Page: AOBA Relationships
1. Are you currently a Farm or Associate member of AOBA?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Farm Member  89.1%   1270 
 Associate Member  10.9%   156 

answered question   1426 

skipped question   17 

2. What region are you from?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Pacific (AK,CA,OR,WA)  16.8%   240 
 Mountain (AZ,CO,ID,MT,NV,NM,UT,WY)  12.2%   174 
 West North Central (IA,KS,MN,MO,NE,SD)  5.9%   85 
 East North Central (IL,IN,MI,OH,WI)  23.0%   330 
 Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY,PA)  14.0%   201 
 New England (CT,ME,MA,NH,RI,VT)  6.6%   95 
 South Atlantic (DE,FL,GA,MD,NC,SC,VA,WV)  11.0%   158 
 East South Central (AL,KY,MS,TN)  3.6%   52 
 West South Central (AR,LA,OK,TX)  5.7%   81 
 Canada  1.0%   14 
 Other Country (please specify)  0.2%   3 

answered question   1432 

skipped question   11 

3. How long have you been a member of AOBA?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 12 months or less  14.5%   207 
 13 - 36 months  29.6%   423 
 37 - 60 months  22.6%   323 
 5 years+  33.3%   476 

answered question   1429 

skipped question   14 

4. Which of the following organizations are you affiliated with? (Mark all that apply)

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 ARI (Alpaca Registry Inc.)  88.4%   1213 
 AFCNA (Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America  23.0%   316 
 TSN (The Suri Network)  9.8%   134 
 ALASKA  0.2%   3 
 ABA (Alpaca Breeders of Arizona)  1.7%   23 
 ABR (Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies)  6.3%   87 
 AB4C (Alpaca Breeders of Four Corners)  0.9%   12 
 AROW (Alpaca Ranchers of the NorthWest)  1.7%   23 
 ASFN (Alpaca Small Farm Network)  0.7%   9 
 CABA (Columbia Alpaca Breeders Assn.)  2.9%   40 
 CABO (Carolina Alpaca Breeders & Owners)  1.4%   19 
 CALPACA (California Alpacac Breeders Assn.)  5.1%   70 
 CANADA  1.1%   15 
 DSAC (Deep South Alpaca Connection)  0.8%   11 
 EAA (Empire Alpaca Assn.)  7.2%   99 
 EVAA (Emerald Valley Alpaca Assn.)  0.3%   4 
 FABA (Florida Alpaca Breeders Assn.)  0.7%   10 
 GAA (Georgia Alpaca Assn.)  1.3%   18 
 GLAA Great Lakes Alpaca Assn.)  5.6%   77 
 IAOBA (Illinois Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assn.)  2.1%   29 
 IMpaca! (Intermountain West Alpaca Assn.)  1.2%   16 
 KAA (Kentucky Alpaca Breeders Assn.)  1.2%   17 
 MABA (Maryland Alpaca Breeders Assn.)  1.5%   21 
 MAPACA (Mid Atlanntic Alpaca Breeders Assn.)  11.1%   153 
 MOPACA (Midwest Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assn.)  4.1%   56 
 NEAOBA (New England Owners & Breeders Assn.)  7.0%   96 
 NJAC (New Jersey Alpaca Community)  1.6%   22 
 OABA (Ohio Alpacas Breeders Assn.)  8.5%   116 
 PNAA (Pacific Northwest Alpaca Assn.)  1.5%   21 
 PAOBA (Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assn.)  5.2%   72 
 SEAA (Southeastern Alpaca Assn.)  3.9%   53 
 SoCAL (Southern California Alpaca Assn.)  2.4%   33 
 SOJAA (State of Jefferson Alpaca Assn.)  1.9%   26 
 STAR (State of Texas Ranchers)  1.8%   25 
 TxOLAN (Alpaca Assn incl. TX, OK, LA, AR, & NM)  5.7%   78 
 VAOBA (Virginia Owners & Breeders Assn.)  3.9%   53 
 WABA (Willamette Alpaca Breeders Assn.)  0.8%   11 
Other (please specify)
 14.3%   196 

answered question   1373 

skipped question   70 

5. If you are a member of an affiliate, which did you join first, AOBA or your affiliate?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Not a member of an affiliate  11.7%   158 
 AOBA first  70.4%   950 
 Affiliate first  10.1%   136 
 Don't Remember  7.8%   105 

answered question   1349 

skipped question   94 

6. When did you first hear about alpacas in the United States?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 2003 or earlier  79.7%   1140 
 2004  9.8%   140 
 2005  7.3%   104 
 2006  3.2%   46 
 2007  0.1%   1 
   0.0%   0 
   0.0%   0 
   0.0%   0 
   0.0%   0 
   0.0%   0 
   0.0%   0 
   0.0%   0 
   0.0%   0 
   0.0%   0 
   0.0%   0 

answered question   1431 

skipped question   12 

Page: Information from AOBA
7. How did you first hear about alpacas in the United States?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Television show  3.0%   9 
 Television advertisement  19.9%   60 
 Newspaper article  4.6%   14 
 Newspaper advertisement  0.3%   1 
 Magazine article  8.0%   24 
 Magazine advertisement  4.0%   12 
 Word of mouth  13.9%   42 
 Internet search  6.0%   18 
 County/State Fair  8.9%   27 
 Alpaca/Livestock Event  5.0%   15 
 Nearby Farm  8.9%   27 
 Don't Remember  4.0%   12 
Other (please specify)
 13.6%   41 

answered question   302 

skipped question   1141 

8. Did you contact AOBA at that time?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Yes  27.6%   83 
 No  70.1%   211 
 Don't Remember  2.3%   7 

answered question   301 

skipped question   1142 

9. Did you visit the AOBA website to find farms?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Yes  53.6%   162 
 No  42.4%   128 
 Website Not Available At That Time  0.0%   0 
 Don't Remember  4.0%   12 

answered question   302 

skipped question   1141 

10. Did you receive a Farm and Ranch Guide (formerly Breeders' Directory) from AOBA?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Yes  60.3%   182 
 No  33.8%   102 
 Not Available At That Time  1.3%   4 
 Don't Remember  4.6%   14 

answered question   302 

skipped question   1141 

11. How useful was the information you received from AOBA?

Not Very Useful Neutral Very Useful N/A Rating Average Response
Count
AOBA Information 2.5% (7) 1.4% (4) 2.8% (8) 1.4% (4) 12.8% (36) 7.4% (21) 8.5% (24) 17.4% (49) 13.1% (37) 22.0% (62) 10.6% (30) 7.44  282 

answered question   282 

skipped question   1161 

Page: Current Alpaca Ownership
12. Have you EVER owned alpacas?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Yes  90.3%   1285 
 No  9.7%   138 

answered question   1423 

skipped question   20 

13. Do you CURRENTLY own alpacas?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Yes  97.4%   1393 
 No  2.6%   37 

answered question   1430 

skipped question   13 

Page: Original Purchase & Description of Herd
14. When did you purchase your first alpaca(s)?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Never Purchased  0.0%   0 
 1993 or earlier  3.9%   49 
 1994  1.4%   17 
 1995  0.8%   10 
 1996  3.3%   41 
 1997  3.7%   46 
 1998  4.0%   50 
 1999  5.1%   64 
 2000  5.4%   68 
 2001  7.2%   90 
 2002  11.8%   148 
 2003  13.5%   170 
 2004  15.0%   189 
 2005  13.2%   166 
 2006  10.9%   137 
 2007  1.0%   13 

answered question   1258 

skipped question   185 

15. How many farms did you visit before your first purchase?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 0  3.3%   39 
 1  15.0%   180 
 2  16.5%   198 
 3  22.7%   272 
 4  13.3%   160 
 5  11.9%   143 
 6  5.9%   71 
 7  2.1%   25 
 8  2.5%   30 
 9  0.8%   9 
 10+  6.2%   74 

answered question   1201 

skipped question   242 

16. Thinking back to when you purchased your first alpaca(s), how important were the following criteria in selecting the farm from whom you purchased you animals?

Not at all important Very important Rating Average Response
Count
Farm well maintained/barns clean 1.6% (20) 0.9% (11) 2.0% (25) 2.7% (34) 7.6% (95) 5.9% (73) 10.7% (134) 15.8% (197) 14.3% (178) 38.5% (480) 8.09  1247 
Could buy a discount package 13.4% (165) 4.0% (49) 5.0% (62) 4.9% (60) 10.6% (130) 8.0% (99) 8.9% (110) 13.3% (163) 10.9% (134) 21.0% (258) 6.34  1230 
Herdsires had excellent show records 13.2% (161) 6.4% (78) 9.8% (119) 7.8% (95) 15.0% (183) 8.3% (101) 8.8% (107) 10.8% (131) 8.6% (105) 11.3% (138) 5.50  1218 
Well known bloodlines 9.6% (118) 5.7% (70) 7.4% (91) 7.6% (93) 14.5% (178) 7.7% (94) 8.4% (103) 11.6% (142) 9.8% (120) 17.8% (218) 6.09  1227 
Promised superior service/support 2.8% (35) 1.5% (18) 3.0% (37) 2.6% (32) 7.8% (96) 5.7% (71) 9.0% (111) 13.3% (164) 15.4% (190) 38.9% (481) 7.96  1235 
Many alpacas to choose from 4.8% (60) 2.6% (32) 6.5% (80) 4.4% (54) 16.9% (210) 11.5% (143) 15.3% (189) 15.1% (187) 11.0% (136) 11.9% (148) 6.47  1239 
Animals easy to handle 5.5% (67) 4.1% (51) 7.0% (86) 5.6% (69) 15.1% (186) 11.4% (140) 12.2% (150) 14.2% (174) 11.8% (145) 13.1% (161) 6.37  1229 
Free boarding for a fixed period of time 15.0% (184) 4.4% (54) 5.8% (71) 4.7% (58) 12.6% (154) 6.1% (74) 8.0% (98) 13.2% (161) 11.4% (139) 18.8% (230) 6.11  1223 
Free re-breeding of females 9.8% (120) 3.3% (40) 3.8% (46) 2.7% (33) 9.3% (114) 4.3% (53) 6.8% (83) 13.8% (169) 16.4% (200) 29.8% (365) 7.15  1223 
Full reproduction guarantees 3.4% (42) 0.6% (8) 1.1% (13) 1.2% (15) 3.2% (40) 2.4% (29) 4.4% (54) 10.7% (132) 18.3% (225) 54.7% (673) 8.71  1231 
Farm offered financing 26.1% (316) 6.1% (74) 5.8% (70) 3.9% (47) 9.0% (109) 4.1% (50) 3.8% (46) 7.2% (87) 10.4% (126) 23.7% (287) 5.55  1212 
Farm located within 200 mi. 16.7% (205) 3.8% (47) 4.7% (57) 3.3% (41) 8.2% (101) 5.6% (68) 5.5% (67) 10.6% (130) 13.4% (164) 28.2% (345) 6.52  1225 
Owners very knowlegable 1.3% (16) 0.3% (4) 0.7% (9) 1.0% (12) 3.9% (48) 2.7% (34) 5.0% (62) 12.6% (157) 19.0% (236) 53.5% (665) 8.86  1243 
Breeder had good reputation 2.0% (25) 0.8% (10) 1.8% (22) 1.9% (23) 6.7% (82) 4.0% (49) 5.5% (67) 12.2% (149) 15.9% (195) 49.3% (604) 8.45  1226 

answered question   1257 

skipped question   186 

17. Thinking about the farm from whom you purchased your first alpacas, how would you rate the level of service, support and mentoring offered to you during the fist year following the purchase of your animals? Would you rate it as:

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Excellent  40.0%   506 
 Very good  19.7%   249 
 Good  13.3%   168 
 Fair  10.9%   138 
 Poor  9.7%   123 
Other (please specify)
 6.4%   81 

answered question   1265 

skipped question   178 

18. When you purchased your first alpacas, what was your relationship with AOBA?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Had never heard of AOBA  22.4%   283 
 Had heard of AOBA but not a member  46.2%   583 
 Alpacas Magazine subscriber, but not a member  5.8%   73 
 Associate Member  15.0%   189 
 Farm Member  10.6%   133 

answered question   1261 

skipped question   182 

19. How soon after purchasing your first alpacas did you join AOBA?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Joined AOBA before purchasing alpacas  22.7%   285 
 Within the first 6 months  58.5%   734 
 After 6 months but before 24 months  15.5%   195 
 After 24 months or more  3.3%   41 

answered question   1255 

skipped question   188 

20. How important was each of the following in your decision to purchase alpaca(s)?

Very Unimportant Neutral Very Important N/A Rating Average Response
Count
Investment potential 2.5% (32) 0.9% (11) 0.6% (8) 0.2% (3) 5.2% (65) 1.4% (18) 4.1% (52) 8.9% (112) 12.6% (159) 63.3% (797) 0.2% (3) 8.90  1260 
Retirement option 5.2% (65) 2.5% (31) 1.2% (15) 0.4% (5) 13.2% (166) 2.7% (34) 5.8% (73) 9.8% (123) 11.8% (149) 44.7% (563) 2.8% (35) 7.92  1259 
Tax advantages 2.4% (30) 1.2% (15) 0.8% (10) 0.6% (8) 7.5% (93) 2.6% (32) 5.2% (64) 10.3% (127) 14.5% (179) 53.7% (661) 1.1% (13) 8.58  1232 
Change of lifestyle - prior to retirement 5.7% (71) 2.3% (29) 1.6% (20) 0.6% (7) 16.2% (203) 3.7% (46) 7.4% (93) 10.4% (130) 13.2% (166) 34.4% (432) 4.6% (58) 7.53  1255 
Fell in love with them 3.4% (43) 1.2% (15) 1.7% (21) 0.9% (11) 7.8% (99) 4.0% (50) 6.7% (84) 11.3% (143) 14.1% (178) 47.1% (595) 1.9% (24) 8.28  1263 
Fiber production 4.5% (56) 3.4% (43) 4.1% (51) 2.8% (35) 19.0% (239) 8.4% (106) 11.2% (141) 15.1% (190) 11.8% (148) 18.9% (237) 0.9% (11) 6.80  1257 
Novelty/uniqueness 16.8% (210) 5.0% (62) 4.5% (56) 3.0% (37) 22.1% (276) 6.9% (86) 7.9% (98) 11.4% (142) 8.7% (109) 11.8% (147) 2.0% (25) 5.58  1248 

answered question   1268 

skipped question   175 

21. How much land did you have available?

No Land Residential lot 1-5 Acres 6-9 acres 10-29 Acres 30+ Response
Count
When you first heard about alpacas 17.3% (218) 17.2% (217) 25.5% (322) 7.8% (98) 16.2% (204) 16.2% (204) 1263 
When you purchased your first alpacas 10.0% (126) 10.8% (136) 27.9% (351) 10.1% (127) 21.2% (266) 20.0% (251) 1257 
Currently 4.1% (51) 2.9% (36) 23.2% (291) 12.5% (157) 29.7% (373) 27.8% (349) 1257 

answered question   1265 

skipped question   178 

22. When you first purchased your alpacas, did you:

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Take possession right away  25.2%   320 
 Board them free at the seller's farm  50.8%   644 
 Pay for boarding at the seller's farm  15.1%   192 
 Pay for boarding at another farm  5.2%   66 
Other (please specify)
 3.6%   46 

answered question   1268 

skipped question   175 

23. How do you CURRENTLY house your alpacas? Don't include alpacas that are temporarily away for breeding or stud service.

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 All of my alpacas are boarded  12.4%   157 
 All of my alpacas are under my care  83.4%   1052 
 Some of my alpacas are boarded and some are under my care  4.2%   53 

answered question   1262 

skipped question   181 

24. How many alpacas in total did you purchase in your FIRST TWELVE MONTHS of alpaca ownership? (include animals under financing and owned in partnership). How many were huacayas? How many were suris?
Huacayas

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 - 19 20+ Response
Count
Total for all ages and genders 3.6% (42) 5.6% (65) 14.5% (168) 17.7% (206) 14.1% (164) 13.7% (159) 9.0% (104) 6.5% (75) 3.7% (43) 2.9% (34) 7.1% (83) 1.6% (19) 1162 
Suris

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 - 19 20+ Response
Count
Total for all ages and genders 53.0% (305) 11.3% (65) 9.4% (54) 5.4% (31) 5.7% (33) 3.5% (20) 3.0% (17) 3.1% (18) 1.0% (6) 1.2% (7) 2.4% (14) 1.0% (6) 576 
Total Huacayas + Suris

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 - 19 20+ Response
Count
Total for all ages and genders 0.3% (3) 3.8% (34) 14.9% (132) 15.5% (137) 14.9% (132) 14.7% (130) 8.3% (73) 6.7% (59) 4.8% (42) 3.6% (32) 10.1% (89) 2.4% (21) 884 

answered question   1263 

skipped question   180 

25. Which of the following types of alpacas did you purchase in your FIRST TWELVE MONTHS of alpaca ownership?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Maiden breeding quality females  61.5%   775 
 Adult breeding quality females  81.1%   1022 
 Junior herdsire quality males  36.2%   456 
 Senior herdsire quality males  12.9%   162 
 Non-breeding females (any age)  2.2%   28 
 Non-breeding male (any age)  28.1%   354 

answered question   1261 

skipped question   182 

26. Which of the following have you ever used to fund your alpaca purchases? (Mark all that apply.)

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Cash purchase  75.9%   957 
 Financing from the selling farm  48.5%   612 
 Credit card  9.4%   119 
 Line of credit  16.9%   213 
 Unsecured loan  2.2%   28 
 Government loan  0.4%   5 
 Home equity loan  21.3%   269 
 Agricultural loan  3.6%   45 
 Secured loan specifically for alpacas  2.1%   27 
 Loan from relatives/friends  5.0%   63 
 Retirement funds (401K, IRA, etc.)  14.7%   185 
 Liquidated other investments (stocks, real estate, etc.)  18.7%   236 
Other (please specify)
 3.2%   40 

answered question   1261 

skipped question   182 

27. How many alpacas did you have before you started marketing alpacas?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Have never marketed alpacas  22.2%   278 
 0  2.9%   36 
 1  1.3%   16 
 2  3.1%   39 
 3-5  20.3%   254 
 6-10  28.4%   355 
 11-14  10.6%   133 
 15+  11.1%   139 

answered question   1250 

skipped question   193 

28. How long after purchasing your first alpaca(s) did you begin to market them for sale?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 I have never marketed them  24.3%   301 
 0-6 months  9.3%   115 
 7-12 months  12.5%   155 
 13-18 months  12.9%   160 
 19-24 months  14.6%   181 
 25-36 months  14.4%   179 
 Longer than 36 months  12.1%   150 

answered question   1241 

skipped question   202 

29. After you began to market your alpacas, how many months did it take you to sell your first alpaca(s)?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Haven't begun marketing yet  23.6%   289 
 Currently marketing, haven't sold yet  22.3%   274 
 Less than 1 Month  2.7%   33 
 1-3 months  8.4%   103 
 4-6 months  9.8%   120 
 7-12 months  15.0%   184 
 13-23  10.1%   124 
 24-35  4.7%   57 
 36+  3.5%   43 

answered question   1227 

skipped question   216 

Page: Farm Size and Sales
30. How many alpacas in total do you CURRENTLY own? (include animals under financing and owned in partnership). How many are huacayas? How many are suris?
Huacayas

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 - 14 15-19 20-29 30-49 50+ Response
Count
Total for all ages and genders 2.7% (31) 2.3% (27) 3.5% (41) 3.6% (42) 2.8% (33) 4.3% (50) 5.2% (61) 5.1% (59) 4.7% (55) 4.1% (48) 18.9% (221) 14.9% (174) 13.4% (156) 9.2% (107) 5.3% (62) 1167 
Suris

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 - 14 15-19 20-29 30-49 50+ Response
Count
Total for all ages and genders 42.0% (264) 9.9% (62) 4.6% (29) 3.3% (21) 2.9% (18) 1.7% (11) 3.7% (23) 2.2% (14) 3.3% (21) 2.2% (14) 7.5% (47) 5.1% (32) 5.7% (36) 3.5% (22) 2.4% (15) 629 
Total Huacayas + Suris

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-14 15-19 20 - 29 30-49 50+ Response
Count
Total for all ages and genders 0.5% (5) 0.7% (6) 2.2% (20) 2.9% (27) 2.4% (22) 2.7% (25) 4.8% (44) 4.7% (43) 5.7% (52) 4.6% (42) 19.4% (178) 15.4% (141) 15.8% (145) 9.8% (90) 8.4% (77) 917 

answered question   1250 

skipped question   193 

31. How many crias have been born to you (you own) in the past 12 months?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 0  9.6%   118 
 1  11.5%   142 
 2  16.9%   209 
 3  14.5%   179 
 4  11.6%   143 
 5  7.9%   97 
 6-9  14.2%   175 
 10-19  9.9%   122 
 20-49  2.8%   34 
 50+  1.2%   15 

answered question   1234 

skipped question   209 

32. Which of the following types of alpacas do you CURRENTLY own? (MARK ALL THAT APPLY)

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Maiden breeding quality females  86.8%   1088 
 Adult breeding quality females  96.4%   1209 
 Junior herdsire quality males  83.8%   1051 
 Senior herdsire quality males  66.6%   835 
 Non-breeding females (any age)  18.3%   230 
 Non-breeding male (any age)  61.9%   776 

answered question   1254 

skipped question   189 

33. How many different alpaca farms have you purchased alpacas from?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 0  0.5%   6 
 1  15.1%   189 
 2  23.0%   288 
 3  17.8%   223 
 4  14.3%   179 
 5  8.5%   107 
 6-9  14.1%   177 
 10+  6.7%   84 

answered question   1253 

skipped question   190 

34. Have you ever purchased an alpaca without inspecting it in person (purchased sight unseen)?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Yes  42.6%   532 
 No  57.4%   717 

answered question   1249 

skipped question   194 

35. Have you ever bid on an alpaca. . .

Yes No Response
Count
At a live auction you attended in person? 36.4% (454) 63.6% (794) 1248 
By phone or fax to a live auction? 11.0% (131) 89.0% (1063) 1194 
Online during an Internet auction? 8.9% (106) 91.1% (1086) 1192 
On a website? 6.4% (75) 93.6% (1104) 1179 

answered question   1258 

skipped question   185 

36. Have you ever purchased an alpaca. . .

Yes No Response
Count
At a live auction you attended in person? 28.9% (359) 71.1% (885) 1244 
By phone or fax to a live auction? 8.1% (96) 91.9% (1093) 1189 
Online during an Internet auction? 6.3% (74) 93.8% (1110) 1184 
On a website? 16.6% (195) 83.4% (977) 1172 

answered question   1257 

skipped question   186 

37. Have you ever consigned an alpaca to an auction?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Yes  16.3%   205 
 No  83.7%   1050 

answered question   1255 

skipped question   188 

38. Do you plan to consign an alpaca to an auction in the next 12 months?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Yes  19.8%   248 
 No  36.3%   455 
 Don't Know  44.0%   552 

answered question   1255 

skipped question   188 

39. How many alpacas have you sold in the past 12 months? (Include animals that you brokered)

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 0  49.9%   621 
 1  9.1%   113 
 2  8.6%   107 
 3  5.7%   71 
 4  4.9%   61 
 5  4.1%   51 
 6 - 9  8.8%   109 
 10 - 19  6.0%   75 
 20+  2.9%   36 

answered question   1244 

skipped question   199 

40. Compared to 2005, was your total revenue from alpaca sales in 2006:

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Higher than 2005  39.2%   392 
 Lower than 2005  21.1%   211 
 About the same as 2005  39.7%   397 

answered question   1000 

skipped question   443 

41. How many alpacas do you plan to sell in the next 12 months?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 0  14.2%   174 
 1  11.1%   136 
 2  21.2%   259 
 3  14.9%   182 
 4  10.4%   127 
 5  7.4%   90 
 6-9  11.4%   139 
 10-19  6.7%   82 
 20+  2.9%   35 

answered question   1224 

skipped question   219 

42. How many alpacas have you purchased in the past 12 months?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 0  37.4%   459 
 1  17.7%   217 
 2  15.5%   190 
 3  9.3%   114 
 4  5.3%   65 
 5  3.4%   42 
 6-9  6.9%   85 
 10 -19  3.3%   41 
 20+  1.3%   16 

answered question   1229 

skipped question   214 

43. How many alpacas do you plan to buy in the next 12 months?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 0  49.3%   607 
 1  16.0%   197 
 2  9.9%   122 
 3  3.3%   40 
 4  1.9%   23 
 5  1.1%   14 
 6-9  1.4%   17 
 10-19  0.7%   8 
 20+  0.2%   3 
 Don't know  16.3%   200 

answered question   1231 

skipped question   212 

44. Compared to 3 or 4 years ago, do you think that alpaca prices now are:

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Higher  21.4%   268 
 Lower  22.8%   286 
 About the same  42.2%   529 
 Don't know  13.6%   170 

answered question   1253 

skipped question   190 

45. Compared to 2005, would you say that in 2006 you received more, fewer, or about the same number of inquiries from potential alpaca buyers?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 More in 2006  35.9%   366 
 Fewer in 2006  24.4%   249 
 About the same number in 2006  39.8%   406 

answered question   1021 

skipped question   422 

Page: Fiber & End Product
46. When you initially purchased alpacas, how important was having a supply of alpaca fiber that you could use for crafts (spinning, knitting, etc.) and creative projects to your decision to purchase alpacas?

Not Very Important Nuetral Very Important Rating Average Response
Count
Fiber Availability 35.5% (442) 9.3% (116) 5.2% (65) 2.3% (29) 17.7% (220) 5.1% (64) 6.2% (77) 5.7% (71) 3.5% (44) 9.3% (116) 4.13  1244 

answered question   1244 

skipped question   199 

47. Which of the following types of activities have you (or someone in your household) engaged in during the past 12 months?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Spinning  50.9%   443 
 Knitting  67.1%   584 
 Weaving  24.9%   217 
 Felting  49.4%   430 
 Crocheting  36.2%   315 
 Dyeing fiber  24.6%   214 
Other (please specify)
 10.7%   93 

answered question   870 

skipped question   573 

48. In the past 12 months, which of the following have you done with your fleece...

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Contributed fleece to a fiber Coop  24.2%   251 
 Used a mill to process fleece into rovings or batts  38.3%   398 
 Used a mill to process fleece into yarn  58.5%   608 
 Spun yarn within my household  28.6%   297 
 Sold fleece to spinners or craftors  46.9%   487 
 Bartered fleece for yarn or end products/services  13.8%   143 
Other (please specify)
 19.4%   201 

answered question   1039 

skipped question   404 

49. In the next 12 months, what do you plan to do with your fleece? Do you plan to:

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Contribute fleece to a fiber Coop  39.1%   474 
 Use a mill to process fleece into rovings or batts  42.8%   518 
 Use a mill to process fleece into yarn  71.0%   860 
 Spin yarn within my household  30.4%   368 
 Sell raw fleece to spinners or craftors  56.4%   683 
 Barter fleece for yarn for end products/services  16.4%   198 
Other (please specify)
 11.3%   137 

answered question   1211 

skipped question   232 

50. In the past 12 months, have you purchased wholesale alpaca products for resale?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Yes  42.1%   524 
 No  57.9%   721 

answered question   1245 

skipped question   198 

51. In the past 12 months, have you sold alpaca products...

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Wholesale?  14.2%   92 
 Retail to consumers?  96.5%   626 

answered question   649 

skipped question   794 

52. Do you currently have a fiber store? If so, please indicate which type(s) you operate. (Mark all that apply.)

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 No fiber store  62.5%   757 
 Farm store dedicated to alpaca products  20.9%   253 
 Farm store with alpaca and non-alpaca products  6.4%   77 
 Retail store dedicated to alpaca products  2.2%   26 
 Retail store with alpaca and non-alpaca products  2.6%   32 
 Online store dedicated to alpaca products  9.5%   115 
 Online store with alpaca and non-alpaca products  3.1%   38 
 Booth at festivals  23.0%   279 
Other (please specify)
 6.1%   74 

answered question   1212 

skipped question   231 

53. Do you think AOBA should spend (more, less, or about the same) amount of it's marketing and advertising budget promoting alpaca fiber and apparel to consumers?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 More  65.0%   811 
 Less  1.0%   13 
 About the Same  18.5%   231 
 Don't Know  15.5%   193 

answered question   1248 

skipped question   195 

Page: Farm Marketing
54. Please rate the effectiveness of the following advertising/marketing. If you have not done it, please mark "Never Used"

Very Ineffective Neutral Very Effective Never Used Rating Average Response
Count
AOBA Farm & Ranch Guide 6.3% (78) 3.6% (44) 3.1% (38) 1.6% (20) 11.3% (139) 3.8% (47) 4.6% (57) 7.5% (92) 2.8% (34) 7.1% (87) 48.3% (593) 5.74  1229 
Alpacas Magazine - Regular Issue 3.2% (39) 1.8% (22) 2.0% (25) 1.3% (16) 6.6% (81) 2.1% (26) 4.3% (52) 5.4% (66) 2.5% (31) 6.4% (78) 64.3% (784) 6.27  1220 
Alpacas Magazine - Herdsire Edition 3.0% (37) 1.9% (23) 1.7% (21) 1.2% (15) 7.0% (85) 2.0% (25) 3.4% (41) 4.0% (49) 1.5% (18) 3.6% (44) 70.7% (863) 5.76  1221 
AOBA Leads Program 3.7% (45) 1.3% (16) 1.9% (23) 1.0% (12) 5.9% (72) 1.7% (21) 2.4% (29) 1.9% (23) 2.1% (26) 3.3% (40) 74.7% (908) 5.54  1215 
Personal Farm Website(s) 1.6% (19) 1.9% (23) 2.1% (25) 1.5% (18) 5.8% (70) 4.4% (53) 7.3% (89) 11.0% (133) 11.0% (134) 20.4% (248) 33.1% (401) 7.70  1213 
Commercial Website(s) 1.9% (23) 1.4% (17) 1.3% (16) 0.9% (11) 5.4% (65) 2.9% (35) 4.4% (54) 8.6% (104) 10.1% (123) 19.0% (231) 44.1% (535) 7.82  1214 
Offline Auctions 2.1% (25) 0.9% (11) 0.7% (9) 0.4% (5) 4.4% (53) 0.9% (11) 1.4% (17) 2.0% (24) 2.6% (31) 4.5% (54) 80.1% (965) 6.48  1205 
Online Auctions 2.7% (32) 0.7% (8) 1.2% (14) 0.8% (10) 4.3% (52) 1.7% (21) 1.1% (13) 1.4% (17) 0.7% (9) 1.4% (17) 84.0% (1012) 5.15  1205 
Farm Magazine Ads 4.6% (55) 2.0% (24) 3.6% (43) 2.0% (24) 8.1% (98) 2.9% (35) 4.1% (50) 3.6% (43) 4.0% (48) 3.4% (41) 61.8% (746) 5.56  1207 
National Magazine Ads 2.2% (27) 1.3% (16) 1.2% (15) 1.0% (12) 5.9% (71) 1.6% (19) 2.7% (33) 2.6% (32) 2.3% (28) 3.3% (40) 75.8% (916) 6.01  1209 
Local Newspaper Ads 3.6% (44) 2.2% (27) 1.3% (16) 1.7% (21) 5.5% (66) 3.2% (39) 4.4% (53) 4.8% (58) 5.5% (67) 5.4% (65) 62.3% (754) 6.32  1210 
National Newspaper Ads 1.5% (18) 0.8% (10) 0.7% (8) 0.5% (6) 4.4% (53) 1.0% (12) 0.9% (11) 1.3% (16) 1.7% (20) 1.4% (17) 85.8% (1036) 5.72  1207 
Television Ads 1.2% (14) 0.3% (4) 0.7% (8) 0.6% (7) 2.1% (25) 1.6% (19) 1.4% (17) 2.6% (31) 2.6% (31) 5.8% (70) 81.4% (986) 7.34  1212 
E-Mail 2.6% (31) 1.3% (16) 1.7% (20) 1.5% (18) 6.3% (76) 4.5% (54) 5.7% (69) 7.9% (96) 8.2% (99) 10.3% (124) 50.1% (605) 7.10  1208 
Direct Mail 3.0% (35) 1.9% (22) 2.1% (25) 1.6% (19) 5.7% (67) 3.6% (43) 4.6% (55) 5.7% (68) 5.3% (63) 4.9% (58) 61.6% (729) 6.37  1184 
On Farm Events 1.7% (21) 1.5% (18) 1.7% (21) 1.1% (13) 3.8% (46) 2.7% (32) 5.1% (61) 7.4% (89) 9.9% (119) 16.4% (198) 48.7% (587) 7.74  1205 
Off Farm Events (non-shows) 1.3% (15) 2.2% (26) 2.0% (24) 1.6% (19) 6.1% (73) 3.8% (46) 5.4% (65) 8.3% (99) 8.5% (102) 8.5% (101) 52.3% (625) 7.07  1195 
Alpaca Shows 2.3% (28) 2.9% (35) 2.5% (31) 2.2% (27) 6.6% (80) 6.3% (77) 7.8% (95) 11.1% (136) 14.3% (174) 19.1% (233) 24.9% (304) 7.43  1220 
Non-Alpaca Events 2.0% (24) 2.0% (24) 2.5% (30) 3.0% (35) 7.7% (91) 5.3% (63) 4.6% (55) 6.1% (72) 5.7% (68) 4.5% (53) 56.5% (668) 6.29  1183 
Alpaca Affiliate Websites 3.6% (43) 2.6% (31) 2.7% (33) 1.9% (23) 8.5% (103) 6.5% (78) 5.5% (66) 8.2% (99) 6.7% (81) 8.3% (100) 45.6% (551) 6.49  1208 
Alpaca Affiliate Newsletter Paid Ads 2.4% (29) 1.3% (15) 1.9% (23) 1.3% (15) 5.5% (66) 2.7% (32) 3.3% (40) 2.7% (32) 2.8% (33) 2.9% (35) 73.3% (880) 5.92  1200 
PR/press releases 1.9% (23) 1.2% (15) 1.3% (16) 1.2% (15) 4.6% (55) 2.8% (34) 3.9% (47) 4.2% (51) 5.1% (61) 5.2% (63) 68.5% (825) 6.73  1205 
Your Own Farm Newsletter 1.8% (22) 0.3% (4) 0.8% (9) 0.6% (7) 3.3% (39) 0.9% (11) 1.4% (17) 1.8% (21) 1.5% (18) 3.0% (36) 84.6% (1014) 6.28  1198 
Other form of advertising not listed 1.6% (18) 0.4% (4) 0.6% (7) 0.6% (7) 5.6% (63) 2.0% (22) 1.8% (20) 2.1% (23) 2.1% (23) 4.2% (47) 79.1% (886) 6.51  1120 

answered question   1234 

skipped question   209 

55. Which of the following parts of the AOBA National Marketing Program are you using DURING the current 2007 calendar year? (Mark all that apply.)

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Farm & Ranch Guide full listing (1/3 page, printed & web directories)  19.9%   239 
 Farm & Ranch Guide basic listing (printed directory & web listing)  14.9%   178 
 Farm & Ranch Guide web only listing (web directory)  7.0%   84 
 AOBA leads program  13.8%   166 
 Alpaca in AOBA auction  3.1%   37 
 None of the Above  56.9%   682 

answered question   1199 

skipped question   244 

56. During 2006 how much did you spend on the following types of marketing and advertising activities?

$0 $1-$99 $100-$499 $500 - $999 $1,000 - $4,999 $5,000 - $9,999 $10,000+ Response
Count
Printing and Direct Mail 53.4% (590) 13.3% (147) 20.3% (224) 7.4% (82) 4.3% (48) 0.5% (5) 0.7% (8) 1104 
Email ads 76.9% (805) 9.4% (98) 8.5% (89) 3.4% (36) 1.2% (13) 0.2% (2) 0.4% (4) 1047 
Commerical & personal websites 29.9% (340) 7.0% (80) 35.5% (404) 16.8% (191) 8.9% (101) 1.6% (18) 0.4% (4) 1138 
Newspaper, catalog & magazine ads 55.2% (612) 7.3% (81) 14.9% (165) 9.7% (108) 10.2% (113) 1.7% (19) 1.0% (11) 1109 
Consultants and promotion services 84.5% (880) 2.4% (25) 6.8% (71) 2.4% (25) 2.4% (25) 1.1% (11) 0.4% (4) 1041 

answered question   1195 

skipped question   248 

57. How many alpaca shows have you attended in the past 12 months?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 0  11.0%   136 
 1  17.2%   213 
 2  20.5%   254 
 3  19.0%   236 
 4  11.8%   146 
 5  6.9%   85 
 6  6.3%   78 
 7  2.3%   28 
 8  2.3%   29 
 9  0.6%   7 
 10+  2.3%   29 

answered question   1241 

skipped question   202 

58. How much would you estimate you have spent in the past 12 months on farm event/show expenses (including cost of registration, pens, show fees, travel and lodging)?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 $0  13.1%   157 
 $1-$99  2.7%   32 
 $100-$499  12.2%   147 
 $500-$999  16.3%   196 
 $1,000-$2,999  25.4%   305 
 $3,000-$4,999  12.6%   152 
 $5,000-$9,999  11.4%   137 
 $10,000+  6.4%   77 

answered question   1203 

skipped question   240 

Page: AOBA
59. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements.

Strongly Disagree Neutral Strongly Agree N/A or Don't Know Rating Average Response
Count
AOBA membership is a good value 3.4% (47) 3.2% (44) 4.0% (54) 4.0% (54) 17.7% (242) 6.9% (94) 9.3% (127) 15.7% (214) 9.0% (123) 23.1% (315) 3.8% (52) 6.96  1366 
AOBA is a world class organization 2.9% (40) 1.5% (20) 2.4% (33) 3.1% (42) 17.7% (240) 6.2% (84) 9.4% (128) 13.4% (182) 12.2% (165) 24.5% (333) 6.7% (91) 7.28  1358 
AOBA communicates well with me 3.5% (48) 2.8% (38) 3.8% (52) 3.9% (53) 14.0% (190) 6.4% (87) 10.2% (138) 16.9% (229) 14.1% (191) 20.6% (280) 3.7% (50) 7.11  1356 

answered question   1368 

skipped question   75 

60. Please rate your satisfaction with the following:

Very Unsatisfied Neutral Very Satisfied Don't Know Rating Average Response
Count
Overall satisfaction with AOBA 2.9% (39) 2.9% (39) 4.4% (60) 5.2% (70) 18.1% (246) 6.6% (90) 10.6% (144) 15.4% (209) 11.9% (162) 17.8% (241) 4.1% (56) 6.84  1356 
AOBA Office Staff 0.8% (11) 1.3% (18) 1.2% (16) 1.4% (19) 20.1% (271) 3.1% (42) 8.2% (111) 10.9% (147) 10.5% (142) 20.6% (278) 21.9% (296) 7.38  1351 
AOBA Board of Directors 4.1% (55) 3.7% (50) 2.8% (37) 3.6% (49) 22.2% (298) 3.9% (52) 6.1% (82) 8.2% (110) 8.7% (117) 11.7% (158) 25.1% (337) 6.30  1345 
AOBA Marketing Committee 2.8% (37) 1.6% (21) 2.5% (34) 3.5% (47) 19.0% (255) 6.3% (85) 8.0% (107) 12.1% (162) 11.5% (154) 12.8% (172) 20.0% (269) 6.80  1343 
AOBA National Marketing Programs (all marketing) 3.4% (46) 1.9% (25) 3.0% (41) 4.5% (60) 17.1% (230) 7.6% (102) 8.8% (118) 12.7% (171) 11.5% (155) 11.7% (158) 17.8% (240) 6.68  1346 
AOBA Farm & Ranch Guide Program 8.1% (110) 4.1% (55) 4.0% (54) 5.0% (68) 15.4% (208) 6.1% (83) 8.4% (113) 8.9% (120) 10.1% (136) 16.1% (217) 13.8% (186) 6.30  1350 
AOBA Show Committee 3.8% (51) 2.5% (34) 4.5% (60) 3.1% (42) 18.8% (253) 5.2% (70) 6.9% (93) 11.8% (159) 10.4% (140) 14.3% (193) 18.8% (253) 6.63  1348 
AOBA Education Committee 2.3% (31) 1.3% (18) 2.8% (37) 3.1% (42) 22.1% (296) 6.5% (87) 8.0% (107) 9.9% (133) 9.7% (130) 12.4% (166) 21.7% (291) 6.68  1338 
Alpacas Magazine 3.0% (41) 2.0% (27) 1.5% (20) 1.9% (26) 8.4% (114) 4.3% (58) 8.4% (114) 11.9% (160) 17.2% (232) 35.6% (481) 5.7% (77) 7.98  1350 
AOBA Websites 2.5% (33) 2.4% (32) 3.4% (45) 2.5% (34) 12.6% (168) 7.8% (104) 10.0% (134) 14.9% (199) 16.6% (222) 21.5% (288) 5.9% (79) 7.34  1338 
AOBA National Conferences 2.0% (26) 1.7% (23) 1.7% (23) 2.4% (32) 17.8% (235) 3.9% (51) 5.8% (77) 8.1% (107) 9.9% (131) 12.9% (171) 33.8% (447) 6.89  1323 
Development of US Alpaca Industry 3.6% (48) 2.7% (37) 4.3% (58) 5.7% (77) 13.4% (181) 8.6% (116) 10.2% (137) 15.7% (211) 10.8% (145) 10.8% (145) 14.2% (191) 6.59  1346 
Development of US Fiber Industry 11.4% (153) 9.5% (128) 10.2% (137) 9.8% (131) 13.0% (175) 8.7% (117) 6.7% (90) 7.9% (106) 4.0% (54) 4.8% (65) 13.9% (187) 4.79  1343 

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Page: AOBA National Conferences
61. How many AOBA National Conferences (summer or winter) have you attended?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 0  54.6%   744 
 1  15.2%   207 
 2  7.6%   103 
 3  5.5%   75 
 4  4.2%   57 
 5+  13.0%   177 

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62. How many people from your farm plan to attend the 2007 Summer Nationals in Louisville, KY?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 0 Don't plan to attend  63.0%   858 
 1  12.6%   171 
 2  19.3%   263 
 3  2.7%   37 
 4  1.8%   24 
 5+  0.9%   12 

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Page: Demographic Information
63. Thinking about your decision to purchase alpaces, what was the role played by members of your household in the decision process to purchase alpacas?

Male Head of Household Female Head of HH Other Adult in HH Other Adult Outside HH Response
Count
Initiated the purchase decision 35.9% (587) 60.0% (979) 2.6% (42) 1.5% (25) 1633 
Provided input during the decison process 43.7% (879) 47.6% (959) 4.2% (84) 4.5% (91) 2013 
Recommended purchase 36.7% (644) 55.1% (966) 3.5% (62) 4.6% (81) 1753 
Made final decision to purchase alpacas 43.2% (853) 52.5% (1036) 2.8% (55) 1.6% (31) 1975 
Handled financial arrangements for purchase 43.6% (729) 53.0% (886) 2.2% (37) 1.1% (19) 1671 

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64. What is the sex of the person responding to this survey?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Male  29.8%   405 
 Female  70.2%   955 

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65. What is the age of the person responding to this survey?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Under 18  0.0%   0 
 19 - 24  0.2%   2 
 25 - 29  0.2%   3 
 30 - 34  1.6%   21 
 35 - 39  5.2%   70 
 40 - 44  13.4%   182 
 45 - 49  17.9%   242 
 50 - 54  22.7%   308 
 55 - 59  18.1%   245 
 60 - 64  12.3%   167 
 65 - 69  6.2%   84 
 70+  2.4%   32 

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66. What is the last grade of school you completed?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 8th grade or less  0.0%   0 
 Some high school  0.5%   7 
 Graduated high school  7.8%   105 
 Trade or technical school  5.0%   68 
 Some college  24.6%   333 
 Graduated college  36.1%   489 
 Post-graduate school  24.1%   327 
Other (please specify)
 1.9%   26 

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67. What is your current employment status?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Working full time outside your home  39.7%   539 
 Working part time outside your home  8.3%   113 
 Working full or part time in a home-based business  11.3%   153 
 Working full time as an alpaca farmer  25.0%   339 
 Retired/ working part time as an alpaca farmer  12.9%   175 
 Unemployed/seeking employment  1.6%   21 
 Unemployed/disabled  1.3%   17 

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68. In what kind of business are you employed or were you employed prior to becoming an alpaca farmer?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Medical  14.8%   199 
 Education  12.7%   170 
 Alpacas full-time  1.2%   16 
 Business Services  6.7%   90 
 Manufacturing  7.8%   105 
 Construction  5.4%   73 
 Trans/Comm/Utilities  2.2%   29 
 Retail  6.3%   84 
 Finance  3.6%   48 
 Government  7.3%   98 
 Marketing/Advertising  4.1%   55 
 Food Services  1.1%   15 
 Animal Medicine  1.6%   22 
 Repair/Parts  0.8%   10 
 Military  2.3%   31 
 Wholesale  1.3%   18 
 Trade  0.8%   11 
 Real Estate  3.3%   44 
 Computers  7.2%   97 
 Legal/Law  2.1%   28 
 Aviation  2.0%   27 
 Other technology  2.8%   37 
 Landscaping  0.8%   10 
 Insurance  2.7%   36 
 Farming (non-alpaca)  3.4%   45 
 Pharmacy  0.7%   9 
 Financial Services  2.2%   30 
 Student  0.4%   5 
Other (please specify)
 18.3%   245 

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69. Prior to raising alpacas, please indicate whether you have ever been involved in any of the following activities.

Yes No Response
Count
Raised crops commercially 16.0% (61) 84.0% (320) 381 
Bred/sold commercial livestock 56.8% (171) 43.2% (130) 301 
Bred/sold exotic animals 11.6% (29) 88.4% (220) 249 
Bred/sold domestic animals/pets 28.9% (237) 71.1% (584) 821 

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70. How would you describe yourself in terms of your knowledge about computer technology? Would you say you are:

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Very knowlegeable  25.6%   349 
 Somewhat knowlegeable  55.9%   763 
 Not too knowlegeable  17.0%   232 
 Not at all knowlegeable  1.6%   22 

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71. Do you have a DSL or other high speed computer connection?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Yes  77.6%   1055 
 No  22.4%   305 

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72. How often do you personally use the following types of equipment within your household?

Frequently Sometimes Rarely Never used Rating Average Response
Count
PC with Windows 2000 or older 17.2% (150) 9.5% (83) 24.4% (212) 48.9% (425) 3.05  870 
PC with Windows 2003, XP or newer 88.9% (1163) 4.8% (63) 1.1% (14) 5.2% (68) 1.23  1308 
MAC 11.9% (120) 2.9% (29) 7.1% (71) 78.1% (785) 3.51  1005 
Internet dial up 29.6% (301) 7.4% (75) 23.8% (242) 39.3% (400) 2.73  1018 
Internet high speed 76.1% (920) 4.1% (50) 2.6% (31) 17.2% (208) 1.61  1209 
Internet wireless 50.1% (553) 9.7% (107) 5.5% (61) 34.7% (383) 2.25  1104 
VHS tape player 17.3% (197) 33.0% (375) 35.1% (399) 14.7% (167) 2.47  1138 
DVD player 58.1% (763) 33.2% (436) 6.3% (83) 2.4% (32) 1.53  1314 
CD player 54.0% (694) 35.7% (458) 9.0% (116) 1.2% (16) 1.57  1284 
Handheld computer (Palm, iPod, iPac, Blackberry, etc.) 23.3% (275) 10.5% (124) 10.8% (127) 55.5% (655) 2.98  1181 

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Page: Financial Information
73. How would you classify your alpaca venture? Mark all that apply.

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Just investigating the industry  4.4%   59 
 Hobby  7.3%   98 
 Professional/Business  88.6%   1194 
Other (please specify)
 6.2%   83 

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74. How would you describe your farm?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 Not started  6.1%   83 
 Growing  74.2%   1010 
 Mature  13.9%   189 
 Downsizing  5.9%   80 

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75. How would you classify revenue from your alpaca farm?

Response
Percent
Response
Count
 The sole source of income for your household  2.0%   26 
 A primary source of income  3.4%   46 
 A significant source of income  8.5%   114 
 A supplemental source of income  43.6%   583 
 Provides no income to your household  42.4%   567 

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76. Please indicate below the approximate gross dollar amount generated by each the following activities on your farm in 2006.

$0 $1-$499 $500-$999 $1,000-$4,999 $5,000-$9,999 $10,000-$24,999 $25,000-$49,999 $50,000-$99,999 $100,000+ Don't know Rating Average Response
Count
Breeding Stock Sales 56.7% (680) 0.4% (5) 0.7% (8) 2.3% (27) 2.8% (34) 11.9% (143) 9.7% (116) 7.3% (88) 6.3% (75) 2.0% (24) 3.57  1200 
Non-Breeding Stock Sales 70.2% (811) 4.0% (46) 6.8% (79) 14.0% (162) 1.5% (17) 0.8% (9) 0.3% (3) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 2.5% (29) 1.94  1156 
Stud Services 62.0% (735) 1.2% (14) 2.3% (27) 16.4% (194) 7.0% (83) 6.0% (71) 1.5% (18) 1.3% (15) 0.3% (4) 2.1% (25) 2.52  1186 
Boarding/Agisting 70.8% (817) 5.5% (63) 3.6% (42) 9.8% (113) 4.2% (49) 2.5% (29) 1.0% (12) 0.3% (3) 0.0% (0) 2.3% (26) 2.00  1154 
Raw Fiber Sales 55.6% (650) 31.4% (367) 6.7% (78) 3.3% (38) 0.3% (4) 0.3% (3) 0.2% (2) 0.0% (0) 0.0% (0) 2.3% (27) 1.79  1169 
Finished Alpaca Products - Retail Sales 52.1% (623) 16.7% (199) 7.7% (92) 14.0% (167) 3.6% (43) 2.4% (29) 0.5% (6) 0.5% (6) 0.4% (5) 2.1% (25) 2.29  1195 
Finished Alpaca Products - Wholesale Sales 87.7% (994) 4.7% (53) 2.2% (25) 1.2% (14) 0.4% (4) 0.5% (6) 0.4% (4) 0.1% (1) 0.3% (3) 2.6% (30) 1.46  1134 
Other Industry Related Products 81.9% (917) 6.9% (77) 2.6% (29) 2.1% (23) 1.0% (11) 0.7% (8) 0.2% (2) 0.2% (2) 0.1% (1) 4.4% (49) 1.68  1119 
Other Industry Related Services 79.3% (884) 5.2% (58) 2.8% (31) 4.6% (51) 1.2% (13) 1.3% (15) 1.0% (11) 0.3% (3) 0.1% (1) 4.3% (48) 1.83  1115 

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