The Growth of Purple Alpaca & Purchase of AlpacaBarns

When we initially set to start our alpaca farm, we had intended to “pace” ourselves.  Purchasing 4 alpaca, with board, prior to our relocation and planning to use them as our primary herd.  This would give us some extra time to set up our fencing, barns, plan for growth.  Three of the ladies were pregnant, aiming to give us a total of 7 and one to be bred before she arrived.  A perfect little starter herd.

Incredibly enough, while aimlessly scrolling Facebook and sitting in our hotel waiting for our farm purchase to close, I found a post by Pat from AlpacaBarns out near Statesville in North Carolina.  Her post stated that it was time for a change and so they were selling their 16 specifically bred accoyo alpacas — with their gear, fencing, fiber, and products.

They have been breeding and working with their alpacas since 2007; starting during the alpaca boom.  During this time, alpacas were a lot about being simply alpacas — breeding and showing.  Creating the best alpacas.  Fiber was involved but the industry money was deeply tied in the quality of the alpacas you were producing.  Alpacabarns were producing beautiful alpacas.

AlpacaBarns alpacas were bred Accoyos.  An accoyo alpaca is one that is bred at an Accoyo Ranch in Peru (where alpaca come from).  Here in the states, the term Accoyo also ties with those descendants of two accoyo parents.  All of Alpacabarns alpacas can be lineage linked to the alpaca source — Peru.  This effort from Pat, and her husband Dave, has led to beautifully strong alpacas with lush and dense fiber.

So interesting, right?  What a unique farm experience and an incredible farm venture by two special people.  As all good fairy tales go, after meeting them and their alpaca, we fell in love.  Can you guess what happened next?

Over the last 3 weeks, Pat & Dave have shared an adventure with us — helping us learn, relocate, and get hands on with our alpaca.  They’re fast and they all didn’t want to travel.  Running boots required.  As of this past weekend, we now have 19 alpaca on site.  16 girls and 4 boys.   We got some fences up fast.  We are still in process of doing some final equipment transfers but working with Pat & Dave has been amazing.  They’ve shared with us as we went through some difficult transitions (the loss of Vivian, another blog for another time) and in all the good momments.

We are really excited to announce our purchase of Alpacabarns Accoyo Alpacas and business and hope that we can serve both their customers and their alpaca as well as they have all these years.  When opportunity comes knocking, it’s good to open the door and leave our preconceptions behind.  You never know what amazing things are behind it… and now, we have the perfect little starter herd.

3 thoughts on “The Growth of Purple Alpaca & Purchase of AlpacaBarns

  • Rachel OzaetaDecember 2, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    They are all so beautiful.

  • Jennifer ThomsenDecember 4, 2020 at 9:01 am

    This is so cool!

  • Gloria SmithDecember 20, 2020 at 2:01 am

    What an amazing adventure you are on. Your Alpaca’s are absolutely beautiful. I wish you much success in all that you are doing. I can hardly wait to see what you post along with new photo’s of the baby alpaca’s when they come!

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