Choosing between 2 or 3 alpacas is sometimes a very difficult decision. And, Selecting your original foundation herd can be overwhelming and confusing to new alpaca breeders.............
......"Should we buy (Alpaca A) 3/4 Accoyo, 7/8 Peruvian fawn girl that is 7 years old (6 months pregnant to a no name champion), very fine , dense, excellent sheen, good crimp, and very typey with 2 champion offspring on the ground OR
(Alpaca B) the brown(more desirable color) 2 year old and not yet pregnant(but is being bred to a top 10 herdsire in US), she is a 3 time color champion, full Peruvian that is very dense, excellent crimp, average fineness and sheen, has 3 very well known champion herdsires in the lineage, but no Accoyo bloodlines?"
Alpaca A cost is $25,000 Alpaca B cost is $23,500
Which is the better Value? Pretty darn hard to figure out in your head, isn't it ?
Download the Alpaculator excel spreadsheet below and discover who is more valuable in the market place! Market trends change, and this tool is has been designed to easily change to reflect current market trends.
Last market adjustment to the alpaculator was done on 2-27-2009
There are many variables that affect the quality, and **market value of an alpaca. Deciding how to factor in all of these variables to come up with a good buying decision, can be difficult for newbies. So, we developed a tool, called the Alpaculator, to help new breeders figure out which girls they should buy.
**The spreadsheet is currently loaded with one experienced breeder's assessments of the 2009 alpaca market values.
Plug in all the alpacas you are considering. Let the Alpaculator do all its computations. Store all your alpacas on the Alpaculator that you are considering for purchase until you have concluded who the obvious Best Value alpacas are!
This helpful tool gives the user a "relative value" for each compared alpaca. The alpaca with the highest "relative value" score within your sampling is the BEST VALUE. The relative value score reflects the percentage alpaca criteria score, divided by the "price Paid" (as a % compared to the others in the sampling).
Individual Breeder's weighting preferences will vary. Changes to the weighting of the criteria can be easily modified for your own pleasure. Click on the Criteria tab at the bottom of the excel page and double click on the box you would like to change.
To use the Alpaculator , open the Excel file and save it on to your hard drive. A box should appear asking you to save or run. choose Save. Trying to "run" this excel program on browsers, such as, Internet Explorer, will not allow the Alpaculator program to function to its fullest extent.
DIRECTIONS: Go to the bottom of the page of this excel file. Click on the calculations tab. Click on the blue shaded box of each Criteria and an arrow will appear. Click on the arrow and six adjectives will appear for that Criteria. Select the adjective that best describes this particular alpaca. A total weighted score will tally up all the criteria for Alpaca A.
Now repeat this for Alpaca B and C. Compare total scores. The highest score indicates the highest valued alpaca on the market. Compare your scores with the prices of each alpaca and you will probably spot the Best Value Alpaca right away.
The AlpacaRosa would like to thank Aardwolf Alpacas for their assistence in the Excel software and allowing us to further develop the Alpaculator.
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