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Alpacas Are Awesome

Here, a dozen reasons why alpacas are a fine choice for people considering a later-in-life agricultural career or hobby.

1. An alpaca is easier (and on an annual basis, cheaper) to care for than a dog: Alpacas don't need much food: A single one typically eats about a bale of hay a month. The approximate yearly cost: $100 a year. Clean hay, water, and fresh grass in a pasture are essentially all this animal needs. Although alpacas require vaccinations and routine parasite preventatives, they are considered to be virtually disease-resistant animals. Veterinary bills are minimal. Another plus: Unlike dogs, alpacas can be left unattended for a few days, such as when their owners are traveling. … Back to Article

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