Why Purchase from Us?
My name is Mike Safley and my
wife's name is Julie. We began raising alpacas since 1984. We have
seen the market grow beyond our wildest dreams. I was involved
establishing the Alpaca Registry, Inc., served as president of
Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA), started Alpacas
magazine, chaired the first alpaca show committee that wrote the
alpaca halter class show rules, and worked creating the AOBA
marketing committee. I also started the first alpaca marketing
I am a certified alpaca
judge who has judged alpaca shows around the world. Alpacas 4
Sale has won hundreds of ribbons and show championships with
our animals. My wife Julie founded AOBA's fiber cooperative
I say this to set forth the
context of what we at Alpacas 4 Sale are offering in the form of
after sale support. We have helped many successful breeders
establish their herds. We offer several services to our customers
that we believe add value to an alpaca purchase and help them
succeed in the alpaca business.
There are two basic building
blocks in our added value concept of selling alpacas: 1) after sale
support, and 2) marketing support through several new programs we
There are six specific areas that
we intend to offer our clients additional help with after they
acquire their alpacas. By the way, we define clients as those who
have purchased alpacas from Alpacas 4 Sale. The six areas are:
- Animal husbandry consulting
Farm setup and maintenance
Breeding decisions advice
- Herd building advice
- Business planning
- Marketing plans
We would like you to take a look at what a
Alpacas 4 Sale client can expect from these services
ANIMAL HUSBANDRY CONSULTING
This is a very simple service
which we extend to our clients. We are always willing to help point
a new or experienced breeder in the right direction when it comes to
basic alpaca nutrition advice. We answer such questions as what hay
to buy, whether to feed supplements, and what kind of salt blocks
are best. If your vet or you are puzzled by a particular problem, we
might have an idea about a sick animal or certain symptoms you have
not seen before. We can show you how to do routine maintenance, such
as trimming the nails or giving shots. We can point you to the
proper parasite control programs.
In general we are available to answer basic
questions, such as:
- Who can I get to shear my animals?
- What fertilizer should I use?
How many days should I wait to
rebreed my female?
What body temperature should my new
How do I register my animals?
We have a combined fifty years of experience
raising alpacas and we are always happy to answer our clients'
questions to the best of our ability. This advice would not be meant
to replace or contradict that of your veterinarian. You should
always seek your vet's recommendations and follow their advice.
When you buy a pregnant female at
Alpacas 4 Sale we include the next year's mating in the purchase
price. This gives you a head start and the opportunity to access our
impact sires. Beyond that we are happy to consult with our clients
on the breeding choices they need to make in the future.
In general we are available to answer basic
questions, such as: We are very familiar with the better sires in
the industry. We understand their genetic tendencies and can make
recommendations. The decision as to what herdsire to use is one of
the most critical choices that you make as a breeder. We also
understand how to breed for color and other specific traits. We are
only a phone call away when it comes time to make your herdsire
We can also offer ideas as to which mating
plan best suits your herd. There are five classic livestock mating
plans: 1) random mating, 2) like-to-like based on phenotype, 3)
like-to-like based on pedigree, 4) unlike-to-unlike based on
phenotype, and 5) unlike-to-unlike based on pedigree. For a thorough
discussion of these plans read Alpacas: Synthesis of a Miracle. We
understand the pluses and minuses of each of these systems and will
be pleased to share our views as to which system is appropriate for
HERD BUILDING ADVICE
Putting a herd together is an
art. You need to make sound decisions about who to buy, sell, and
keep. These decisions need to be made with a consistent goal in
mind. The appropriate goal always revolves around the breeding
program you are implementing and marketing niche you are looking to
If you want advice as to which animals to
sell, when and why, and which to keep as replacement stock, we can
help. If you want suggestions on the type of genetics to add to your
existing herd, we have ideas. When you decide to acquire a herdsire
for your herd, we can discuss your goals with our thirty years of
experience breeding alpacas.
Our Director of Marketing, Fred
Kraft has developed a set of forms to guide alpaca breeders through
the process of creating a business plan. He will not only provide
the forms, but he also adds the measure of experience it takes to
create a credible plan. We recommend you create a plan prior to
purchasing your first alpacas. You can e-mail Fred at
. You can also use the
process to redirect your existing alpaca business. E-mail us today
and let's get started.
INDIVIDUAL FARM MARKETING PLANS
Every alpaca farm needs a
marketing strategy. We offer unconventional advice based on years of
successfully marketing millions of dollars worth of alpaca bloodstock. We can
help design a specific marketing program for your ranch. We answer the
following questions for breeders of all sizes, whether they are beginners
or established farms. Our ideas will
be tailored to your skills, strengths, and weaknesses:
- How can I develop a successful
- Should I join an advertising co-op?
- How can I turn leads into farm visits
and farm visits into sales?
How much time should I devote to marketing
and where should I spend my advertising dollars?
In short, it is our goal at Alpacas 4 Sale
to see our customers succeed in the alpaca business. We will provide
the insight from years of success to breeders who are willing to
work hard, promote their herds, improve their stock, and, above all,
take responsibility for their own individual success.