Hill Country Alpacas is located near the Texas Hill Country town of Medina. You can find us just off Highway 16 between Kerrville and Bandera. Texas Highways Magazine calls Highway 16 one of the most scenic in Texas and far be it from us to argue that point.
Hill County Alpacas is owned by Leigh and Chuck Thomas. We discovered alpacas while searching for a meaningful lifestyle to follow a successful corporate career and something to fill the empty nest created by our children starting their own adult lives. We learned about alpacas from a magazine article featuring a family experiencing a similar life-phase. They had found great joy and purpose in raising alpacas. We visited their ranch and followed up with lots of independent research, including visits to other ranches. We were soon hooked. We love being in this business. And the friendships we have made along the way have made the decision to get involved with alpacas, all the more positive.
We have been raising alpacas in Texas since 2003, and are excited about the alpaca industry in North America and the future of Texas alpacas, more specifically. We love sharing our experiences, and the lessons we have learned. We would love to share them with you.
Lucca, is 100 pounds of LGD (Livestock Guardian Dog). He lives full time with the alpaca. He loves them and they love him...well okay, they appreciate him. Actually, they are pretty indifferent to his presence, which is exactly the way it should be. Be WE love him and he gives us extraordinary peace of mind as he is very conscientious about his work. Luke is a Maremma sheepdog. Both his mother and father are working dogs, and Luke has not breathed a breath of life on this earth that he has not been around livestock. For the first six weeks of his life, he helped his mom with her herd of sheep in Pennsylvania, and now he has HIS herd of alpaca.
When you agist with us, or bring your female and cria for breeding, Luke will gladly add them to the herd that he protects day and night.
We love Texas!
To honor our home state, we name some of our alpaca offspring (those that we own exclusively) for the counties of this great state. For a neat interactive tool that locates each of the 254 Texas counties and the names that have been the inspiration for our alpaca herd, click on this map of Texas.
In The News
Click HERE to read an article from Country World Magazine.
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