Edward R. McCaslin D.V.M.
Ruthanne L. McCaslin D.V.M.
Promised Land Alpacas
11345 Thwing Road
Chardon, Ohio 44024
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“the world’s best huggable investment”
What is an Alpaca?
baby alpaca, called a cria
pausing to catch an itch
on the back of her leg
Alpacas are sweet, gentle, curious,
intelligent, quiet, clean and earth-friendly animals. They are easy to care for, fun
and profitable. Alpacas come in two varieties distinguished by their fleece type: the
fluffy, teddybear Huacaya (wa-kai’-a) and the dread-locked Suri (think “surrey with the
fringe on top”). We raise only Huacayas because we prefer their cuteness, hardiness,
ease of care and their distinctive personality.
Alpacas are small and gentle. They don’t have hooves, horns, fangs, or anything
to hurt you with - in fact they don’t even have upper teeth in the front - so
they are very safe and easy to handle. This makes them a good choice for families
with small children. In fact, alpacas really seem to enjoy the little ones.
Alpacas are fun to raise, easy to care for, fun to show - especially when you
win!! - and enjoyable to be around. In fact it has been shown that just watching
them will lower your blood pressure. The babies, called crias, will steal your
heart instantly. The older ones will give you “kisses”. Their soft, velvety nose
gently touches yours in the traditional alpaca greeting custom. Their quiet “humming”
sounds will intrigue and enchant you. And when you touch their luxuriant, silky
fleeces you won’t believe your fingers.
Alpacas are the easiest livestock to care for. Their luxurious fleece requires
little or no grooming, especially the Huacayas (Suris are a bit more work). Because
our pastures tend to be a lot less rocky than their native Peru, they need an
occasional toe-nail trim (much like a dog, but with only two toes on each foot).
Alpacas are easy and inexpensive to feed, eating mostly pasture grass and hay with
a little grain supplement thrown in for nutritional balance. Ten to twelve alpacas
eat as much as one horse and ten to twelve alpacas produce less manure than one horse.
They all defecate in one area which, because it is in dry, pellet-like form, makes for
easy cleanup with a shovel and rake. Who could ask for more? How about
having their babies in
Once a year in the spring we shear them, making them more comfortable for the hot summer
weather ahead and yielding lots of soft, warm, silky fleece to be sold to local
handspinners and crafters or to be made into luxurious sweaters, scarves, hats,
Last, but not least, our alpacas have been a wonderful investment for us. As they
say, “results may vary”, but everyone we know who has done their homework, purchased
high quality breeding stock and made careful breeding decisions, is very
pleased with the financial return. Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it can grow in
your back pasture!
Alpaca farming is the only form of livestock farming where you
can make a good living without having to kill anything. Alpacas are a good way to
diversify your investment portfolio with assets that don’t lose their value when
the stock market drops. In addition, the many agricultural tax advantages have
been a real blessing to our family. All that and they give us a great “excuse” to
live in the country, get lots of fresh air and exercise, and experience the beauty
and wonder of God’s creation on a daily basis. Alpacas truly are “the world’s best
Let’s do it!
Sound too good to be true? That’s what we thought when we first heard about alpacas.
There had to be a catch. So we did our homework. We read. We visited farms. We went
to seminars. We talked to people. We checked things out, investigated, and learned a
lot. What did we find out? They are even better than we had thought at first. And
we found that alpaca people are some of the nicest, friendliest, most helpful and
delightful people we have ever met.
If you are interested in getting started with alpacas or just want to learn more
about these fascinating creatures or see them up close and touch their silky fleece,
we would be delighted to help you and to share with you the knowledge and experience
we have accumulated over the years and to share the sheer joy and pleasure that
alpacas have brought into our lives.
Ways we can help you: