OH MY GOD Not for the faint-hearted
Alpaca breeding stock costs are dizzying. An average pregnant female costs $22,000, according to the AOBA. Some sell as low as $12,500; superior stock commands $40,000.
Males retail between $7,500 and $25,000, although the highest quality studs have sold for more than $100,000. Prudent farmers might assume they can save by shelling out $1,000 to $3,000 for stud fees, but alpacas are social mammals. Solo living stresses them out until they die.
I think I changed my mind