I am an impulse buyer and luckily so is my partner. So, when he found an advert for a herd of alpacas online within a week, we had met the herd, fallen in love and paid the deposit. A more common way to get into alpaca breeding is to buy 3 or four female alpacas and grow a herd from there. Not us, we started with 17, 8 boys and 9 girls. Neither of us had ever owned livestock and it was a rather steep learning curve.