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) - Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI) Empire Alpaca Association (EAA) - Sue is a past member of the Board of Directors x 6 years and past Treasurer and has been on the Ethics Committee since its inception.
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?). 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 stays very active volunteering for the local hospital, food pantry, and Red Cross. In addition, Dona is a 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. One of her creations took Best of Show at the 2012 Empire Alpaca Extravaganza Fiber Arts competition!
Sue is the mother of two young adults. Her daughter is a graduate of Cornell University and most recently received a Masters degree from D'Youville College and is now a Physician's Assiistant. 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, is finishing his Masters degree in Engineering at Clarkson University after receiving his Bachelor's 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. Sue has ridden horses most of her life and spent many years breeding, training and showing in both local open/4-H and class A breed shows, so raising alpacas is a natural progression.
2010 marked 130 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 late 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.
The female alpacas currently reside in an annex to the main barn and the males run out of the 'basement' of the bank section of the main barn. We have added a warm room complete with infrared heater for cold weather emergencies or births.
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. In addition we have two LGDs (Livestock Guard Dogs) who reside primarily in the males' pasture to protect them from stray dogs, coyotes, or any other threats that may come along. Bred for centuries to protect their herds, these dogs have proven invaluable to us in peace of mind, especially since our property backs up to the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.
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