Alpacas at the Stock Show

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         One of the new owners of the Alpaca Vista Ranch, Tara Shinnick, was at the Stock Show January 13th  with two of her alpacas.

         One of the new owners of the Alpaca Vista Ranch, Tara Shinnick, was at the Stock Show January 13th  with two of her alpacas.

         Tara is originally from Chicago, but she has lived in Colorado for 10 years. Tara has a four-year old son, a dog ,a cat, and 23 alpacas. Tara takes care of the alpacas with the help of her husband Jon. Tara and Jon are both pilots and think,"…..the alpaca ranch is more like a side business that we do."Tara and Jon have been the owners of Alpaca Vista Ranch for only four weeks. They learned how to take care of their 23 alpacas with help of the previous owners.
        The Alpaca Vista Ranch started in 2000 with very few female alpacas. Now they have 18 females and some blue ribbon winners male alpacas. The Alpaca Vista Ranch motto is "where value and quality come together" The main goal for the Alpaca Vista Ranch is to increase the study of the alpacas each generation through particular breeding. The end result is better and finer alpacas; meaning alpacas that are fit, strong, fleeces that are thick and uniform in pleats.