"AHHH" Factor
   
 
 

It’s the All American Dream! Work hard. Get lots. Pay bills. Work harder. Get stressed out. Spend your hard earned money on counselors, doctors and muscle therapists.

But, what if you could find a way to reduce stress (without medication), find time to laugh, spend time with your family (or quiet time with yourself), aquire an alternate investment, reduce your taxes, create tax deferred wealth, enjoy yourself AND make money? And what if the business had a lot of promotional support (professional organizations), introduced you to a lot of wonderful people and was pretty easy? At Storybook Alpacas, we call it the Ahhhhhh Factor.
   
 

Alpacas are still relatively rare outside of South America. With a North American herd of just over

 

100,000 animals, there is plenty of room for marketing and advancement. While there are some large herds, even of 500 or more animals, the average size herd reported is between 10 and 20 alpacas. Alpacas live from 15 to 25 years and generally have one cria (baby) each year.

 
 
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Their births are generally in the daytime, seldom require human intervention and the crias are often up and running - faster than a man - within an hour.
 

Over the past two decades as alpacas have gained popularity in North America, they have maintained a reasonably constant value with less fluctuation than the stock market and they are insurable against mortality and theft. The tax advantages of alpaca ownership can be substantial. While creating tax deferred wealth by building your herd, there are many parts of caring for your herd that can be included in exemptions from your regular income if you are raising alpacas for breeding purposes or fleece production. There are even some tax benefits for those who choose to board or “agist” their animals rather thantaking the more hands-on approach. Alpacas generally have few health problems and are easy to care for and clean

 

up after. They are easy to transport (making quite a hit at rest stops), require less pasture than other livestock and eat only 2% of their body weight in a day.

 
 
   
Coming home from a stressful day to see these quiet (“humming”) gentle animals grazing in your pasture, along with some of the comfortable benefits mentioned, will help you understand the Ahhhhh Factor! In fact, the alpacas actually saved Joe’s life. (We would be happy to tell you more about that.)  
 
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