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Old 01-28-2007, 03:48 PM   #21
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So... what made you think she was serious in the first place?

Speaking for myself, I like to talk out loud about all of the wonderful things we MIGHT do. Sell the house and RV full time. Buy a houseboat and float around the delta. Follow the Kaderlie's example and get one of those inexpensive trailer-things in Arizona -- maybe backpack around the world.

We'll do a small fraction of them, but it's great to fantasize and once in a while one of those fantasies comes true (Kilimanjaro / Safari, for example.)

What would it be like to give your wife a couple of days to entertain her dreams before you throw the wet blanket on them?
Oh it was all in good fun, she is soooo like me, we talk about anything that pops up in our little heads and bingo off to the races we go.

It is quite amusing, and my sister thinks we both are off our rockers!
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Re: Uh Oh the wife wants to raise Alpacas.
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,,,,we talk about anything that pops up in our little heads and bingo off to the races we go. It is quite amusing,,,,,
It's also resulted in some of the most fun DW and I have had. Sometimes really screwy ideas just pan out.
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,,,,,sheep don't have "kids", goats do. Sheep have lambs......
LOL, "sheepish" apology for not taking the time to write down both babies.
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And thus you are a total VEGAN, own NO LEATHER SHOES, wear only man-made fibers, and run a non-profit no-kill animal shelter for homeless pets!? . . . I get such a kick of PETA-like hypocritical generalizations like yours.
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Re: Uh Oh the wife wants to raise Alpacas.

Is your wife looking for something to do? Is life looking like a giant blank slate right now and she has no idea how to fill the time ahead?

Time to start brainstorming buddy!

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Is your wife looking for something to do? Is life looking like a giant blank slate right now and she has no idea how to fill the time ahead?

Time to start brainstorming buddy!

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Promote the idea that she have an affair. It will likely be cheaper, less annoying, and easier to wind up than raising stock.

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Urgh.. just coincidentally... a few days ago I'd heard about a farm near Radda in Chianti that raises "cashmere" goats, sells goat milk cosmetic products, spins the wool and has it hand-woven into shawls, sells baby goats, and even RENTS goats.. www.chianticashmere.com

I figured it would be a fun day trip.. maybe pick up some gifts..

DH, OTOH, started talking about what a great idea it would be to raise goats! He's been carried away with this for a couple days now... (Hook: The breeders claim they will buy back the wool you produce if you buy goats from them and set up your own operation.)

I think when the economy gets wierd these fads seem more atttractive. I know in the '30s in the US the rage was chicken farming. Around our area of Italy there was (in our friends' lifetime) first chinchillas, then nutria (a beaver-like rodent), then ostriches.. but none of them ever made any money for anyone. The non-native nutria escaped and naturalized themselves in a swampy area, where to this day you sometimes see squashed ones on the road..

I gather the nutria are big pests all over the world..
"Nutria Control" offers recipes to help with this environmental issue:
http://www.nutria.com/site14.php

Al.. wanna snag that for the RE Cookbook??
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Promote the idea that she have an affair. It will likely be cheaper, less annoying, and easier to wind up than raising stock.

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Promote the idea that she have an affair. It will likely be cheaper, less annoying, and easier to wind up than raising stock.

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I won't have much luck with that, my wife grew up on a farm............
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Phew! We got two cats when we first got married. 7.5 years later, I'll miss them when they go, but I'm glad the WILL go before we retire and start traveling. We can't go for more than a weekend getaway without making arrangements. If my kids ever ask for pets, it will be in the fish/turtle/hamster variety.
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I grew up on a livestock farm, raising cattle & hogs. Believe me, there is no quick easy way to make money. If there was, somebody would already be doing it. Anyone familiar at all with the commodity markets ? That's what you're getting into at it's most basic level. The Chicago Board of Trade doesn't care if you're cost of production is higher than their bid price. Alpacos ? Might be hard to see anywhere.

If you're looking for a hobby, more power to you. If you want to make money....don't quit your day job.

Getting someone to take care of your livestock is a whole lot different than finding somone to feed your dog or cat.
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Nutria are a big pest in Louisiana. My ex-gf used to talk about how they would tunnel and undercut the levees.
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Alpacas are a ponzi scheme...nothing more, nothing less/ You buy expensive animals and *THE ONLY WAY YOU MAKE MONEY* is to breed them and sell the expensive offspring to someone else who then must, in order to make money, find someone even dumber than himself to sell to...and the cycle continues.

Think about it like any other investment, what is the true value of the animal based on selling in anything other than a ponzi setup...you can sell some wool, you can butcher them and sell some meat and maybe even a few pelts...IF YOU ARE LUCKY you will cover the cost of their feed...their is no justification any other way.

The only way the whole system works is you must find someone even dumber than yourself to sell to....if you get in early enough, maybe you can make some money. I don't think its early enough anymore.



So you are saying it is just "alpaca - lies"?



A paper on the topic: - caution, PDF:

http://aic.ucdavis.edu/research1/alpaca_RAE.pdf

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I don't know about farming, but I do know that alpacas taste pretty good!
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Phew! We got two cats when we first got married. 7.5 years later, I'll miss them when they go, but I'm glad the WILL go before we retire and start traveling. We can't go for more than a weekend getaway without making arrangements. If my kids ever ask for pets, it will be in the fish/turtle/hamster variety.
Laurence,

Just a quick note on this one: Although you didn't have it on your short list, you may be interested to know that Rabbits can also be very long-lived. We found out the hard way!
(made a heck of a great Easter that year, tho)

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I don't know about farming, but I do know that alpacas taste pretty good!
Interesting. I've never heard of them being eaten. I thought all they were good for was pack animals and wool. Do they taste like venison, or do they have a distinct unique flavor?
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Anyone with a rabbit thats lived too long, I have a recipe for rabbit chili.

Alpaca tastes just like chicken.
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