Some people entering the alpaca business world for the first time are buying only fiber animals! Why? Because they want to harvest soft beautiful fiber and sell that. They are not interested in breeding and delivering babies. They are able to start their farms with relatively low cost because the alpacas are not expensive and the animals they want to buy are relatively easy to fine in their local area. They are able to build up a large herd quickly and have lots of fiber to sell. When a fiber boy is gelded, his fleece becomes remarkably softer because there are no longer hormones in his system that make fiber coarser. Of course, in the alpaca world, their fiber was already very soft before they were gelded. It just gets softer.
Alpacas are a hearty livestock and generally need much fewer vet visits than other livestock. They have a longer lifespan than other livestock - 20 - 25 years. Most importantly, they are "green" in that they are gentle on the earth and provide many (22 distinctive) colors that are all natural.
Examples of fiber boys are ones we have here at Summer Brook Valley Farm. They are beautiful animals, plus they all have gentle, loving natures.