Wings and A Prayer Alpacas was established in 1998 and we're looking forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary
in 2018! Our original "plan" was to enjoy our animals, the lifestyle they offer, and maybe even make a little "extra"
money for our future. Our alpaca adventure started with just one female and has grown to close to 100 animals.
to alpacas, Randy worked as a Journeyman Mechanic and Barbara was an executive secretary. When our herd kept growing and we
were running out of day after working away from the farm and then coming home to "do the alpacas", we realized something
had to change - and fast! Randy quit his "paycheck" job in May of 2003 to operate Wings and A Prayer Alpacas full
time. Barbara's job was permanently eliminated in July of 2003 and we have been full time alpaca farmers ever since, never
once looking back. We feel very fortunate to have found alpacas when we did, and have been able to "retire" from
our normal J.O.B. (Just Over Broke!). These animals are our passion AND our livelihood.
The toughest bite for
new breeders (and seasoned ones, too!) is the sticker shock when looking to purchase breeding stock. As we found out when
purchasing our first animals, most alpaca breeders will find a way to be creative when buying (AND selling!) animals. Our
herd at Wings and A Prayer Alpacas has been purchased through buying & selling cars (Randy's hobby), cashing in 401K's,
refinancing our home, etc. We even talked mom into buying 1/2 of a female with us (just had to have her!!) Where there's a
will, there's a way, and we just made it happen.
In July of 2007 Wings and A Prayer Alpacas moved to our new farm
in beautiful Amity, OR. Amidst the wineries and rolling hills we have finally found "the farm" that will support
our animals and our quest for serenity and room to spread out. We are very easy to find, located on the way to the Oregon
coast, Salem, Portland, and, did I mention wineries?!?
We also have a retail alpaca store located on the farm.
If we're home, it's open, whether the sign says so or not! You'll find a selection of alpaca clothing, home decorating accessories,
and everything alpaca. Inventory is growing and constantly changing. What a great feeling it is to have the complete circle,
from raising our alpacas to the finished products, made from their incredible fiber. And, if you're looking for something
specific and don't see it in our store, please ask - we're happy to try and locate for you. Our herdsires have taken
Wings and A Prayer Alpacas to a new level and we have many visiting females (and assorted crias) coming and going for breedings.
We have a complete color range from black to white, suris and huacayas, males, females, weanlings, bred females, fiber animals,
and packages. Our farm is always open to anyone who wants to come by and see or talk about alpacas, whether you are seasoned
breeders or merely interested in learning more about alpacas and the lifestyle they offer. If we're home, our farm (and our
alpaca store) is open - welcome!
Thanks for your interest in alpacas - we know you will enjoy learning about them
and visiting farms in your area. Please call to schedule your farm visit at Wings and A Prayer Alpacas and let us introduce
you to our animals and our lifestyle.