Fire Sale: December 26, 2017 we lost our home to a fire and are needing to sell our alpacas. We have a small herd of nine alpacas and would consider doing a complete herd sale. At shearing this year, we had a local shearer shear our herd and he commented that our herd was one of the finest he had seen in the last seven years. We love our alpacas but need to sell them to a good home as quickly as possible.
Welcome to our website. We are Ron and Nalita Wright and are the owners of the Wrightplace Alpaca Ranch. Our ranch is an up-and-coming Huacaya (wha-kay-ah) alpaca operation that provides unique luxurious alpaca fleece and fiber products, animals and other future services (stud, transporting, etc.). Our vision is to grow our herd to approximately 15 to 30 animals and provide the highest quality of fleece and animals. Growing our business requires an investment we are just beginning to experience in the 18 months of owning the three alpacas (Gwendolyn, Naomi, Diamond) we purchased from Alpacas of Wildcat Hollow in January 2015. Our herd has grown and we now have two crias (Peewee and Betty) running through our paddock. We have dedicated our front porch to a small country shop where we sell unique products, fiber, fabric, rugs, hats, pillows, gloves, sweaters; the store will provide an outlet for crafter’s end products including custom orders. We are providing Share-a--sale links on this website to connect you to retail catalogs that sell alpaca products as well.
We are also realizing another byproduct of the alpacas beside fiber; the alpaca manure is a superb natural fertilizer for flower gardens.
What is an alpaca you ask? Alpacas are members of the camelid family, which includes camels and llamas. There are no such things as “wild” alpacas. They have always been a domesticated animal being the product of years of selective breeding. In the Incan culture, alpacas were a treasured commodity, utilized for garments, hides, fertilizer, and fuel. Alpacas have been in North American since the late 1800’s, but it wasn’t until 1984 that alpaca were imported in larger numbers from Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Australia and New Zealand.
The alpaca is a single-coated fiber animal, typically weighing between 120 and 175 pounds when fully grown. The average alpaca stands about 32 to 39 inches high at the withers (the ridge between the shoulder blades). Alpacas can become pregnant at around one year old, and have a gestation period of approximately 11 months. Newborn alpacas (crias) usually weigh 12-19 pounds at birth. A cria is usually up on its feet with a half hour of its birth, and is often seen running in the pasture on day two.
Alpaca fleece is lustrous and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and bears no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Without lanolin is does not repel water, it is also very soft and luxurious. Alpaca fiber is also flame-resistant, and meets the US consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards.
Alpacas are sheared once per year in the spring. Each shearing produces approximately five to ten pounds (2.2-4.5 Kilograms) of fiber per alpaca. An adult alpaca might produce 50 to 90 ounces (1420-2550 grams) of first-quality fiber (known as “Baby Alpaca” in the garment industry) as well as 50 to 100 ounces (1420-2840 grams) of second and third quality fiber.
We look forward to sharing our journey with you by having several open house events throughout the year where you can visit the ranch and say hello to the alpacas and browse through our country store.
3769 Stewart Farm Rd
Wamego, KS 66547-9207
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
During open houses
and upon request
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
During open houses
and upon request
In the beginning - 2015
After spending a good share of my life working in public service I decided it was time to reinvent myself. A couple years or so earlier I had visited an alpaca sweater shop in Colorado while on vacation and fell in love with the fiber. Then a year later I visited a zoo and noticed the alpaca exhibit and just how uncommonly peculiar but yet curious and likeable these animals were. After that visit, I jokingly commented on how every horse trailer we saw was a cute little alpaca trailer... and then my husband and I started jokingly saying I was going to turn our 30 acres into an alpaca ranch. These comments and these likeable little creatures kept turning up in almost every conversation we had. Just out of curiosity, I started researching alpacas, alpaca fibers (purchased a few items) and alpaca ranches and found one not far from our home. So when my sisters birthday rolled around, one of my gifts to her was always an adventurous excursion for a day, I asked if she would like to visit an alpaca ranch for her birthday, she was overjoyed with the idea. Within minutes of our visit, a beautiful white alpaca by the name of Anne came up and kissed me on the cheek.... the joking was over, I fell in love with the creatures!! I am writing contracts to purchase my first alpacas to build our herd, remodeling an old barn on our acreage, buying a new pump for the old well to install watering units, removing trees and building fences. Ron my husband and my sons have agreed to be my ranch partners.
Oh my goodness, We own an alpaca ranch in Kansas!
The ranch is located in the Kansas Flint Hills at 3769 Stewart Farm Road, five-miles west of Wamego, and 50-miles west of Topeka, Kansas.
Coming Soon in 2018