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Q:  How long have you been in the alpaca business?

A:  We purchased our alpacas in the Fall of 2007. 3 bred females with crias at side. Their crias (all males) arrived in July of 2008 and the females came shortly after.

Q:  How did you become interested in alpacas?

A:  We live on the farm that I (Katy) grew up on. My parents raised dairy cows here, and we had 2 barns sitting empty. I felt terrible that these barns in perfect condition were sitting empty, so I began researching something to put in them. Alpacas seemed to be the perfect fit. They are easy to handle and for the most part, are safe for me and the kids to be around.

Q:  How did you decide on the farm name? Is there a special meaning behind it?

A:  Coming up with a farm name took us along time. We actually started throwing names around before our first alpaca was even bought! I felt that our last name should be included in the name. I also felt that it was better to start the name with a letter higher up in the alphabet, for publicity purposes. Alpacas of Holland Acres was born!

Q:  What is your biggest lesson learned in terms of breeding?

A:  We are learning as we go, just let me clear that up first! Because alot of the alpaca history and geneology is unknown, we have found the hard way using a female with a few alpacas in her blood line and then breeding her to a male with one of the same alpacas in his blood line is a bad mix. In September of 2009, we had a stunning little boy born on our farm. We discovered a short time after he was born that he had inherited birth defects. We made the heatbreaking decision to put him down the next morning.

Q:  Do you have a favorite alpaca?

A: No, we don't. We love them all! They all have their own personalities and little things that they do that make them special.

Q:  What are some challenges you face as a small breeder?

A:  I would say one of the biggest challenges is finding a good quality herdsire to breed our females to. As alpacas become more popular in Minnesota, this has become easier. It is hard to find males to breed our females to that are not related to our girls. We hope this becomes even easier with the addition of Red October to our herd.

Updated November 21, 2012