OUR COMMITTMENT TO YOU:
-All of our alpacas are ARI registered, whether they are breeding quality or not.
-All breeding quality alpacas purchased from us come with free 6 months agistment (boarding). We strongly encourage you to spend as much time here as you like learning about alpaca care & getting to know your animals so you're really ready to take them home.
-Long term agistment available at reasonable prices, including routine deworming and handling for veterinary care & computerized tracking of medical / show / reproduction / fiber history while here.
-Full written health guarantee, and complete medical history.
-Full disclosure of all known medical, behavior, breeding, and show history.
-Breeding stock animals are guaranteed breedably sound. Female breeding stock are sold with complimentary breeding to your choice of our herdsires, including our Live Female Guarantee.
-Live Female Cria Guarantee on breedings to our males:We will rebreed the same female to the same or another of our males for $500 if she produces a male that you choose to register as a nonbreeder prior to his second birthday..
-Free delivery on breeding stock purchases within 200 miles. Free delivery within the continental US for purchase of more than 2 breeding stock animals.
-Financing available on breeding stock animals. 20% down, balance over length to be agreed upon at prime +1% at time of purchase.
-Discounts for multiple breeding stock purchases.
-New owners receive a complimentary copy of Marty McGee Bennnett's book The Camelid Companion as our way of continuing to educate new owners on proper care & handling.
- 5% Loyal Customer Discount for return purchases (animals or breedings).
- Always available for after sale support.
- We are proud members of:
Alpaca Breeders of Western New York (ABWNY) - Sue is on the show committee Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI) Empire Alpaca Association (EAA) - Sue is currently on the Board of Directors and is the Treasurer and has been on the Ethics Committee since its inception. Mid Atlantic Alpaca Association (MaPaca)
Our journey into the alpaca world started innocently enough on a lazy Sunday morning in August of 2000. Sue came across a full page AOBA ad in Smithsonian magazine and the rest, as they say, is history. A casual interest soon became a mother and daughter venture (adventure?). Sue's animal raising skills coupled with Dona's desire to maximize retirement investments made the joint venture a natural. After thoroughly researching the industry, farm and website visits, and many conversations with an accountant, Andes Dandies, LLC was born and we've never looked back. We started our herd with the purchase of two adult females, one with a female cria by her side. They were soon followed by 3 more.....who were followed by the birth of crias.....who were followed by yet more purchases, then more crias....the herd just keeps on growing!
Dona is the mother of four children whose families are scattered across the countryside, except for Sue who lives a few miles away. Retired from the business world, Dona and her husband stay very active volunteering for the local hospital, food pantry, and Red Cross, as well as keeping up with their grandchildren's busy schedules. In addition, Dona recently earned the title Master Gardner from the Cornel Cooperative Extension. She has also begun to delve into the world of spinning alpaca fiber (who'd of guessed?) and creating hand made products from our own fiber.
Sue is the mother of two young adults. Her daughter is a graduate of Cornell University and she now customizes dairy herd nutrition programs for Blue Seal Feed Company. Katie can often be found at the farm as well as at the shows and often helps other farms show their animals as well. Sue's son, Andrew, attends Clarkson University majoring in Aeronatical and Mechanical Engineering. In 1992, after many years in retail management and human services, Sue decided to pursue a career change. She is now a full time Occupational Therapist at the local hospital, after earning her masters degree in 1998. Married to a grain farmer for over 26 years, raising alpacas is a natural progression having over 30 years experience with riding, training, showing, and breeding horses.
2005 marked 125 years since our large bank style barn was built. The farm sits on 200+ acres surrounded by the Iroquios National Wildlife Refuge. Great Blue Heron, American Bald Eagles, Canadian Geese, fox, and many other wonders of nature frequent the area. Niagara Falls is just a 40 minute drive away - come enjoy the wonders of nature while you visit with our wonderful alpacas!
The cobblestone and field stone foundation main barn was used as a dairy barn until 1979 when it was purchased by Sue's husband Steve and his brother as part of their farm operation. It was converted to a feeder pig finishing operation for several years in the 80s, but stood unused during the 90's with the exception of the massive upstairs being used to store straw grown on the farm.
Restoration began in the spring of 2001, and will continue as the need grows. Most of our alpacas currently reside in an annex to the main barn and we have begun to expand into the basement section as the herd grows. The basement of the barn stays wonderfully cool in the summer, and toasty warm in the winter, thanks to the insulating qualities of the surrounding ground and straw storage above. We have added a warm room complete with infrared heater for cold weather emergencies or births.
Our alpacas give nose greetings through the panel gates to our labradors, Abby and Molly. The dogs go to the barn daily but are never allowed in with the alpacas. The alpacas have come to know them well and are no longer afraid of them. When the alpacas first arrived, Abby and Molly quickly learned about the low strand of electric installed on the outside of the alpaca fence to ward off digging intruders! Our perimeter fence is predator resistant (both 4-legged and 2-legged) with hi tensile woven wire, topped with 2 strands of hi tensile electric and an additional strand of hi tensile electric near the ground around the outside. The perimeter gates are also padlocked and can be (and often are) electrified.
Thank you for stopping by at Andes Dandies! We invite you to come and visit, talk 'paca' and get to know these wonderful creatures, we know you'll love them as much as we do!
- Dona & Sue