Hermes Alpacas is located about 20 minutes from Richmond, VA. My husband, Dan & I have been raising alpacas for over 8 and we have learned many things! I have always loved animals and the day to day care is very simple yet rewarding and they make me smile if not outright laugh every day. Now, mind you, it is still work, but when I compare it to my horses, the workload is very easy. Oh, the stories I could tell about these adorable funny creatures! Anyway….there are so many different aspects to raising alpacas that anyone can find their niche and we are here to help you find that nich.
We raise our alpacas first and foremost for their fiber for our business use. We process their fiber into beautiful yarns and products. We also sell alpacas. They are BVD free and have very notable bloodlines. After the many years of raising alpacas, our most desirable traits are microns of 18-24, staple length. The world average micron is approximately 24-26 so we are on the finer side as the world catches up. We have found that when the fiber gets too fine, the mills have a harder time processing it and when the microns get much higher, the quality of wearability is jeopardized. There can be density and crimp, but if it is not fine with a soft handle, who wants it next to their skin? We have also found that when the staple length is shorter than 2 1/2 inches, mills can no longer process it. Alpacas can live for 20 years so it is imperative for these qualities to be sustainable throughout their life. For example, we have a Victor daughter who at age 13 held an AFD of 19.3 and CV was 23.1 and she has had a a cria almost every year! Each cria born should have genetic improvement and we are very pleased with our progress.
We offer complete customer service to those who are already established and those who are just beginning. We can be of assistance with animal management, farm setup, boarding, financing and accounting. We want your visits and purchasing experience to be rewarding and enjoyable. With the purchase of any of our females, we offer free breedings to any of our wholly owned herdsires until a female cria is born. We want to assist in every way possible for your success.
Please do not hesitate in contacting us for further information and we would be pleased to assist you in your search for your perfect alpaca!