Able Oaks Ranch is owned by Virginia Lyons, who offers excellent show and investment
quality huacaya alpacas and miniature llamas. The ranch is in the
beautiful Piney Woods region of East Texas near historic Rusk, conveniently located midway between
Dallas, Houston, Austin and Shreveport.
The upcoming Free Open Ranch Day on Sat. Oct 9
will focus on halter training and leading with some light groomomg of llamas. It's also a great chance for you to get a
hands-on experience of alpaca ranching.
Mission: The breeding program focuses on producing elite alpacas and mini-llamas of enduring quality
that will provide new breeders with superior foundation stock and experienced breeders with the
upgrade genetics necessary to take them to the next level in their breeding program. The
central principle is to produce elite alpacas with correct physical structure
and elite fleece of exceptional fineness. I also strive to provide outstanding customer service and
personalized mentoring for new owners, so that new clients become long-time friends.
Alpaca Herdsires: My herdsires emphasize persistent fiber fineness and solid color. When you're ready to "breed-up" to obtain first-class genetics, you'll find
award-winning herdsires in many colors from lines such as Hemingway, Dom Lucillio, Peruvian Royal Fawn, Peruvian Caligula, Peruvian Vengador, Peruvian Platinum, Lanark's
Silver Charm, Patagonia's Danko, and Shere Khan. Some of my machos are the only representative of
their genetic lines in the Southwest,
so you can get something that few in this area have. Returning customers receive discounted stud fees.
Miniature Llamas: My miniature llamas all think they are ten feet tall, but are about 1/2 the size of a standard
llama; and therefore much, easier to handle. They are exceptional guard animals, and their
wonderful fiber is harvested for many textile applications. Best of all, they are "people
friendly" with loads of personality. There only about 650 registered mini-llamas in the USA, but
lots of demand for them.
News Flash: I now have the very rare appaloosa miniature llamas! Their
polka dot markings are quite stunning.
Free Alpaca Library: My free library of over 30 articles provides
more detailed knowledge about the alpaca and llama business, ideas for setting up ranch facilities,
nutrition, breeding, and much more.
Educational Events: If you are researching alpacas and mini-llamas, Able Oaks Ranch
offers numerous educational events throughout the year. Monthly free Open Ranch Days are ideal if
you are researching whether alpaca and llama ranching is for you. The "Get Started Ranching
Alpacas" and "Fabulous Fiber" workshops are among the best in the country and provide in-depth
information to get you started developing your own sucessful alpaca business.
Boarding Alpacas and Llamas: If you do not have acerage, Able
Oaks Ranch provides boarding services for
your livestock. The ranch is fortunte to be in a climate of abundant rainfall (most
years), so there is plenty of green nutritious pasture. Eight separate paddocks enable herd
rotation to new forage as older paddocks are grazed down. You can rely on appropriate
nutritional supplements, access to superb vet care (if required), daily attention, and
excellent communication on a regular basis about the status of your boarded animals.
This page was last updated September 29, 2010.