The Alpacalypse

By: Sabrina Garrett
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

Original content from Agrinews.

Karl Heinrich points to a framed newspaper article on the wall of his showroom at Long Hollow Suri Alpaca Farm.

The encased story from the early 2000s is about him. The headline refers to Heinrich and his wife, Jan, “dabbling” in the business of raising alpacas.

He lets out a big laugh.

They had four animals on a 5-acre plot off Long Hollow Pike in 2002.

Today, they have 125 alpacas on 60-acres off Wallace Road in Gallatin. Not to mention10 full-time employees.

The Heinrichs, who moved to Sumner County from Knoxville in 1990, successfully spun their hobby into a thriving, award-winning business.

“We started out raising those four, showing them and it kept growing. Eventually we bought the fiber mill that was making our yarn, moved out here – and here we are,” he said.

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