Alpacas welcomes you.
First of all, THANKS for visiting our website.
We're Chuck and
Nancy LaBresh and we're raising wonderful huacaya alpacas in the top
corner of North Eastern Tennessee. We think that this area, called "Upper
East Tennessee" by the old-timers, is one of the hidden
gems among all the nice places to live in the good old USA.
We like it so much
we left sunny Southern California to come here. Sold our house, packed
all our stuff into shipping containers, loaded the cats and whatever
we could fit into two cars and a tiny trailer, and headed off across
the country. Our alpacas followed separately via transporter. For more
details on how and why we made this drastic jump, click on Our
We love our Alpacas
and we think you will too. Just come by for a Ranch
Visit and we'll introduce you so you can decide for yourself.
You'll find that alpacas are people-friendly and easy to care for. They're
great on small acreage, and alpacas are an attractive investment, too.
Come and see.
Pictured above is our ranch as it was just
starting to take shape in early 2005. We spent several months buying land,
building a house, preparing barns and pastures for the alpacas, meeting
folks, and just learning about life here in Tennessee. To see pictures of the continuing
progress, click on Ranch
Jumping ahead four years to the present, we've now completed the house and continue to work on the barns, shelters and pastures. Here are current photos of the finished house, barns and of course, the alpacas, as of Spring, 2008.
Above you can see ten alpacas of the current thirteen that live on our farm. In the background are the neighbor's cows, separated (for BVD prevention) by double-perimeter fence and natural drainage. The cows are fun to watch too, both for us and for the alpacas:
For more photos of the ongoing changes on the farm, go to the Ranch Photos page. Whenever there's a newly arrived baby alpaca
we'll feature pictures of the young cria on the Our Herd page. (The next baby is due in October of 2008.) Though our latest crop of youngsters arrived
in 2007, we currently only show photos of Quest Of The Noble Night from May of 2006 on the Ranch
Photos or Herdsires pages. (We've got some catching up to do. Updated photos are coming soon. In June.)
Across the top
of this page (and every page on this site) are links that will give
you lots of information about Alpacas.
There's much to learn about these beautiful and inquisitive animals.
Have fun looking around. The Alpaca Financials page has great information on the investment value of alpacas. Coming soon in the third link will be detailed info on the evaluation of and uses for Alpaca Fiber. For handy and useful information on the care and feeding of alpacas, see the Alpaca Feeding link. The Alpaca Fun link will have goofy stuff about alpacas (as soon as I get it finished - ha, ha - by June, 08, really.) The last item on the list, Alpaca
Friends, will give you links to other alpaca-related sites
that are out there on the internet. Clicking on these will open them
in a new window. Again, have fun looking! There's lots to learn about alpacas, and you'll have a blast doing it.
Alpacas are waiting to meet you.
Come to Silver Thunder Alpacas and see
them up close.
You'll have fun
in your quest to learn about these amazing animals. Easy to care for,
friendly and fuzzy, it's easy to fall in love with ...
ideal small-acreage livestock.
Thanks again for
Chuck and Nancy
Bred and Hand Fed!
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page last updated 5/27/08