Alpaca farm proves lucrative for couple

first_imgA shaggy black alpaca named Othello races through his pen, while Brian Weiner’s ‘Vette sits in the mud.Weiner’s a media guy, who deals with some of the biggest companies in the entertainment business to produce DVDs. Never did the 46-year-old think he’d end up a rancher, handing out feed to a herd of fuzzy-headed creatures known for being enthusiastic spitters.Weiner and run As You Like It Alpacas in Somis, a Shakespeare themed alpaca farm.Three years ago, Weintraub taught high school German and English. Now she’s got a four-wheel drive and the healthy look of someone who works the land.“I never really imagined myself doing this,” she said, feeding her shaggy charges. “I didn’t even know this was a business, but it’s great.”The couple got into the business on a lark, hearing about alpaca ranching as a way to shelter money from income taxes. Weiner, who owns the Woodland Hills-based media distribution company The Illusion Factory, put in $65,000, bought four animals.Alpacas turned out to be a pretty nice little business. Cultivated for their fine wool, the creatures bring in around $800 to $1,000 a year.A baby female can bring more than $10,000, a sum that doubles by the time she’s a year old. A good herd sire can sell for up to $250,000 and can bring home up to $60,000 annually in stud fees.“It’s a whole different lifestyle,” Weiner mused. “Having these running around in your backyard is like coming home to Bambi. It’s cathartic.” his wife Claudia Weintraub [email protected](818) 713-3738 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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