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Heartland Criations Alpacas LLC
Buy with pride. Buy from the heartland.
Kathy Albert
2512 Knox Road 500 East
Rio, IL 61472
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Kathy Albert   ~   2512 Knox Road 500 East, Rio, IL 61472   ~   309-368-7354

AlpacaNation:  What sets your farm and herd apart from others in the industry?

Heartland Criations Alpacas LLC:  I would say the quality of care the animals receive and the quality of our facilities is what makes
the difference between our farm and other farms. We always go the extra mile to make sure our
care, maintenance and facilities are the best available. Plus, our animals are very approachable
because they are handled daily.

We are also here for the long haul and offer our customers first-class customer service both
before and after the sale!

AlpacaNation:  Tell us about yourself...

Heartland Criations Alpacas LLC:  Where to begin. . .I spent 18 years in education, both as an English teacher and as a high school
principal, I've sold real estate since 1995, and I serve as Executive Director of the Kewanee
Economic Development Corporation.

At Heartland "Criations" Alpacas LLC, we live the alpaca lifestyle and share in everything from
doing chores and building fence to raising, marketing and showing our alpacas. I've been in the
alpaca business since 2000, and I teach wet and needle felting classes, in addition to
maintaining products in four different locations, attending shows and festivals, etc.

AlpacaNation:  What advice would you give to those just getting started in the industry?

Heartland Criations Alpacas LLC:  My advice would be to spend a great deal of time researching. The more you research and the
more time you spend visiting farms, the more you will learn. This exposure will also allow you to
make educated decisions when it comes to purchasing, boarding, and/or housing your alpacas.
We also strongly recommend that you purchase the best animals available within your budget,
because there is no substitute for quality.

AlpacaNation:  How do you see the industry developing as the U.S. market grows rapidly?

Heartland Criations Alpacas LLC:  More and more people know what alpacas are, thanks to AOA and all of their advertising efforts.
The market is definitely growing, and this occurs because everything produced in the alpaca
industry is of top quality. The Alpaca Registry helps in this realm too because alpaca breeders
across the country are bettering their herds through selective breeding. This is not an industry
people venture into to make a quick buck. Alpaca ownership is an investment in itself, and
beyond that, it is a lifestyle--a great one!

While the industry has been around long enough to be stable, there are many, many areas of the
industry yet to be tapped--thus offering those getting into the business a number of different
avenues in which to take their business ventures!

AlpacaNation:  How long have you been in the alpaca business?

Heartland Criations Alpacas LLC:  Our alpaca venture began in 2000, after months and months of alpaca research and farm visits.
This was followed by months and months of farm preparation, barn building and fence building.

AlpacaNation:  How did you become interested in alpacas?

Heartland Criations Alpacas LLC:  I first saw an alpaca in an advertisement. I called my dad, who is a veterinarian, and I said,
"What are these????" Thus started the alpaca research!



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