The most usual way to start owning alpacas is to buy 3 or four females and grow a herd from there. We decided to go a different route and started with 17, 8 boys and 9 girls. Neither of us had ever owned livestock and it was a rather steep learning curve. Now, a few years down the line, we love sharing our friendly, fluff balls with visitors and helping others start their alpaca journey. People have celebrated birthdays and anniversaries with us and we have enjoyed virtual farm visits over Zoom with over 1000 children during the various COVID19 lockdowns. We look forward to seeing you soon.