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Imagine for a moment, a large herd of alpacas in varying shades of gray, black, brown, fawn and white spread toward the horizon as they graze. No; you are not in South America. This is Washington State, and the group represents just a few of the over 1,600 alpacas belonging to Bill Barnett, a former veterinarian and owner of Alpacas of America. Beginning in 1984 with the purchase of some of the first alpacas to grace North America, the herd - and the scope of business - has increased ever since.

Today, the business prides itself on diversity. The herds roaming the green pastures of the expansive Tenino property are comprised of Huacayas and Suris in every hue from Peru, Bolivia and Chile. An experienced and knowledgeable staff is on hand to tend to the needs of customers and animals alike.

And for Alpacas of America, size spells success with blue ribbon stock being purchased by new and smaller farms throughout North America. Alpacas of America has produced many top-selling auction animals throughout the alpaca industry. As size is obviously no limitation, Alpacas of America can provide their clients with incredible selection and service. If you are just getting into the alpaca business and want to begin with a starter package or wish to purchase a top end alpaca from our elite selection, Alpacas of America can provide you with the alpaca you desire and an affordable price.

ALPACAS OF AMERICA is located in the heart of the northwest, about an hour south of Seattle, Washington, and just under an hour north of Portland, Oregon. Our ranch spreads over 1700 acres and is home to more than 1,600 alpacas. The setting is picturesque and there is currently no place in all of North America that provides the opportunity to see such a number of these beautiful creatures.

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Retired veterinarian/owner Bill Barnett made his first alpaca purchase in 1983 just as the first alpacas were being imported into the United States. Beginning as a one-man operation, purchasing animals from Chile, his love for the alpaca has led him on a continuous journey. His travels have extended beyond Chile to Peru and Bolivia. Each excursion has taught him more about the alpaca and its native habitat. With each trip, he has returned with an extensive growing knowledge of the alpaca in addition to adding quality animals to his own herd. Although Bill currently handles very few actual sales, you will often find him on the ranch spending time enjoying his alpacas.

As number of alpacas increased at ALPACAS OF AMERICA, the need for additional support on the ranch progressed. Randy Snow agreed to come to work for Bill late in 1995. After Randy visited ALPACAS OF AMERICA various times in search of alpacas of his own, Bill suggested Randy come and work for him. Owning his own successful business in Oregon, Randy had experience in sales and business management which Bill felt would be an asset to the continued development and growth of his ranch.

Along with Randy came creative new ideas, increased sales, and eventually a few additional employees providing management assistance both inside the office as well as in the field. Everyone in the office is ready and able to aid you and answer any questions you may have. We also have a highly-competent veterinary staff who specialize in alpacas. From 1995 to 2009 business manager Randy Snow developed and managed Alpacas of America as an industry leader. Since Randy's retirement in 2009 Alpacas of America is now under the direction of Mark Hyman a veteran camelid manager and will continue to be at the forefront of the alpaca industry.

With an in-house lab and our own technical equipment, including an ultrasound machine, we can perform most all procedures on the ranch. Every client boarding animals on the ranch is notified in writing regarding the pregnancy status of their female, which is confirmed monthly by ultrasound. Those clients bringing their alpacas to the ranch for breeding receive the same service. In addition to ultrasounding adult females, each individual cria is weighed and monitored daily to insure proper development. This means a daily weigh-in, along with their morning physical. It is obvious with the experienced, knowledgeable staff that ALPACAS OF AMERICA employs that you are going to get the kind of service you deserve when visiting the ranch.

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16641 Old Highway 99 SE, Tenino, WA 98589
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