Basic Alpaca Seminar


Intrigued with the idea of raising alpacas, but need to know more about what's involved? This is the class you've been looking for! 


Questions--Ever wonder what it would be like to raise alpacas? What kind of care do they require? How much land do they need? What if you've never raised livestock before? Can you mThreeAlpacas.jpgake a living from breeding alpacas? Can alpacas be just a hobby? What do you do with their fiber? What's required to be successful in the alpaca business?


Answers--Find out the answers to these and many more questions at Alpacas@Altitude, an alpaca primer that is held several times throughout the year here at Snow Diamond Alpacas in Bend, Oregon. Covering the basics of owning, breeding and caring for alpacas, this class will help you decide whether alpacas are right for you. After this class, you will be armed with basic (and some not-so-basic) information that will give you confidence in taking the next step, if you decide to go for it. 


Topics--A few of the topics that will be covered are:  care and feeding of alpacas, how to set breeding goals, alpaca reproduction and fiber evaluation and uses. The business module will deal with goals and objectives, the business plan, marketing, income streams and potential tax benefits of raising alpacas. A more detailed class outline is available upon request.


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Tone--The class is positive, because we are high on alpacas, but we do not sugar-coat the facts. You will find out about the good, the bad and the ugly, because we want you to go into alpaca ownership with your eyes wide open. We're betting you'll like what you see!


Format--The course outline will guide our discussion, and an open format will let questions determine where the most time is spent. The class is held in our alpaca barn in heated space. You will put your hands on the alpacas, and you'll evaluate the alpacas and their fleeces. Wear farm shoes!


Manual--Each participant will receive a binder that includes a narrative on each topic. In fact, there is more information in the manual than we can cover in the day-and-a-half class. This content-rich manual will provide more reading after you leave the class, and can also serve as a handy reference guide for those who decide to take the plunge.

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Details--The hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday and 8:00 am - Noon-ish on Sunday. Advance registration for the class is required. We need to know that you will be attending so that we can keep the class size small. That allows you to receive individual attention and have ample opportunity to ask all of your questions. We will provide a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday.


Registration--To register for the class, obtain dates and/or request other information, please email us or call 970-331-9775.