The story of Cypress Bayou Ranch
Cypress Bayou Ranch is a working alpaca farm nestled between pine savannahs, cypress trees, live oaks and Graveline Bayou in the small town of Ocean Springs, MS. We have a small herd of seven females and five male alpaca (3 Black).
How did it begin? In the summer of 2004, we took a trip to Santa Fe, NM, and on the list of things to do was a planned visit to a real working alpaca ranch. Well, it was love a first sight! Consequently, we spent 2 days at the ranch learning about the animals and the purpose of raising alpaca. We owned a parcel of land in Coastal Mississippi but were not sure if the alpaca could live in this hot humid territory. After researching the climate factors, we decided that we could raise alpaca in South Mississippi; therefore, we began our business plan for the ranch.
In August 2005, things were moving along, the land was cleared and prepared for pasture, the barn build was finished and fencing for the pasture was in progress. Than came Hurricane Katrina! Fortunately, the animals had not yet arrived; it was spring 2006 before we actually had our first alpaca delivery.
During the summer of 2006, our alpaca were sent to Summer Camp in New Mexico. The reasons were to breed our female alpaca, since we did not have a male in our herd, and to protect the herd while we prepared our farm for future hurricanes. Today, we live in our new house on the farm and we work diligently to keep the animals healthy and happy here in coastal Mississippi.
Our Goals are to educate the local craft community about the use and value of alpaca fiber; consequently, creating a niche market with demands for our product, and to produce and sell animals from our small herd.
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