C The search for a sustainable and eco friendly use for our small New England farm led us to alpacas. Three decades of livestock breeding and small farm management experience helped us to build a quality herd, on a budget that made sense. As longtime fans of natural fibers, including alpaca, we are enjoying life with alpacas.
We are serious about the long term potential of alpacas as a profitable - and enjoyable - livestock business for the small to mid-sized family farm. Let's talk about the possibilities!
Linda exhibiting Inti Impression.
About Inti Alpacas
The profitability of alpacas is based on the production of quality fiber. While all grades of fiber can be put to good use, the true luxury grades - 'Royal' and 'Baby' - offer the most potential income per alpaca. The commercial market for luxury fiber demands white, but we also offer a few quality alpacas in the full range of alpaca colors.
As breeding stock, the alpacas that produce uniformly fine fleeces, free from prickly guard hair, year ater year while also producing healty young, these are the most valuable alpacas. Our breeding goal is a herd of alpacas with 'Baby' fine fiber - Grade 1 and Grade 2 - at age 10. It's a lofty goal, but with the Alianza bloodlines, we are doing it.
Our mission is to become a resource for others: for fiber, for breeding stock of exceptional quality, and for the exchange of knowledge and information.
As we continue to build our herd and develop our facilities, we are exploring the full range of potential uses for the fabulous fiber our alpacas produce. And we are having fun doing it!
In our 'spare time', we enjoy organic gardening, exploring alternative home-generated energy sources, and learning and applying low-input (zero petroleum) methods of renewing the land and pastures. No herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers are used on our farm. Though our farm is not ';certified organic', we apply those principles and raise our alpacas naturally.
What Inti can do for you
Start-up assistance Are you enchanted by alpacas, but don't know if they really make sense for you? Or maybe you know that alpacas are in your future, but feel overwhelmed by all there is to learn? We've been there and we can help you to decide if getting into alpacas is the right move for you, or not. Learn from our mistakes - and our successes - and save your time and money. Start-up assistance and ongoing consultation is provided at no charge to anyone purchasing an alpaca or stud service from Inti Alpacas.
Business planning assistance No matter how your alpaca business is funded, a good business plan is a vital tool to help you to creat a profitable business. Will it be a fiber production herd, a breeding farm, or both? Huacaya or suri? How will you market your alpacas and or fiber products? How much does it cost to keep an alpaca each year? Where can you sell your fiber, and how much can you expect to get for it? Inti customers are provided with detailed information on every aspect of the business.
Consult your accountant or tax professional as you plan your new business venture, or make plans for the future of your current alpaca business.
Deborah J Perry is an alpaca breeder who provides accounting and tax services for individuals and businesses - including alpaca farms. She can be reached at
Alpaca searches You want the best alpacas you can buy within your budget, but don't have hours to spend searching the Internet, or the time to travel to shows and farms around the country? Whether you are just starting out or are an established breeder, we can help. Each year we visit many of the top shows and farms to view the best alpacas - in all colors from every bloodline. For a very reasonable fee we will provide you with a detailed list of alpacas that meet your requirements, all at the price you choose. And we will keep looking until we find the alpaca that is 'perfect' for you.
About our name
"Inti" '(pronounced 'in tee') is a native Peruvian word for the sun. To the ancient peoples of the Andean region who developed the domestic alpaca from the wild vicuna, Inti was also a god, protector and provider. To honor the first alpaca farmers, we chose Inti as our farm name. Each year the native people in the alpaca growing regions of Peru still celebrate "Inti Raymi", the Festival of the Sun.
Luxurious alpaca fiber and the textiles produced from it were the "coin of the realm" in the ancient Incan Empire, and used instead of money. These textiles are among the finest and most advanced ever produced anywhere in the world. Matching the fineness and quality of that fiber - rarely seen today - is the goal of our breeding program.
For over thirty years, Linda Marie has been breeding animals, including livestock species. Animal husbandry, nutrition, small farm management, and sustainable agriculture are among her interests. Recently she began spinning to help her to better understand alpaca and other natural fibers. Hardy, vigorous alpacas that yield abundant amounts of exceptionally fine fleece to age ten and beyond is her goal. Her approach combines the science of genetics with the art of selective breeding.
Gordon was raised in a suburban neighborhood of a mid-sized city. A self -proclaimed 'techno-geek', Gordon never dreamed he would wind up on a farm. Now, in addition to sharing the daily chores, he assists with the herd health routine, trims teeth, and has become a skilled shearing assistant. He has even corrected a malpositioned fetus at birth! If he can do it, believe me, so can you.
Recently asked if he would trade life in the countryside for his 'old life' in a beautiful home in the suburbs, he said, "No way!". Good answer.
Gordon welcoming Bolero to Inti Alpacas.
Inti Alpacas, LLC is a member of the following alpaca organizations:
Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association
The Alpaca Registry, Inc. maintains a pedigree database with DNA parentage verification.
New England Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association