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Alpaca Magic USA

Raising quality alpacas since 1996

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About Alpacas and Our Farm

Located just East of Historic Homosassa Springs, Alpaca Magic USA is the home of about 20 Suri and Huacaya Alpacas.  In 1996 we started out with just 2 pregnant females and have grown to become one of Florida's largest alpaca farms.  Alpaca Magic USA is a family owned and run business.  Jean Riley and her Son, Kent Mylin and his wife, Doreen, work together to raise, breed and market these wonderful creatures.

When the rest of the family saw how easy it is to handle alpacas and how profitable they are they all wanted to join in on the lifestyle and investment.  Jean raised llamas for 7 years before purchasing her first alpacas resulting in almost 30 years of camelid experience.

Weighing in on an average of only 140 pounds, alpacas are not hard to handle and are easy to keep on just a few acres.  A 4 foot fence, some shade, and a simple shelter is all that is required.  The cost of feed is a small factor to consider.  Alpacas only eat 1 to 1.5 percent of their body weight per day.  

Raising Alpacas offers a simplified rural lifestyle.  We enjoy the 30 second commute to work in the mornings.

One of the biggest concerns for potential alpaca breeders here in Florida is the climate.  We provide plenty of shade, cool water and fans during the Summer months.

Here at Alpaca Magic USA we give our own vaccinations and do our own deworming and toenail trimming. 

There are 2 kinds of alpacas-the Huacaya and Suri.  Over ninety percent of alpacas in this country (and worldwide) are Huacaya.  They are distinguishable from each other mainly by their fleece:  The Huacaya fleece is wooly and the Suri fleece falls like pencil-thin dreadlocks.  Alpaca Magic USA has an assortment of both but mostly Suris.  We love the elegance of the suri and we feel that the rarity of them will make them be more valuable.  Suris are sought after for their lustrous, silky fleece.

The herd typically shares a communal manure pile making alpacas easy to clean up after.  Their manure is rich and small, similar to sheep manure, and is welcome to gardeners even before composting.            

Can money be made from alpacas?  If a buyer forms a plan, sets goals, properly prepares his or her farm, cares for the herd and carefully plans breeding, the answer is almost a definite "yes".  There is a strong demand for well-bred breeding stock, and this is keeping prices high.  A number of factors assure future market growth.  As of 1998, imported alpacas can no longer be registered with the Alpaca Registry Inc. and all alpacas are DNA tested making it impossible to "switch" crias.  Plus alpacas have just one cria per year, which means the growth rate is set.

The end product of the alpaca is their fleece.  It is warmer and stronger than sheep's wool.  We need to raise many more alpacas to produce enough fleece to meet the demand of commercial mills to gear up to process alpaca fiber. It will take many years to raise enough alpacas to do so. Supply and Demand!

Updated November 04, 2018