How we got started
One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, "Why Alpacas?" Several years ago, Michael and I both worked in corporate jobs but were somewhat dissatisfied with our rushed lifestyle. Michael had lived in our-turn-of-the-century-farmhouse since 1983 and had always been interested in raising some type of livestock to re-establish the property as a working farm. We had heard that llamas were fairly low maintenance livestock and decided to look into raising them. This is when we learned more about alpacas. As a long time knitter, alpacas held particular interest to me for their value as fiber producers. We met our first alpaca in 1995 and became totally enamored. Knowing that this venture would be an investment, we created a financial plan while we began our in-depth research. We went to every local event that advertised alpacas, visited farms, surfed the Internet, and read books. In the fall of 1997 we attended a local event attempting to gather more information and see more animals. Our plan had been to keep researching and purchase the following year, after our barns and fencing were ready. Instead, we fell head over heals for two breeding-age females at the event and purchased them that weekend. Fortunately, we were sending them to another farm to be bred so we had a bit more time to finish getting their new home ready! We brought our girls home at the start of the New Year.
Alpacas are still fairly rare animals. As breeders, we believe it is our duty to constantly strive to improve the breed. There is no such thing as a perfect alpaca, but we still strive for the best we can breed. When a female is ready to breed, we try to choose a male that will improve on her shortcomings while at least maintaining her strengths. Of course you can't always predict a genetic outcome without the resources of a science lab, but we do feel that this philosophy has helped us produce strong, healthy and well-conformed crias with nice fleeces. All of our alpacas are registered with the Alpaca Registry, Inc. Similar to most breed registries, the ARI keeps track of alpaca bloodlines to insure the pedigree of our animals. Registered animals must be DNA tested to prove parentage and therefore have a documented lineage as far back as their ancestor's importation. At North Brook Farm, we believe this documentation is important because it proves the genetic history of each animal and can help us avoid bad breeding decisions. Our animals are sold with full health disclosures. Animals sold as breeding stock come with our full breeding guarantee. We believe in supporting our customers, especially those who are just getting started in the business, but also those who are already established. We want you to be completely satisfied with the animals you purchase from us and the experience you encounter at our farm. We also believe in supporting other small farms. We hope that you like our animals, but if we don't have what you are looking for, we will work within our small farm network to help you find the animal that is right for you.
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