Alpacas, it’s now the new cash cow

Llamas and Alpacas as a Metaphor for Life There’s a lot of money to be made in [tag]alpaca farming[/tag] — at least for now. But those who have taken the plunge, many of them [tag]Floridians[/tag], say they’re happy to have an investment they can hug.

Mike and Sheila Temple wanted a way to pass the time and earn extra cash after their two sons graduated from high school. [tag]Flipping real estate[/tag] made them some money, but their hearts weren’t in it. They wanted an investment they could hug. In 2003 the Temples moved from [tag]Palm Harbor[/tag] to [tag]Citrus County[/tag], sold their last property and used the money to buy something entirely different: an alpaca. They now care for 27 of the hug-friendly animals on their 20-acre farm south of [tag]Crystal River[/tag], and they hope a healthy profit is on the horizon.

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