Epic Alpacas believe that alpacas provide a unique opportunity for developing a new, sustainably-based, primary agricultural industry in the United States and worldwide. We are committed the future of the fiber industry and continually adapt our breeding program to the best tried-and-true methods and proven science. Through constant research and strategic planning, we endeavor to make every alpaca that leaves our ranch "epic".

Mission Statement
It is our mission to breed alpacas of superior fiber quality and physical conformation, while developing gentle dispositions in all our animals. While we continue to work to the future of the fiber industry as a whole, our focus is on bringing greater fiber quality to grey alpacas. Through outreach into our community, we hope to continue to develop alpaca ranching into a viable domestic industry.

Breeding Goals
Epic Alpacas is focused on breeding huacaya alpacas for fiber, conformation and disposition. We are breeding alpacas with long term production values in mind - we hope to develop a consistent healthy and sound herd that is easy to manage and produces top-notch fleece.

Conformation - "Structure, the shape or proportionate dimensions of, esp. of an animal." At Epic Alpacas, our view of proper alpaca conformation goes beyond what meets the eye. It is important that alpacas exhibit positive characteristics that enhance their ability to survive and reproduce. Thus, we place importance on a female alpaca's ability to produce milk and to give easy births. We believe that form follows function. Our breeding program aims to build traits related to fiber, health and reproduction. As livestock, alpacas should be easy to care for, have a high reproductive rate, and produce a dense, fine fleece. Our alpacas are proving themselves in these areas.

Disposition - "Prevailing tendency, mood, or inclination." Alpacas should be easy to work with and to handle. In addition to the yearly shearing, and routine maintenance procedures, alpacas should tolerate human contact at all times. While highly intelligent, and capable of being trained, there is sound evidence that an alpaca's basic disposition is heritable. Our alpaca breeding program aims to preserve the gentle disposition of our foundation herd while improving upon the fiber characteristics that are the source of the intrinsic worth of alpacas.

Fleece - "The coat of wool covering a wool bearing animal (as a sheep)." Alpaca fleece was once considered a gift of the Andean gods. It is the alpaca's fleece that gives the alpaca its intrinsic value. Three attributes contribute to the primary value of an alpaca fleece - fineness (measured in microns), staple length, and yield. At Epic Alpacas, our breeding program is aimed at increasing fleece yield while preserving a low micron. Our herd of colored huacaya alpacas all possess good fiber qualities, and our breeding program has been successful in improving these qualities. We value color in our alpacas, and at Epic you will find a rainbow, including true blacks, maroons and browns shading up through pure white.

Vison
Alpaca farming holds every potential of becoming a new primary agriculture industry in the United States. The last century has seen a wholesale assault on the American family farm. Agricultural and livestock production have seen the emergence of corporate domination with profit margins shrinking to the point that many small farms have been put out of business. Commodity producers are price takers, not price setters.

The American textile industry has been decimated. Sheep ranchers spend more to shear, process and ship wool than they can recoup from its sale. The wool industry is dominated by Australia and New Zealand,while textiles have largely moved to China. Cattle ranches have ridden a vicious roller-coaster of price swings. Dairy farms find themselves in a similar plight with ever shrinking profit margins. Small acreage farms have little hope to produce any significant income from their land as corporate, mono-culture agriculture becomes ever more dominant. It is sad to realize that on a Sunday drive through the country we pass by many farms that barely support the families that live on them.

What if we could identify a farm product that could produce a meaningful income, was environmentally friendly, and provided a natural product with markets around the world? We believe that alpacas can do just that. Alpacas, native to South America, produce a fiber superior to wool and recognized as a luxury in textile factories world wide. The American alpaca herd, though small, represents some of the finest alpacas in the world. Using modern animal husbandry, alpaca breeders have the ability to help revitalize rural life in America.

Epic Alpacas is excited to be a part of this opportunity.

The groundwork for a successful alpaca industry has been laid. The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) is positioned to effectively promote and market these gentle creatures. The Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI) maintains a record of pedigree second to none, and allows alpaca breeders to make intelligent decisions in striving to produce the “perfect alpaca.” The Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America (AFCNA) provides a way for alpaca farms to efficiently gather and process this luxury fiber from raw fleece to finished product. All that is needed is time and commitment.

The alpaca industry is young. Right now the focus is on producing alpaca breeding stock that exemplifies all the best qualities of the alpaca - fiber, conformation and gentle disposition. As the alpaca industry matures, fiber production will take a more dominant role. It is our vision that when we drive through the country we will see alpaca herds as common as sheep and cattle, when we go shopping we will see garments of alpaca for sale, and that we will know that we have played a role in the development of a profitable farm enterprise - one that can support the diversified family farm as well as the small acreage landowner.