How do I choose/set up property for alpacas in Texas?

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Alpacas are small acreage animals, but when I looked at area counties in Texas, most required 10 acres to qualify for agricultural exemption. Check with your county or real estate agent. Avoid land with Johnson grass (toxic) and excessive burrs if possible. Coastal Bermuda grass is good. There are other toxic plants you will need to watch for, but Johnson grass is common and easy to avoid. You’ll be able to save on hay costs if you have a nice Coastal Bermuda pasture.

You’ll need a suitable shelter for your alpacas. In Texas, you can use carport style barns in areas where it doesn’t get too cold. You’ll need at least two areas to begin with- one for the girls and the other for the boys. Safe fencing option includes the 5 ft. no-climb horse fences. Welded wire can also be used, but they are not as strong as the woven wire.

Create a plan before you begin construction. Herd management is significantly easier with a well thought out layout. Come see our set up and adjust to your property.

You will also want to consider your hay storage area. Hay can be a big investment, and you don’t want to end up with tons of moldy hay. 24×24 covered hay barn can hold about 6 tons of hay (part of those bales are super-compressed).