Ron and Judi Allread discovered alpacas the fall of 2002 and immediately started researching all aspects of raising these gentle, inquisitive and hardy animals. Not just the care requirements, but the investment opportunity and what it would take to start a new life at a much slower pace than the metropolitan lifestyle they'd grown tired of. It took just one visit to a local alpaca breeder to convince them that this was what they wanted to do. The hardest decision to be made was whether to raise huacaya or suri or both!!
The huacaya fiber grows straight out, unlike the suri which grows in long silky tendrils, or dreadlocks. It was the "teddy-bear look" and perpetual smile of the huacaya that captured Ron and Judi's hearts!
They bought their first huacaya alpacas: two pregnant females with cria due that season; one maiden, who was Grand Champion Female at the 2003 Alpacapalooza Show; and a pet quality male named "Jimmy". They bought the alpacas before they sold their Seattle home, and found a 10-acre piece of land with only a house on it in beautiful North Idaho.
Their new farm was nestled between Spokane, Washington and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on the Rathdrum Prairie outside Post Falls. With a blank slate to work with, plans were quickly initiated to get a barn put up and fencing completed in anticipation of the 6 alpacas (two female cria had been born) arriving from Seattle. Their farm quickly grew to the current size with yet another cria due mid October.
The alpaca National Show took them to Kentucky, where they fell in love with the Commonwealth and its people. During 2010 their dream of moving was realized when they discovered Springfield! All 23 alpacas were transported to their new home, with Ron and Judi following close behind.
Are they happy with their decision? The answer is YES!
Once a new building was erected, they opened the Serano Alpacas & Yarns Farm Store, filling it with Made in USA and Kentucky Proud handcrafted items, alpaca yarns, alpaca apparel and even some decorative collectibles and antiques. They are proud to be supporting local farms, businesses and artisans in their store.