boarding is a corner stone of the Alpaca Mining Company business. Boarding is often called agisting or agistment.  Many people boarding with us are passive owners taking advantage of our brokering service, and of course, our 24/7 presence. Also, ask your accountant about livestock tax advantages .
We are lucky to live in one of the most productive agricultural valleys in Nevada. As a result, access to feed and top notch veterinary care is always available.

Alpaca Sales

We  help our clients sell many hundreds of alpacas. We are very experienced, as a result, with the process of certificate transfers, state requirements for vet health checks,  and transportation issues.
Ask us if you are looking for an alpaca with particular characteristics. We might be able to help. If you are looking for alpacas for sale in Nevada, give us a call. We have some here, and we know almost every other alpaca farm around.

Advice

We get asked all kinds of questions, so we have started an alpaca FAQ page and a section on the alpaca farm equipment we found most suitable.

Free Fun

 Take a look at Sands’ blog from time to time, there you will find  some entertaining stories of the alpaca lifestyle. Just wait, this blog will turn into a novel!
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Mining for Alpacas in the High Desert –
Yerington, NV

Alpaca Farm Equipment and Supplies

Alpaca Supplies that Work for Us

Raising alpacas or any other farm animal sure takes a lot of stuff. Keeping your herd healthy and happy takes work. Having the proper alpaca farm equipment, tools, and supplies makes the work easier and makes for a happy alpaca owner.

Here I’m going to review what equipment and supplies that we at AMC have settled on after years of trial and error.

Let’s start with water buckets for alpacas

This is the most important alpaca farm item to get first!

Having a steady and reliable supply of water is critical. Here is what we do; for any pasture with five or more alpacas, get a 100 gallon stock waterer with a drain plug. At only 25 inches high, all but baby alpacas can reach to the bottom. On one hot summer day, a herd of 40 or so can drain one of these dry.  Water buckets get pretty nasty if they are not cleaned out regularly, the drain plug  The most important piece of alpaca farm equipment, 100 gallon water troughmakes that job easier.

==>See Water Tank Here

These water tanks come in 50gal, 70gal, 100gal, and 150gal sizes. For a field with 2 or 3 alpacas,  a 50 gallon tank is fine. There are a lot of larger sizes but moving, emptying, or cleaning them is too difficult. Some large waterers do make for good hay feeders though.

 

For winter, the drain hole will accept heater keeps water drinkablea heating element.

==>Look at the Heater Here

Here is the best garden hose we have ever used

Many alpaca ranches have a hose bibb in every  pasture. That is ideal! However, we have to use hoses to water our 11 different pens. Over the years we have Alpaca farm supplies, a durable, smooth hosepurchased many different brands of garden hose. One brand stands out, Gilmour.Most of our Gilmour hoses were purchased 15 years ago or so and are starting to show their age. But 15+ years of daily use; amazing!The large 3/4 inch hose has great flow even when two 100 footers are hooked together.    ==>Click Here to See Hose

 

 

We also have an emergency water supply

Are we paranoid or what? I call it ‘peace of mind’. The power here isn’t the most a pool makes a great emergency water supply, vital alpaca farm equipmentreliable. No power: no well water. What I set up looks just like a swimming pool.

==>Click Here to See Water Supply

Sands calls it a swimming pool, so I play along. I consider it a vital piece of alpaca farm equipment!

To make my emergency water supply useful I use a submersible pump that has a fitting for a garden hose. This came in handy one time when the well pump failed and it took a few days to get a add to your alpaca farm supplies, fill water buckets from the pool with this pumpnew one See, paranoia pays off…

==>Click Here to See Pump

Ah, but what happens when the power goes out? For that we have a generator. Actually a generator is also good when an outlet is not nearby or easily accessible. This is the what we have, except ours has bigger wheels:  This generator is big enough to run almost anything household related, including the well pump with some wiring modifications. The generator is always standing by on shearing days. That would be a very bad time to lose power!

generate emergency power on the alpaca farm==>Click Here to See Generator

How about alpaca farm security?

Ranch layout is an important consideration. For instance here we have no gates from any pen or pasture that opens to an unfenced area. Every gate opens to another fenced area and exterior gates from theses areas are locked. We can see all of the exterior gates and most of the interior spaces with this… alpaca farm security cameraThis camera does it all; up, down, left, right. zoom in or out and with night vision. Very nice! You can control all of this from your mobile device from anywhere or just use your home computer.  If you have blind spots, you can add more of these cameras and choose the camera view with the phone app.

==> Click to Check-Out Camera

Now the important stuff; poop scooping!

This is the alpaca farm equipment you’ll need second!

I know a LOT about this…

To keep the alpacas healthy and happy daily manure removal is a must. If you are running them on very large acreage this could be impractical. To break  parasite life cycles and to keep flies down, regular poop scooping is necessary.  Here are my tools of the trade. The wheelbarrow; you will find the two wheels are a huge help on hilly or uneven ground. A big bucket minimizes trips back and forth.Vital piece of alpaca farm equipment, alpaca poop wheelbarrow

==> Click Here For Wheelbarrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpaca poop scooper To get the “goods” into the wheelbarrow I use this.This shovel hold a lot more than a regular  shovel but not so much you can’t lift it.

==>Click Here to See Big Shovel

 

 

 

To help load up the shovel I use this small rake for alpaca poop pick uplittle shrub rake:

==> Click to See Shrub Rake

 

rake for alpaca poop

 

 

Do you want to be known as someone who has their poop together? Then this is the rake you need:

==>Click to See Great Poop Consolidator!

 

 

You now have the basic equipment needed for your alpaca poop removal and exercise program.

As I say “business is picking up”…

To Be Continued…..

 

 

 

Alpacas For Sale in Nevada and California

 

All alpacas for sale by one owner are available as an alpaca Hyppolytapackage or for sale individually 

HUACAYA ALPACA PACKAGES:
FEMALE PACKAGES (some include males)
Pkg A – 2 Proven Dams, 1 Maiden with  Dam/Granddam Bonus! – $2,000
Hyppolyta Open ARI#31358484 Black  “Lyta,” the dam, was named after an Amazon queen when she was born 4/08 and is a black beauty, bold, straight with perfect carriage and is the result of a breeding of Kara of Redwood Ridge  to Prince Charming ARI #842410. He is beige with very dense fleece.
Mariposa10/14/12 She birthed a female cria, Mariposa (Not yet registered).   Light Golden Rose  Grey  She is as cute as can be. The female Lyta birthed  is out of Claim Jumper, an AMC herdsire. (Alpacas for sale in California)
Mariposa as mentioned in paragraph above.  Photo taken 1/25/2015

 

CalypsoCalypso De Soragon Open ARI #1209570 White and Black Pinto Huacaya alpaca with Blue Eyes DOB: 5/5/05 Sire: Canzelle’s Chaka Dam: Luna of Redwood Ridge A very sweet female, but when she is pregnant she becomes rather shy. Her blanket is all black with a nice feel as she inherited the fineness of her dam. (Alpaca is for sale in California)

 

KaraKara of Redwood Ridge OPEN ARI #833988Offered here as a companion animal and part of the package with her daughter, “Lyta,” Lyta and Kara are practically inseparable, as evidenced in this photo, and she is included as a fiber/companion female with no fertility guarantee. (Alpacas for sale in California)

 

InaraPkg. B – 1 Maiden Fawn Females & 1 Proven Dam – $1,250
Inara Open ARI #31779791 Light Fawn Huacaya Female DOB 7/8/09 Sire: El Magnifico Dam: Beatrice This young female has always been beautiful and full of fleece, beginning on day one. Her color is magnificent and she has great bone and is very robust. As Paul would say “just a big, happy kid.” (Alpacas for sale in California) (Ask for individual price)

 

BeatriceBeatrice de Soragon Open ARI #1401349 Light Brown Huacaya Female DOB: 9/10/04  Beatrice is a bold, large female like her dam, Kara, and her sire MFI Peruvian Valiant and both of her offspring have been good sized. She is a bit of a ham when it comes to a camera! She and El Magnifico are on a roll, and we would suggest another repeat of this breeding. (Alpacas for sale in California)

 

ShebaVF Queen of Sheba Open  True Black Huacaya  Female
$2000.
DOB  9/17/10  Dam: 6P Jasmine  Sire: A&A;s Bermuda Blue    If you are looking for black, then Sheba and her male might be just the ticket.
   Sheba gave birth to:
SherpaSherpa $1500 (out of Shaq Attack, a true black) on 10/2/14,   making him the youngest on the ranch.  Sheba  was absolutely a wonderful first time Mom and we think she has very good future potential.
Sherpa is a scamp, as “the baby” in any group tends to be!   He is often the firs alpaca I see in the morning and he is one to bring a smile to your face.
(Alpacas for sale in Nevada)
Aura
Female Alpaca, huacaya

$750.

(Alpaca is for sale in Nevada)

Aura

Glacial Warming

White female alpaca, huacaya

$750.

(Alpaca for sale in Nevada)

MacatooMacatoo

Female alpaca- huacaya

$750. (Alpaca for sale in Nevada)

 

 

 

 

Jiggs

 

Jiggs

Female huacaya alpaca

$750.

(Location, AMC, NV)

 

 

Jambo Deja Blue of AMC Open Classic Grey/silver Huacaya Female  DOB 11/17/05
$1500.
Sire:  A&As Bermuda Blue   Dam: SummerDawn
Jambo .has been at least partially responsible for many of the greys on this ranch.   She is such a terrific mom and you can depend upon her day in and day out.   Bermuda Blue has gorgeous color to project as well.    You’ll be happy with this experienced female.and the color she can add to your herd. (Alpaca for sale in Nevada)

Gingersnap  Maiden Fawn Huacaya Female Alpaca

$500.
DOB 8/26/12   Sire:  AMC Lucky Baldwin
Dam:  AMC New Year’s Kiss
Never been bred, but with Lucky Baldwin’s genes (Peruvian Titan bloodlines), good potential.   Her front legs still kickout a bit more than we would like to see for a showring, but she has good genes, a beautiful head and is a nice girl. (Alpaca for sale in Nevada)
Blue Agave  Maiden   White  Huacaya Female
$500.
DOB 5/5/13  Sire:  Galal   Dam: Glacial Warming
Born on Cinco de Mayo, this little cocktail has great bloodlines and is quite a personality pistol…she is very friendly.   Dense fleece, great head and conformation.  She is quite possessive of your attention and the camera  Hard to get a photo of her at any distance. (Alpacas for sale in Nevada)

 

MALES – PACKAGES & INDIVIDUALS

Quil is in the back

NWA Candar’s Quil Unproven Male Not Registered but Registerable White DOB 8/07/09 Sire: Peruvian Canadar ARI#182577 Dam: HCA Vanessa ARI#842285 (PPeruvian Vengador bloodlines) Quil is a robust male whose grandsire is the famous Peruvian Hemingway. He is intact and as such has a dominant personality with the other males. He touts wonderfully dense fleece.
Ten Ten                                                                                                  White Sands
$1800
(Alpacas for sale in Nevada)
Iron Jack
$500.
(Alpacas for sale in Nevada)                                                  Ison

Pkg B – 2 Gelded Brothers – White $500
Bobby McGee White Gelded Male DOB: 8/15/09 Sire: Stampede Dam: Bling Born and raise at AMC, this fiberful, crimpy and dense young male will produce bountiful fleece for all your projects. The seller is Susan Richard, Sands’ daughter. If it is fiber you are interested in.(Location: AMC, Nevada)

 

Pkg C – Two Colorful Fiber Males REDUCED: $400
Fearghus De Sorona Dark Fawn Intact Male ARI #31064965 DOB 6/08/07   Sire: Goliath’s Top Gun Dam: Beatrice de Soragon Another good sized young male with nice conformation, good density, and a very nice handle and softness to his fleece. (Alpaca for sale in California)

 

Jasper  White Male DOB 7/24/09 Sire: Stampede Dam: Calypso de Soragon Perfect for rounding out a color palate in this fiber group….his fleece will take to dye very easily! Nice straight male who will produce plentiful fiber for you. (Alpaca for sale in California)

 

**Special Offer:

“A Guide to Alpaca Ownership�” as ruminated by Sands Bellizzi, is available to you free of charge. This is not a scientific manual, only practical, generalized information, including “short answers to big questions about alpacas, their history, husbandry and other frequently asked questions.” Email us by clicking here: alpaca@alpacamine.com and we will send you your copy as an email attachment. New: If you are interesting in passive ownership and herd management, please request our new Herd Management Program which we can also email to you.
NOTE: We strive to provide a wide variety of alpacas from which to choose…all at good value for the quality provided and can almost always arrange financing and discounts on multiple purchases. If there is a special alpaca you are looking for, let us help you find it. We feel it is our obligation to present any reasonable offer on the alpacas we represent to the sellers. Please feel free to contact us with your specific needs or questions. We are always here to assist you, pre and post purchase. Ranch visits encouraged and questions and offers welcomed!
Email: alpaca@alpacamine.com Call 775-316-0548

 

STAKE YOUR ALPACA CLAIMS HERE!
Git yerself a grubstake and fill your pan with Alpaca Gold….. Click on the thumbnail next to the alpaca’s name to see their photo (coming soon) on the larger “Wanted” poster. Both Suri and Huacaya alpacas for sale are available. Check back often as we are a bonanza ranch and find new and beautiful “nuggets” frequently….
Alpacas- Organically Grown and Made in the USA
 Please notice the various locations of these alpacas… maybe some are even closer than AMC, Nevada! There are specialized transporters who cater to delivering alpacas around the states. Prices listed are open to offers, so please don’t hesitate to inquire about any alpacas you find which catch your eye!

 

 

Alpacas: Frequently Asked Questions–FAQ

What is an Alpaca?

Did you know that alpacas are one of the earliest domesticated livestock animals in the world? Alpacas have been bred and raised for their fine fleece for over 6000 years. Ancient people created alpacas more than 1000 years before the pyramids of Egypt were built!

Alpacas,  llamas, vicuñas,  guanacos, and camels are all related through common ancestors. The whole group are known as camelids. Thousands of years ago Indians in South America created alpacas by the careful selective breeding of the wild ancestors of alpacas; the vicuña. There is some speculation that alpacas were developed by breeding vicuñas with some unknown extinct  camelid.

The term ‘wool’ in the U.S. pertains to sheep only, so the alpaca industry calls the alpaca production ‘fleece’ or ‘fiber’. What makes the alpaca fleece special is that it is very fine and soft, hypoallergenic, water resistant, and flame resistant. All of this plus they come in colors of white, black, gray, brown, and every shade in between.

All of these qualities have made alpacas not only very special animals, but also a vitally  important part of several South American economies for over 6000 years.

 

What do alpacas eat?

Alpacas are vegetarians. They are ruminants and have three stomachs, or more accurately,  a three compartment stomach. Alpacas are also known as a modified ruminants due to having three compartments, not the usual four.

Ruminants like the alpaca can digest the cellulose in plants. Most other animals cannot digest cellulose. The stomachs of ruminants are fermenters containing special microorganisms. These microorganisms do the work of breaking down the plant material. Ruminants chew their food over and over and mechanically break down the food so the microorganisms can do their job better.   For most of us it’s grass in– grass out…

Alpacas thrive on grasses like orchard grass, timothy, teff,  bermuda grass, and many others.  In the high Andes mountains, where alpacas come from, there is a native rangeland grass called ichu. Ichu is not very high in nutritional qualities. Alpacas have adapted to this grass by developing a very efficient digestive system. Alpacas are said to be 30% more efficient than sheep in digesting grass.

Another question might be “what should an alpaca eat?” because they’ll eat pretty darn near anything green. That’s not always a good thing. Don’t let them loose in your garden!

Most alpacas think alfalfa is the best stuff ever. However most people think that alfalfa is too high in protein and will make an alpaca fat and the fleece coarser. This is true, sort of. Sometimes an alpaca has a problem with digestion because of illness or age. Alfalfa is perfect for this. If the grass they are being fed is of poor quality, adding alfalfa is great.

Another thing; lawn grass like fescue and rye should not be fed to alpacas. The reason is that fescues contain what is called ‘endophytes‘ inside the plant. Endophytes are an internal fungus that helps the grass fight off plant diseases. Great for the grass; bad for your alpacas!

Rye grass can be attacked by a fungus called ‘ergot‘.  This fungus contains the basic ingredient to make LSD.  Nothing good is going to come from that!

Strains of fescue and rye have been created to minimize the fungus problem. So if you must feed these grasses, make sure to use improved and resistant varieties.

All animals need salt. Most livestock can use a salt block, but alpacas don’t do well with them. They prefer loose salt. We get ours from Stillwater Minerals. Stillwater makes a mineral/ salt mix that is supplemented with vitamins. You should keep in mind that most soils that grass hay is grown on gradually get depleted of fertility, so you must make up for what is missing.

What we do is feed a variety of grass hays from different places and also supplement when and where needed.

 

How long do alpacas live?

The most common answer is 15 to 20 years. A lot depends on where the alpacas live, and under what conditions. For instance, in South America the half of the alpaca babies die before their 1st year. Alpacas who’s fleece isn’t good enough tend to get eaten.

Here in the U.S. the alpacas stand a good chance of living a long life. We have good food, excellent veterinary care, and (usually) fairly mild conditions.

Ian Nelson imported the first alpacas into New Zealand. His alpacas were from a London zoo. Among this first group was a female that was born in the zoo and nicknamed “Vomiting Violet” for her habit of spitting. Vomiting Violet lived to the age of 28, making her the longest lived alpaca I can find with a known birth date.

We have had quite a few alpacas live into their early 20’s here at AMC. Actually we have a couple of them here right now (2017).