The meaning of our logo:
The dark blue background in our logo symbolizes the night sky and is the territory of the wolf. Two wolves are paying tribute to the moon (at the bottom of the logo) by howling. The wolves come together at the bottom and are woven together. This is our product; the volves also are created in the shape of the alpaca foot.
It is said that the Creator had a thought that was the light in the east. The thought went south and created water, west and created air and then north to create the pollen that became the earth.
Our logo also shows this and the 4 directions, central to Indian life.
The Navajo beliefs are:
- White is the eastern direction and is the beginning of the day. This symbolizes thinking, learning and wealth.
- Blue (Turquoise) mid-day is the southern direction and symbolizes planning and strength.
- Abilone is twilight (yellow) is the western direction and symbolizes evaluation, re-evaluation, change and prosperity.
- Black or darkness is the northern direction and is change, teaching as well as the Protector.
Animals philosophy here.
Fiber philosophy here.
If you are interested in alpacas as a lifestyle, here are some suggestions:
- Research, research, research! Potential new alpaca owners have a wide range of resources available to them; AOBA has an extensive library including books, videos and articles on alpaca husbandry, management, fiber, etc. all of which can be borrowed. Attend local events, such as clinics, shows or the national conference. Use the Internet we found articles describing the alpaca industry, where it's headed, the risks and rewards of ownership.
- Contact breeders in your area and arrange for farm visits. AOBA can send a packet of information containing regional listing of farms. Visit as many breeders as you can. All farms operate differently; you can gather ideas on what may be useful, such as fencing, barn structures, etc. Also, visit different sized farms to get a variety of farm philosophies and breeding programs. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS!
- Develop a business plan. Ask yourself the following questions… What do you want to do with the alpacas? Breed? Fiber production? Amount of initial investment? Land and shelter considerations? What will be your philosophy? What is your targeted clientele? Where do you want to be in 5 years or 10 years?
- Focus on quality - When selecting your initial purchase of alpacas. Find the best female alpacas for your initial investment and goals. Purchase the ones that meet your business plan and are right for you. Bred females offer a quick return on your investment. Always have a pre-purchase exam, which is required for insurance purposes. Check bite, teeth, eyes, ears, hearing, lungs, and legs for correctness and all over conformation.
- Locate a vet in your area, before you bring your alpacas home. If you can find one with camelid experience, great, if not find one who will work with you and explain his fee structure. Find a good source of hay, and look into grain and mineral supplements too!
Black Wolf Ranch started as a dream and is now a reality. Bret and I began looking into ways we could live in a rural setting and make a living. During our search we discovered alpacas and began diligently researching these amazing animals.
We continue our education daily with regard to the animals and thier fiber. We share our successes and failures with our clients, other breeders and friends. We continue to carefully research and plan our breeding program and practices and are working with fiber experts like Ian Watt (www.elitealpacabreedingsystems.com) to insure we can measure our results as we hone our own specific breeding and fiber objectives. We have been working with Sertified Sorters and NAAFP.
At Black Wolf Ranch, we dedicate our efforts to preserving the value and integrity of alpacas. However to sustain this life we are committed to the fiber industry and the alpaca breed. We breed for quality fiber, confirmation and character and work hard at promoting the alpaca lifestyle. Black Wolf Ranch is working towards the breeding principles developed and promoted by Dr. Jim Watts in Australia. His philosophy is known as SRS® and promotes soft bundling locks of fine and closely aligned long fiber. Dr. Watt’s breeding program is based on the selection of animals through objective measurement and visual markers of fiber characteristics.
Bret and I will discuss openly and honestly what is involved in starting an alpaca ranch and fiber business with any and all visitors. We will discuss the financial aspects, as well as the emotional aspects, because the alpaca’s well-being is the primary concern in our industry.
Our website offers some of the information we found as we researched the breed. Please look around and if you would like to talk with us, give us a call…we will be more than happy to share our experiences!