Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch
We’d do anything for our animals—and for the people who buy from us.
From the grass we feed to the training we implement, everything we do contributes to show-quality animals bred with luxurious fleece, textbook conformations, and winning dispositions.
We intern with vets and get certified as fiber judges so we know every detail about our animals. We spend countless hours strategizing, calculating, and debating about who to breed. Heck, we even fly to Australia to see what merino and alpaca ranchers there are doing.
The reason we do all this? So that we raise alpacas who are happy and healthy. Who have amazing fleece and even more amazing personalities. Who are ready to storm the show circuit, breed incredible cria, and take your herd to the next level.
Our animals are everything to us, so when you bring one home, they can be everything to you.
A Little History:
It was ten years ago that I saw a huggable white baby alpaca in the Living Section of the local newspaper. There was an alpaca show at the Portland Expo Center that weekend… I wanted to go, my husband joined me. He really didn’t understand why, but he went. Once we got there, we asked questions and learned that some people made a living breeding and selling these cute animals.
On our drive home we talked about my interest in these critters and my husband just listened. He suggested that I read more about them if I was that interested. Well, my reading turned into more discussions and my husband, Bill (is a CPA by trade) started calculating….the initial investment to the sale of the animals. Over the next year with our researching off the internet, reading books, going to classes, visiting many different farms and ranches, we decided to purchase a group of five girls. Since our family lived in a neighborhood, these animals needed to be taken care of by someone else. Over the next three years, we agisted at two different locations. My job was working with the animals, taking part in Monday morning veterinary checks, and whatever else needed to be done. If was full-time from the beginning, but so much fun.
Since our first investment of 5 girls 11 years ago, we now have an 18+ acre property.The property came with a mobile home on it and rows and rows of cane berries in Molalla, Oregon. We have taken out all but six long rows of berries, built a barn and home, turned the cane rows into green pastures, and now have a total of 80+ alpacas. We have we come a long way… we’ve learned and done so much! Our family life has changed from city to country. Bill has resigned from the corporate world and is now a retired AOA Judge for Alpaca Fleece and Performance….. I’m still just as excited about scooping poop and taking care of our herd, and the four kids have reconfirmed their thoughts… we really are nuts! After all of this… if you asked us now… would we do this again and we’d answer, “In a heartbeat!”