Are alpacas expensive?
Price is directly related to the individual breeding potential and the potential quality of the offspring. For example, a wether (castrated male, sometimes called a gelding) has no breeding potential and is therefore the cheapest alpaca to buy (about a few hundred pounds). On the other hand, a high quality male with many good progeny on the ground has a very high breeding potential and can be worth many thousands of pounds. He can also command a high income from the stud services he provides.
Female prices are a reflection of quality, age, breeding history and to which stud male she is mated. Females can be worth anything from a few thousand pounds to ten thousand pounds.
Income from females is derived from selling the offspring. However, breeding plans should be made so that long term depreciation of the older breeders and increases in quality of offspring are taken into account.