- About Windy Hill
- The Alpaca Business
- Finances & Taxes
- My Alpaca Story
- Your "Inner Rancher"
- Windy Hill Community
Alpacas at Windy Hill is a full-service breeding and boarding facility located on 25 acres of prime agricultural property in the rolling hills of Ventura County, California. Sunshine and cool ocean breezes provide an ideal environment for the health and well-being of our alpacas.
- We specialize in fine Alpacas, but offer a full range of investment choices for new buyers as well as seasoned alpaca breeders in both Suris and Huacayas. Alpacas at Windy Hill is home to over 200 alpacas, making us the largest alpaca ranch in California
- Our customers come first. We strive to help you make the right decisions for your short and long term goals with Support and Guarantees.
- Start your Alpaca Adventure by letting us take care of your alpacas. Alpacas at Windy Hill offers professional boarding (agistment) for your alpacas. Several ranches have made us their home by boarding their alpacas here. We offer a full range of services for new and experienced breeders.
- Quality Alpacas…with Potential
-Windy Hill strives to provide a spectrum of color and style in our alpacas that rivals any in California.
-We offer alpacas suitable for the small starter ranch as well as the National show ring.
-We offer a wide variety of top grade herdsires, both suri and huacaya.
-We select for excellent breeding records and bloodlines, creating stock with the best potential for quality and longevity.
-We frequently hold seminars and workshops to help our customers choose the best alpacas for their business. We have had workshops with such national consultants as Andy Tillman, Dr. Norm Evans, Ian Watt and Steve Hull.
- Care… with Love
-We are alpaca breeders first because we love alpacas.
-We are on-site 7 days a week, and also have Livestock Protection Dogs, full security fencing, and llama herd companions.
-Our alpacas are our friends. We treat them with respect, and love to hear back from our customers as to how they are doing.
-We take personal time with each cria and adult alpaca to ensure that they are comfortable being handled.
- Sales…with Integrity
-We welcome the consultant of your choice to review animals you are considering for purchase.
-We recommend a pre-purchase exam with all sales by an independent veterinarian of your choice.
-Insurance is important to protect your investment. We can make recommendations.
-Our best pricing is often for junior herdsires and maiden females.
- Guarantees…that Work
-Alpacas at Windy Hill strives to meet or exceed industry standard guarantees.
-Our goal is for the customer to be happy with sales and service at all times.
-We believe in full disclosure with no surprises! See our "You Gotta Love 'Er" Guarantee.
- Terms…We will work with you
-Although not every seller that we broker for can offer terms, many of our alpacas can be sold on time.
-Our most common set of terms begins with as little as 20% down with current competitive interest rates.
- Support…Once a customer, then a friend
-In keeping with our desire to provide good alpaca education, Alpacas at Windy Hill offers ongoing support for all customers.
Owners of boarded alpacas are encouraged to visit often, and learn valuable skills. We welcome participation in day-to-day ranch life.
-We hope to help provide new owners with confidence in their herd management skills.
-Our customers have preference for boarding and year round breeding.
-We offer our boarders assistance in the sale of their alpacas.
-Customer referrals are available on request.
- Environment…Our location is considered ideal
-Our mild coastal climate provides a low-stress breeding environment all year.
-We are happy to offer free breeding consultation on any female or male in our program.
-When working with Alpacas at Windy Hill, you can take advantage of a Maximum Investment Return on each alpaca due to our year-round breeding program.
-Alpacas at Windy Hill is located on 25 beautiful acres in Somis, CA. Ventura County offers a year-round breeze for clean, cool pastures.
-We are continually improving our premier alpaca facility to include more green pastures, classroom spaces, an alpaca store, event facilities, and an alpaca health clinic. Come see us soon—there will be something new every time you visit.
The Alpaca Business
- Top notch breeding stock. Livestock for your small farm. Fiber production. Your own mill.
- Raising alpacas is a sound and profitable investment for a wide range of situations. Whether you own a small piece of property of a couple of acres, manage several hundred acres, or have no acreage of your own, there is an opportunity to participate in the growing alpaca industry.
- Imagine hugging your investment! What would it be like to have your portfolio hum to you? The lovely and lucrative alpaca can provide you with refreshing new ways to increase your income and enjoy life.
- Each alpaca born in the US is blood-typed before registering, and almost all American alpacas are registered. This practice helps keep our American standards high, our animals healthy, and our breeding practices more focused on growing the best alpaca fiber in the world. Alpacas are also fully insurable for mortality and theft, making your investment safer. You can't do that with the Stock Market!
- You can approach Alpaca ranching from different perspectives. Many ranchers own and board a few alpacas on small properties zoned for livestock, even in the city. Some choose to expand, and have several acres in a more rural setting. Still others with no land of their own choose to board their alpacas.-- pay a fee to have their animals fed and cared for on someone else's property while reaping the benefits of ownership. Over 15 alpaca owners have chosen to board their animals at Alpacas at Windy Hill.
- Alpacas are an easy livestock to manage, even for first-time owners. They require minimal fencing and shelter, and a simple diet of hay, grain, grass and supplements, similar to other herbivorous herd animals. They are gentle and naturally shy, making them a particularly good livestock choice for families with children.
- The current demand for fiber is far greater than what we are able to produce in the United States. Because alpacas reproduce at a slow rate (gestation is 11 months), developing the national herd will be the focus of the alpaca industry for the next several years. Fiber production is the end goal, so the number of alpacas needs to increase. This makes the demand for alpacas higher, as well as the prices. A wonderful opportunity is open today for profit as well as tax advantages in the alpaca industry.
How Do I Get Started?
- Are you interested in having a few animals to produce fiber for your personal use? Would you like to breed alpacas to coincide with your current lifestyle? Are you thinking about beginning a herd now to provide for your future income?
- There is no time like the present to visit us! There is nothing like that first time a cria nuzzles your hand, or standing in the pastures hearing mothers and crias humming to each other.
- As an industry, we are a group of small entrepreneurs who are working together to build a national herd so the US will have plenty of the wonderful luxury fiber for the next generation of fashion products.
- There are small ranches with 3 or 4 alpacas, and large ranches with well over 100 animals. Nationwide, the average ranch has approximately 8-10 animals. Many of these small ranches have been able to produce award-winning alpacas. And don't forget about the possibility of agisting-- boarding your animals on an established ranch, either temporarily while you prepare your facilities, or permanently if you plan to maintain your present lifestyle.
- With just over 260,000 ARI registered alpacas in the United States today, there is a great need for expansion in order to meet the future demand for fiber. A larger initial investment gives you a headstart in building your herd. And how many other investments can you count on to reproduce themselves every year? Call Alpacas at Windy Hill and plan a visit today. There is no better time than right now to begin your adventure into the investment you can hug. Alpacas are the most wonderful livestock around, and they produce fiber that can be turned into the world's most luxurious clothing.
- We welcome your calls and inquiries, and we would love the opportunity to introduce you the Happy Herd at Windy Hill. Read Our Alpaca Story...
Alpaca Finances & Tax Advantages
Wealth on the Hoof
Since 1984, Alpacas have been raised in the U.S. for both enjoyment and profit. They have also proven to be a truly "green" livestock, not a term generally applied to livestock. The world has a long history of raising livestock for profit. In ancient times as well as our own, wealth has been calculated in terms of the size of the flocks and herds of sheep, cattle, goats, camels, and horses. Livestock is worth money, and there is an "Inner Rancher" to be found in most people that creates a fascination with farming and ranching. Many of us have a dream of going "back to the farm", but milking cows and slaughtering hogs isn't quite what we have in mind. The Alpaca provides a way to get in touch with our "earthy" self without the difficulties of larger stock, while providing an income that allows us to live the way we want to.
The Kinder, Gentler Livestock
Alpacas at truly a different kind of livestock. They are intelligent and easy to train. They are a bit timid, so they would rather run away from a confrontation than initiate one. They don't butt, and a kick from a padded foot is hardly a kick at all. They don't have teeth on the top pallet in the front, so even if they were inclined to bite, it would amount to only a pinch. They do spit, but only when provoked, and usually at another alpaca.
Alpacas produce a luxury fleece that can be made into anything made from wool, cotton, or silk. Their fleece comes in 22 natural colors, and they are very clean animals as a rule. They are hardy and rarely contract the diseases that are common to other livestock. They adapt well to different environments, and usually only need simple shelter due to the warmth of their fleece. They have a lifespan of about 20 years, producing crias for the majority of that time, and can be insured against loss.
Alpacas Are Green
Alpacas have been raised in South America for thousands of years. Their gentle touch on the earth is widely appreciated. Their padded feet make little impression on the ground, and they don't tear up grass by the roots but rather nibble. The fact that they are a ruminant means that they are efficient users of their food, and the waste is low in nitrogen so very little in the way of greenhouse gases are produced. (For more about the environmentally-friendly alpaca, CLICK HERE.)
A Sound Investment for the Future
Investing in alpacas is a sound investment based on a growing industry with a viable end product. Unlike horses that are used for entertainment, alpacas are a farm animal that produces a product. They are recognized by the USDA, the IRS, and most states as livestock. At this point in time in the U.S., alpacas are not raised for meat or hides, as we need to build our numbers on a national level to achieve the critical mass of fleece that we need to interest commercial buyers in a renewable source of alpaca fleece. In South America they are routinely slaughtered for both meat and hides. It is unlikely that this will be a common practice in the U.S. as long as we are building our numbers.
After the purchase of the initial herd, crias that are born as a result of breeding have value very similar to the parents' value. Each female cria that is born will have a value similar to or in excess of her dam's value. Male crias from high-end parents have potential to be herdsires, the value of which is often greater than that of the mother. Other male crias continue to produce fleece, and are of value in terms of deriving income from fleece. They can also be sold as pets, petting zoo animals, and fleece producers for hobbyists.
Because the cria that is born has similar value to the parents, the value of the herd increases accordingly. This is an opportunity for tax-deferred wealth-building. Unlike stocks that pay taxable dividends, alpacas that remain in your herd do not incur taxes until they are sold. What is more, their upkeep is a tax deduction. More on taxes later.
Two Ways to Raise Alpacas
There are two approaches to alpaca ownership. The first is a hands-on approach where the owner personally operates the alpaca farm. The second approach is to board, or "agist", the alpacas on an existing ranch. At Alpacas at Windy Hill, we own our own alpacas, but we also provide boarding for people who want the investment of owning alpacas but do not have their own property.
The most important thing to remember when setting up an alpaca business is that it needs to be set up in a business-like manner. Without proper set-up, many tax advantages can slip away. Making sure you have a DBA, a state Seller's Permit, a Quickbooks ledger, a checking/savings account in the DBA's name, and a company credit card solidify your alpaca business. Most buyers find it financially advantageous to run their business as a sole-proprietorship rather than forming a corporation or LLC. In many cases, expenses accrued in the alpaca business can be deducted from the owner's other income under a sole-proprietorship.
Hands-on Alpaca Ownership
The hands-on approach to raising alpacas requires the owner to own or lease a parcel of land suitable for alpacas. It is best if the owner lives on the property, however it is not essential that the owner be involved full-time if they are working an outside job. It is usually possible to hire someone to do day-to-day chores.
The hands-on owner must acquire all the "tools of the trade"--barns, fencing, tractor, shelters, feeders, buckets, a scale, basic medical supplies and other details. He must also find a reliable source of hay and pellets. One of the most important parts of beginning an alpaca operation is locating a veterinarian who includes alpacas in their practice. I advise people to look for a good vet even before deciding where to buy property.
Other alpaca ranches in the area are a good source of information about what works well in the area. The alpaca community is unusual in its level of camaraderie and cooperation. Ranches can do a lot to help each other and coop many chores and resources, such as hay. And you can meet some great new friends that way!
Boarding Your Herd
Boarding, or agisting, is a viable way to approach herd ownership, particularly in the beginning if the new rancher does not own property. Alpacas are purchased, and then placed in the care of an established breeder for a monthly fee. Boarding initially means the new owner can begin without the capital outlay of the physical ranch, making for a more gradual transition to ranch life. The established breeder has already done the work of set up, owns the equipment, has a relationship with a veterinarian, and can provide education to the new owner.
The alpaca owner is in charge of all important decisions about breeding and care in general. There is the added advantage of having the ranch owner to consult with. And on muddy mornings, he is doing the work while you are in your clean office.
If the alpaca owner is involved with her herd, visits frequently, and keeps track of the hours spent directly involved with the business there is little financial difference between the two in terms of expenses and taxes.
Planning Your Alpaca Purchase
Everybody who has a desire to raise alpacas has a picture in his or her mind of what they want. Now the time has come to get down to the details. There needs to be a plan.
Purchasers need to set goals based on available cash and where they want to be with their business in five years. In order to do that, there are some issues that they need to be aware of and some choices to be made. For instance, alpacas have a gestation period of 11.5 months and almost always have single births, so herd growth is quite slow. Marketing skills are necessary in order to sell alpacas, so the buyer must realistically evaluate his own skills and determine the need to learn marketing or hire someone to do it for him. How soon you want to recover your initial outlay will help determine how soon you expect to start selling alpacas. If the plan is to sell alpacas immediately, then a larger purchase will be necessary. If you are content to let your herd grow for a few years, a smaller initial purchase will do. If you plan to board your alpaca(s), it is even possible to start with a single alpaca since she will already be in a secure herd environment.
It is important to factor in all the costs before you begin. This is an investment in quality of life as well as gain, so although it is tempting to start with a bigger herd, staying on the small end of it at first might be wise. Alpacas are not inexpensive. The current price range for breeding stock is $2000 to $50,000, depending on quality, bloodlines, show record, and fleece records. Alpacas are registered with ARI (Alpaca Registry Incorporated), and a detailed database is kept of blood type and DNA to identify each alpaca properly. EPD's are also being kept by ARI.
A conservative start might include 1-3 females. Sellers often include a free "breed-back" with the sale of a female, meaning that the need for a male is put off for at least a year. Breedings to good studs can be obtained from other breeders, also, so owning a herdsire can be delayed for several years.
Purchasing Your Alpacas
Most alpacas are sold for cash. Some buyers convert other assets to purchase their first alpacas. Some people have a line of credit for investment purposes; others use their equity in real estate to secure funds.
Particularly since the recession, many breeders offer financing for your purchase, and Alpacas at Windy Hill is no exception. We are invested in your success, and giving you the opportunity to start your herd through flexible financing is one way we do that. Purchases that are financed require that the buyer purchase insurance for the alpaca until it is paid off, and the alpaca must remain on our ranch until the payments are complete, but it allows the buyer to start sooner, and most buyers find that they pay off their purchase much sooner than they expected.
For breeding stock, buyers should always insist on a written contract. This provides security for both buyer and seller, not only during the transaction, but down the road as well. We offer each female alpaca we sell with our "You Gotta Love 'Er" guarantee. If at the end of 2 years you are dissatisfied with any female you bought from us, we will replace her any female on our sales list worth up to 20% more than your original purchase. We also offer standard fertility guarantees on all breeding stock, male and female.
Alpacas and Taxes
Alpaca ownership can open an avenue of tax relief that was not formerly available to you. If you have never owned a small business before, as a sole-proprietor you will now find that you are eligible to write off expenses for your business. This may include mileage, feed and veterinarian costs, boarding fees, internet access as part of a home office, breeding fees, property improvements, education, ranch-related travel expenses, show fees, and professional membership fees among others. In some states and counties, raising livestock also provides a reduction in real estate taxes. In California there are 2 tracks possible for tax purposes. The first is to build your herd for future, deferring taxes and taking advantage of depreciation of your alpacas as capital assets. In this case in California you may be asked to pay Sales Tax or Use tax. The second is to buy alpacas for immediate resale. In this case you supply the seller with your CA Seller's Permit and buy as a wholesaler, avoiding sales tax. However, as a wholesale buyer, you are not eligible to depreciate your alpacas because they are 'inventory', not 'assets'.
If you are building your herd, an immediate reward of alpaca ownership comes in the form of depreciation. Investments in the stock market cannot be depreciated. Neither are the insurable. But alpacas do both! The alpaca owner experiences a "return" in the form of tax savings while the herd is growing.
Section 179 of the I.R.C. allows for rapid depreciation on the purchase of capital assests for a business. This can include alpacas, barns, tractors, computers, and other items. The rate of depreciation can be stepped up to as little as one year in some cases. The cap on this depreciation at the end of 2012 is $500,000, scheduled to go down to $200,000 in 2013.
Be sure to consult with a tax expert in planning your alpaca business to see what applies specifically to you, and to account for changes in laws. No one can accurately evaluate your tax situation except a qualified accountant. If you need an accountant, we will be happy to provide a reference.
Your Alpaca Business
Your alpaca business is tailor-made by you, for you. That's the exciting part of being your own boss! The only boundaries are the limits of your creativity and desire to succeed. It is normal for alpaca ranchers to employ several income streams within their business. We provide boarding for new ranchers without a ranch. We also offer studs for hire, yarn sales, education in both alpaca care and fiber arts, and consulting. Some ranchers offer alpaca transportation, ranch equipment, marketing consultation,and agri-tourism. Whatever you bring with you from your other life will end up being a benefit in your alpaca business as well.
The alpaca industry is young and presents great opportunity for new ranchers. We need new owners in order to multiply the national herd to the point of having commercial quantities of fleece. And few investments have the potential to replicate themselves on an annual basis like alpacas do. It is the most enjoyable career we have ever been involved in, and we look forward to seeing it continue to grow and mature. We hope you will join us!
Becoming an alpaca rancher is the best thing we've ever done, and this is our story-- which could be your story too....
I (Cindy) grew up in Burbank, CA, and spent every possible moment around horses. Later on in life I even trained Arabian horses while I was getting my teaching credential! After getting my credential, I moved to Agoura Hills where I taught 4th grade while raising 2 boys and 2 girls. My youngest just turned 31, and I have my first grandbaby. I can’t believe it-- where did the time go??
Starting Out with Alpacas
After living in Agoura for 10 years, I began to be restless, wishing I could keep my horse in my yard, so I started looking for a more rural setting. I never dreamed I would stumble onto 14 acres in Moorpark! I started looking for a way for this new property to pay its own property taxes—you know, avocado or citrus trees. Fortunately a friend introduced me to alpacas. It was love at first sight! I could have started a herd with just a few acres or boarded at another ranch, but I had a dream to run my own facility. That was the beginning of this grand adventure. After some careful planning, I decided to take a big chance, take a leave of absence from teaching and throw all my energy into raising alpacas...and I've never looked back!
Alpacas at Windy Hill is now on 25 acres in Somis.We even have our own well so we've made everything green. The alpacas love having green pasture. Every evening they begin the "cria races" at dusk, leaaping and bucking the length of the pastures. It's an event you will want to witness!
The Alpaca Community is Supportive
I will always be a teacher at heart, but now it’s all about alpacas-- teaching animals, school groups, new clients. I have gone to countless alpaca workshops, seminars, and association gatherings. One great thing about the alpaca industry is that there’s always something new to learn. You can get a “college education” from the industry itself. People are unbelievably helpful. There is a listserve with over 700 ranches who help each other out with everything from vet issues to how to build a fence, and what toys alpacas like to play with. There are lots of websites to help you market your alpacas, too.
Taxes and Traveling with Uncle Sam’s Blessing
We've done a bit of traveling to broaden what we know about alpacas. In November of 2001 I attended the Australian Alpaca Association’s National Show and Sale in Canberra, Australia. What a great event! I also got to visit other farms in Australia, as well as tour Sydney -- all tax deductible. And we’ve been all over the U.S. on alpaca business. We've visited ranches in Ohio, Oregon, New York, Kentucky, and New Jersey, as well as going to shows in Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Utah and California.
In fact, because raising alpacas is an agricultural industry there are tons of investment and tax advantages, especially when you have other income while you are building up your herd. You can’t beat agriculture for investment value. My accountant keeps showing me new benefits. I can enjoy fun and educational activities, enhance my business, meet new people, and have tax advantages too. Take time to check out Section 179 of the IRS code!.
Woolly Huacayas or Silky Suris-- How Do You Choose?
Like any livestock, when you invest in the best, you have a better chance of a return on your investment. When I first started my herd, I bought Huacaya alpacas-- the kind with the fuzzy teddy bear faces. As I have studied more I have become increasingly interested in Suri alpacas --the ones with silky locks that drape and flow with the breeze. The 2 types are basically the same except for the fiber difference, like people with straight or curly hair. Alpacas come in more than 22 natural colors. In fact, alpacas have a wider range of natural colors that any other fiber animal! Our favorite alpacas are silky, shiny suris --the rarest kind. They can be expensive, but for me they are worth planning for. Both fibers have their different uses in the fiber market, and many spinners and weavers have personal preferences. One of the most interesting markets is the huge American crafts industry.
Room to Grow with Fiber and Livestock in the U.S.
If you own your own land and have good alpacas you can probably expect to offset much of your alpaca upkeep from the sale of the fiber to private parties. When the industry has grown and the fiber market is truly developed, the return for fiber will be much more predictable. Right now we need more alpacas so that we have enough American fiber to meet the demand. It's a “breeder’s market”, so we're making more alpacas as fast as we can. In other words, the biggest money is coming from so many people wanting to own alpacas and get into the business.
We feel the demand will continue to grow. There is no better fiber in the world, and no other livestock can give such a good return on your investment while requiring so few acres. Raising alpacas can be the ideal agricultural investment for people like us who want a country lifestyle, but don’t want a huge ranch. Being tired of the "Rat Race" and the desire to leave the city has had a dramatic affect on the appeal of alpaca industry.
Cottage Industry is a Natural with Alpacas
We are fortunate in the U.S. to have so many people who enjoy making their own fiber products. Unlike Peru and Bolivia where the emphasis is on commercial production, much of the the U.S. alpaca fiber output is being snapped up by crafts people . White fiber will likely always dominate the commercial mills because it can be so easily dyed, but natural-colored fiber has a real niche in this land of self-starters, so we have decided to emphasize colored animals for our personal herd. Local spinning and weaving guilds are hungry for this luxurious fiber.
All In the Family-- the Ideal Business
There is something for every member of the family in this business. Young children can care for these gentle animals, and elderly family members seem to have a special rapport. We have friends with special needs children who are building a special future with alpacas. Alpacas make the ideal family business, no matter what phase of life you are in. I am having more fun than ever!
Alpaca Ownership with a Safety Net-- Easy to Start
Several families board their alpacas with us while they are preparing their own ranch. We keep their animals for them while they build their herd and learn about the business.
Each boarder pays a monthly fee for us to take care of their alpacas until they have land of their own. Many alpaca owners start their herds this way. We have alpacas here at Windy Hill that are worth $100 all the way up to 10's of 1000's of dollars. As you can see, the price range for alpacas is as diverse as the colors. Every breeder shapes his or her own destiny in this business with the decisions they make about their investment in each animal. And because they are an investment, each alpaca is 100% insurable for mortality and theft.
Travel the World On-Line with Alpacas
There are literally hundreds of alpaca websites which contain a wealth of information. They range from ranch sites to fiber products to veterinary advice. There are also some great trade associations and registries like AOA, Calpaca, SoCalpaca, and the Suri Network. One nice thing about the alpaca industry is that so many people are using the internet. This has given us the ability to communicate from country to country or state to state. We are able to look at studs in hundreds of ranches to make breeding decisions, or we can visit them in person. I bought an internet design program and designed this whole web site myself.... everything. It may not be as slick as some, but it has been fun and it’s the real me.
There's More Fun on the Way!
We specialize in educational events at Windy Hill--once a teacher, always a teacher, you know. Come and make new friends! Call and make an appointment to come see us soon. A career in alpacas is exciting because it is always growing and changing, just like the animals themselves. In the next 6 months we are expecting over 50 crias, or babies. It's like Christmas! What color will it be? Boy or girl? Solid or multi-colored? If you take ten females and breed them right, a year later you will have 20 alpacas. Now, those odds beat the Stock Market any day. And all the while, you are building a herd for your future and participating in the exciting world of Alpacas! We have several world-class, award-winning alpacas right here in Somis. Please come and join us in one of our Windy Hill Events soon. We'd love to have you visit!
||Do you dream of being out in nature instead of in a cubicle? Maybe you enjoy animals... working with your hands... Maybe you wish for a creative job...an escape from the relentless demands of the office, the laundry, and the freeway... Then your Inner Rancher might be whispering in your ear….
My friend Dave Barboza tells me that we all have an "Inner Rancher". Most of us grew up with tales of gun-slinging, bronc-breaking cowboys, and the mysterious young stranger who rode into town to win the hand of the wealthy rancher owner's tomboy daughter. We drink in movies with vast mountainvistas, stampeding cattle, range wars, and beautiful wild horses. Who but the Inner Rancher would have sat still through the slow-rolling footage of "The Horse Whisperer"? The Inner Rancher longs for romance, solitude, beauty, and an almost mystical relationship with animals… The species varies, but the yearning is the same.
Raising alpacas allows you to give expression to your Inner Rancher in a fun and economically-viable way. Anyone can keep a horse, but with alpacas you can save on taxes and make money! Alpacas are a fabulous species: sensitive, intuitive, interactive, and covered with the softest, most luxurious fleece in the world.
Raising alpacas is one of the fastest-growing professions for women because alpacas are small and easily managed. You can do it all! Alpacas are theperfect livestock: smarter than sheep, not as obstreperous as goats, high birthing success--and you don't need to slaughter them!
Does the image of a shepherd dreamily watching over his flock bring you a sense of peace? Does your blood pressure go down proportionate to the amount of time you spend outside? Do you have a sneaking suspicion that there is just not enough dirt in your life?
"Paradise", otherwise known as Somis, CA, is in beautiful Ventura County. Alpacas at Windy Hill is only 15 minutes from Albertson's in Moorpark or Camarillo, but we're surrounded by rolling hills, avocado and citrus orchards, horses, and 25 acres of the most beautiful alpacas you've ever seen. And you can share it with us! Several alpaca breeders already do by boarding their alpacas here while they are working on getting to their own ranch.
The Windy Hill Community is a place where you can give free rein to your Inner Rancher-- without even altering your current lifestyle. Enrich your life with the slower pace of the shepherd and the cowpoke. If your childhood dream was to live on a ranch, or be a farmer, or be a cowboy....Come out for a visit and let us introduce you and your Inner Rancher to the alpacas. You might find yourself at home.
The Alpacas at Windy Hill Community is home to many alpaca ranchers who need a place to board their herd, either temporarily or permanently. We provide daily care for alpacas, as well as many other benefits.
We have also helped many others get their ranches started through our sales and mentoring process. We started in 2000 with no prior alpaca experience, so we know what is needed for a new owner to feel equal to the job! And our "You Gotta Love 'Er" Guarantee gives our buyers confidence that they are going to be satisfied with what they bought.
But Alpacas at Windy Hill is more than just a place to buy and board alpacas. We are a community of people who have a mutual love of alpacas, and a mutual bond of respect and cooperation that is unusual in the business world.
Our outlook is that "a rising tide floats all boats". Our community helps one another in many aspects of our alpaca businesses, and we even play together on occasion. We are alpaca owners, trainers, teachers, fiber artists, technology experts, market specialists, gardeners, musicians, therapists, chefs, and office magicians...to name a few. Windy Hill is a place you can meet new people while you are building your business who may become assets in your business life, as well as lifelong friends. We hope you will join us in making the U.S. alpaca market a resounding success, one ranch at a time.
|WINDY HILL COMMUNITY FRIENDS CURRENTLY BOARDING
|WINDY HILL COMMUNITY FRIENDS ON THEIR OWN RANCHES
"To think Cindy built the beautiful vast ranch many visit today, made purchases and breeding decisions that yields some of the very top in the nation leaves me a bit awestruck. Add to that her non-condescending spirit and grace when we haven't done things as they should have in the learning process.
A true Proverbs 31 woman "Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.”
I value her integrity, humble nature, gift of teaching, and her amazing generosity. I consider her not just a mentor but a true friend that I will cherish for a lifetime."
Faith & Fleece Alpacas