Well, what should you do when you buy a bigger ranch? Well, buy more alpacas, of course! As soon as our contract was signed we started looking for more animals. And when you look, be careful, you will find. Ohio has more alpaca ranches than any other state, so no suprise when we picked out a few animals there. Three were at one ranch and after initial email negotiations we decided it prudent to visit Ohio and see them first hand (In fact we consider that we buy so many without seeing them as rather risky and luckily have not been burned yet). So I tagged the trip to Ohio, which I now like to refer to as the alpaca mall, on to the front end of one of my Albuquerque trips. I visited three ranches, hosted and guided by one of them, and went home with agreements on 5 animals and a decision on 3 in Georgia. This rounds out our herd with 22 alpacas now. We need to shift our focus to selling so we can buy more ;-)
This week I have been in Albuquerque, finalizing negotiations, and arranging our trip out east in May to pick all the new kidlets up. 4000 mile road trip ahead!