In 2005, Gerald saw a television ad about alpaca farming. He became very interested and started researching and making plans to start an alpaca farm. We visited several alpaca farms and attended several "Alpaca 101" seminars. The plan was to start our farm small and simple, so we purchased two females. We boarded them at the selling farm for a year while we got our farm ready. They both gave birth while being boarded so we already had four when we brought them home in January, 2007.
We both liked the idea of the alpaca lifestyle, the potential for financial rewards, the ease of caring for the animals, and that it could be done as a family. Our children were going to be a part of this new adventure. They are gentle, adorable animals that can be easily trained to lead, and gentle enough to be handled safely by children. We also liked the idea that no harm would come to the animal.