From a meager farmer’s dream of fulfilling a passion of working with animals, Keith and Nancy Chapel of Alpaca Country Estates purchased six loveable Huacaya alpacas in November of 2006. Since that time Nancy has built a strong breeding program with hundreds of alpacas emphasizing uniformity, fineness with a soft handle, brightness, and density with the main objective of working with black and grey genetics.
Through a ranching background with cattle and horses, Nancy soon found herself a few years ago wanting to create top lines and add fawns to the list, and sure enough, when some drop dead whites were born in 2014, she began to breed for a small amount of whites also. In 2017, they have been rewarded with color champions or reserve championships in black, grey, brown, fawn, and white. They will continue to strive to improve their high set of goals and standards within the alpaca community.
One of Alpaca Country Estates/Patagonia Estates strongest assets is owning high-quality herdsires as well as quality dams. With over thirty current herdsires, hours and hours are spent on which animal is the ultimate choice to breed to whom, and there is nothing better than the thrill to reap the benefits when you see the results of your labor of love by viewing that newly born cria!
Art Izer and Nancy were married in 2016 after both losing their loved ones in 2007. With Art’s knowledge of cattle and horses, he is an easy study with alpacas and the pair would love for you to visit their picturesque ranch in Terrebonne, Oregon, where they produce their own hay, strive for a green planet, design alpaca clothing, quilts, and have top-line alpacas of every color!
phone (541) 504-4226