Boarding Alpacas and Llamas
If you are new to alpacas, "agisting" is the term used to mean boarding alpacas or miniature llamas.
Agisting, or boarding alpacas and mini-llamas, is an option if you don't own acreage, or you are
still developing ranch facilities. Agisting at Able Oaks Ranch means treating your alpacas and mini-llamas
with the same loving care as I treat my own animals. Located on 50 acres of improved
pasture in Rusk, Texas, your alpacas will receive loving, individual attention at Able
Check with your tax consultant, but there are definite advantages to becoming a
by purchasing breeding stock
(the 179 deduction of "Jobs and Growth Reconciliation Tax Act) before the end of the year.
You can also write off travel expenses to visit your animals and educational workshops offered by
Able Oaks Ranch.
Forage and Shade: Able Oaks Ranch has eight large paddocks in which to rotate animals to new forage, as they graze
down grass in older paddocks.
Forage at Able Oaks Ranch includes a mixture of well-maintained grasses, including
bermuda, bahia and winter rye and wheat, and free-choice hay harvested from my own hay fields.
It is a
lush green most of the year, as we are fortunate to receive an average annual of 44 inches of
rainfall. Even in the deep winter, green winter rye and wheat grasses are available for grazing.
Forage is then appropriately supplemented with high-quality pellets and free choice vitamins and
minerals to optimize breeding, gestation, lactation, and healthy fiber production.
There is plenty of shade, a large barn with fans, loafing sheds in the paddocks, and a nice
breeze to provide comfort and protection from our hot Texas summers.
Tax Advantages of Boarding: Curious about taxes and "passive" ownership? The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Associations (AOBA)
offers the following explanation:
"The less active owner using the agisted ownership approach may not enjoy all of the tax
benefits (possible), but many of the advantages do apply. For instance, the passive alpaca owner can
depreciate breeding stock and expense the direct cost of maintaining the animals. The main
difference between a hands-on or active rancher and a passive owners involves the passive owner's
ability to deduct losses against other income. The passive investor may only be able to deduct
losses from investment against gain from the sale of animals and fleece. The active ranches can
take the losses against other income."
Passive ownership enables you to build
your herd until you are ready to "retire" or acquire acreage, while
supplementing your income and gaining some tax advantages at the same time. Please, check with your own
tax consultant about your particular situation.
Boarding fees are $75 per month with crias by mom's side free until 3 month's of age. Supplemental
milk feedings for a cria is $2 per feeding. Regular care,
such as toe-nail clipping and worming are free. All vet bills are at owner's expense
This page was last updated on October 5, 2010.