Objectives Aiming to achieve something makes us live !
For the Apprentice breeder, the first objectives are often to have his land or to finally receive his first animals. Then it is to live the first births and to go over the first challenges successfully.
When you reach a goal, you are doubly motivated and your company make a step. Without challenges, you end up getting bored, invariably. is making money a goal? Yes, it can. But this is not the kind of goal that will make you move truly personally and professionally...
Here are five others much more concrete and perfectly adapted to succeed in the alpaca!
1. Ultimate goal; A first goal!
Like any other company, when you are raising alpaca, you have to have a goal in mind if you want to move forward without scattering and doing something.
In the business world, it is very strongly suggested that we make a plan to put all our ideas on paper. And this "business plan" is scary and often seems an unnecessary chore to the one who doesn't necessarily want to stand before a banker (I was so much that girl at some time!!!).
Yet this "plan" is especially for us that we should do; To refer to it when you are overwhelmed and you do not know where to put our priorities... or just to realize, in moments of despair, that we have advanced and that we have come a long way since the beginning.
On paper, our goals are clear; By following them, we eliminate the superfluous which makes our days too crazy unnecessarily and we remotivate!
You can just start your "plan" by putting on paper this "Business Mission" (the exact official term!); A single sentence that encompasses your entire project. This is not the complete "business Plan", but an excellent start since it makes it possible to synthesize it. That's your main goal, your purpose. WHY is the question to ask yourself to find your mission.
When you know what you want to do exactly in your life (your project!), you will want to continue to think and put on paper how you see your company, to describe precisely what it is, how you wish to achieve this or that... and Complete your business plan. This is the first step that costs! And I reassure you, it's normal not to find exactly this business mission in 2 minutes!
One thing on the other hand that I strongly advise you; Don't work a business plan for months, it's pointless. You always have to validate your thoughts and for that, you have to be in action. A plan is not static but in motion.
Going back to writing this ultimate goal; It must be done honestly and in transparent manner. It requires you to plunge into oneself and ask yourself what you wish to do and not do, to recognize your values, your tastes, your interests and to express your personality by the creativity of your company.
You are going to live this goal that you put on paper; Needless to talk about going up Everest or traveling for 1 year if you deeply love the cocooning and hating to leave the house too long... therefore do not register a business mission that does not respect your aspirations and tastes simply to impress the gallery or because it is "what to do to make money". Yes, you have to know how to be an entrepreneur, but you don't betray yourself.
Allow yourself to dream of your ideal entrepreneurial world, but know that some objectives can be difficult to achieve, sometimes impossible and that they are not necessarily all profitable. It is the same thing in the world of alpaca; not all projects are necessarily profitable.
It is after having laid down on paper his plans that one can begin to think about these questions and analyze whether it is worthwhile to embark in this way; Just as well know it right now! You have the choice to give up before you have exhausted yourself to create this company or to change your project to another direction that you might like too.
2. What is the maximum number of alpacas you want to raise?
It is always possible to change your mind, just as it is possible to change the business mission of its breeding along the way. Why do we have to set that kind of goal?
Because limits help to move forward and have reflections about what we do. Because if you say to yourself, "I'm not riding the herd over 25 because I think I'll have enough for my current project," You're going to wonder what you're going to do when you get to that number.
This reflection prevents you not only from accumulating animals in your pastures and waking up one morning with a problem on arms (monetary and management), but can also allow you to develop new ideas and new goals for this exact moment when you're going to have your 25 alpacas.
It makes your company grow more and allows you to enrich it better... And in the long run, anyway, we all need new challenges to stay interested!
When you have reflections, you may change your plans, but your goal will already have done its job; The one to effectively structure your breeding, have made you realize something and helped you to set new challenges!
3. How much fibre will my animals carry in the future?
Fibre is the ultimate the goal of raising alpaca; This is what gives value to this animal and that is why the next goals are very much on this sought-after fiber.
At first glance, it sounds presumptuous; As if we could decide this, how much fibre his animals are going to wear!
But yes! The density, the length of regrowth, the cover of the fiber on the animal, the size of the alpaca... these are all parameters that can be improved over the couplings and with the quality of the feed. And it is by making the right choices that we improve the amount of fibre per animal.
Why such a goal? I admit that this is a somewhat less common goal because the majority of breeders want "fineness". But because each animal costs substantially the same thing to maintain and feed, going from 5 lbs per animal to over 10lb can possibly double the profits! This is not a proper monetary goal, but it does have an impact on the company's income and growth... while being much more concrete!
4. How fine will my animals be at 5 years old? What length of fiber?
Why five years? Because it is understood that it is at the age of 5 years that we can predict to 100% the destiny of our alpacas at the level of their fibre.
We can also establish at 1 year what finesse we want to have, as well as that at 10 years, if it is desired. We can decide to have a herd of less than 25 microns for life. The value of the alpaca fiber being set at 75-80% with the fiber fineness, it is a rather unavoidable goal as I said earlier!
The length influences the processing and care of the animals; When the animal no longer has a long enough fiber, it often needs special care when it is colder and its fiber can no longer be transformed into thread... Hence the idea that our animals always have an acceptable length and that they keep this length as long as possible!
The particularities of our ambitions always depend on our ultimate goal!
5. What character or physical trait do I want to accentuate; Commendable goals!
Today's cows are huge compared to the colonies ones in America! The dogs were selected for their physical or behavioral peculiarity to finally create distinct breeds. The selection of plant seeds is the best way to keep specimens that are most resistant to drought, which give more fruit or bigger fruits.
I am not talking about labs and a lot of crazy scientists, but a selection for a species evolution that naturally exists. Moreover, alpacas have changed a lot since the Incas (just like us!)!
But you don't have to deal with that, do you?
No, not at all!
An alpaca that does not give milk to its baby because it has none and which breeds yet excessive risk to make the breeding much more difficult and costly in the future... and even harm the reproduction of the species! Very aggressive behaviour can be costly in veterinary care and complexity animal care.
Choosing to reproduce alpacas that have positive characteristics that are other than the quality of the fiber (without forgetting it, of course!) only improves the profitability of your breeding, will perhaps allow you to specialize, but also to help all the alpacas herds around you! Perhaps even this selection will make the alpaca an animal more suitable for survival!
Yes, there are always ethical questions to be asked with these kinds of goals because it has a very significant impact around us. But since it's breeders who make the decisions to mate such animal with another in an environment that remains limited, breeders are as responsible for the positive as the negative that comes out; As well as positive!
Pot of... goals !
These are just a few examples of goals that we can have as an alpaca breeder, but there are tons that can have an impact on your specialization, your breeding, your work environment as a breeder... and your profitability!