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About Mary and Troy Ogilvie
When co-owners Mary and Troy Ogilvie were in Santa Fe, New Mexico a few years ago, they came across a shop they had never seen before.   A beautiful lady from Peru was selling garments made from Alpaca.  Troy thought that selling the garments to Texas retailers or retailing the garments themselves would be a good thing to do when they retire from their careers.  After returning home in 2002, Troy started doing internet research on "Alpaca".  However, the internet had a surprise for him.  He found lots of information about the animals and almost nothing about the excellent garments.

Researching Alpacas
When the information about raising, breeding and selling Alpacas came across the internet, Troy changed the focus of his research.  The Ogilvies joined state, regional, and national Alpaca organizations.  Soon, Troy and Mary started attending Alpaca shows and seminars, and visiting Alpaca ranches whenever they got the chance.  As their research continued, the breeding, showing, and animal sales aspects of the Alpaca industry became the primary focus of the Ogilvie's new business model.  In 2004, they bought their first animal, moved to a log home in a hardwood forest in Northeast Texas, and began working to prepare the ranch for the animals to arrive.  The Alpaca apparel aspect is still an important part of their overall business, and the Ogilvies take pleasure offering the highest quality Alpaca garments they can find.  Call Timber Lodge Alpacas to learn more about the Ogilvie's Alpacas, and their Alpaca garment business.

The Alpaca Lifestyle                                                                                                       
Many folks, from all aspects of life, have found the alpaca lifestyle rewarding.  Alpaca ranching offers the opportunity of living outside the hussle and bustle of the city, to raise a family, or to retire on a bit of property.  There are many benefits to alpaca ranching; too many to list completely, but here are a few:                                                                                         
* Alpacas can thrive on small acreages.  Providing forage for 5 to 10 alpacas per acre is perfectly adequate.                                                                                                                      
* Alpaca ranching is naturally sustainable.  The product alpacas provide is their extremely fine fiber, which is shorn once a year, and comes in 22 natural colors.  The alpacas are not harmed in the shearing process, and they live in excess of 20 years.  Alpacas bear one cria (baby alpaca) per year, thereby preserving their habitat by avoiding overpopulation.               
* Alpacas are environmentally friendly.  They have a soft pad on their two-toed feet, so they do not damage the ground.  Alpacas do not kill grass by eating the roots.   Alpacas use common waste piles, so clean up is easy and quick.  Their waste products are less odorus than other livestock, and after composting becomes a very high quality soil amendment.                 
Timber Lodge Alpacas is a family owned and operated ranch in Kaufman, Texas.  The ranch is operated as a sustainable agricultural business, which is environmentally sensitive, and concerned for the humane care of the animals.

Members of:

AOA (Alpaca Owners Assn.)

TxOLAN (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Mexico)

ARI (Alpaca Registry, Inc.)

Alpaca Culture (Magazine, Directory, information about the alpaca industry)