I'm Tashia Butterfield, owner of Butterfield Alpaca Ranch and creator of this program. The Alpaca Business Builder Program is designed to take you from dreaming about owning alpacas to capitalizing on your own life experiences & skills and blazing a clear path for your alpaca success. I've taken my 10 years of alpaca experience to give you the tools to build a solid foundation for your alpaca business. It is everything I wish I knew in the beginning of my own alpaca journey to avoid costly mistakes and heartache while enjoying my alpaca life.

The Alpaca Business Builder Program will guide you to

  • Define

    Define a clear path to build your successful alpaca business

  • Identify

    Identify your niche within the alpaca industry that sets you apart from all other farms

  • Design

    Design an environment for a healthy, thriving herd

  • Choose

    Choose the best alpacas to achieve your business goals

  • Craft

    Craft an effective marketing strategy that is distinctly you without the overwhelm

  • Create

    Create multiple streams of revenue for a healthy bottom line

  • Determine

    Determine the best return on investment (ROI) for your herd’s fiber

  • Implement

    Implement the best money management strategies for business longevity

  • Complete

    Complete a comprehensive business plan to present to potential investors and keep you on track

Next cohort begins January 10

Ready to build a strong foundation for your alpaca business? Now is the time to get started!

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The Curriculum

  • 1

    Start Here

    • Welcome from Tashia

  • 2

    MODULE 1: Importance of Alpaca Fiber

    • Available January 10

  • 3

    MODULE 2: Researching Your Alpaca Life

    • Available January 17

  • 4

    MODULE 3: Preparing for Your First Herd

    • Available January 24

  • 5

    MODULE 4: Herd Health

    • Available February 7

  • 6

    MODULE 5: Branding & Marketing

    • Available February 14 & 21

  • 7

    MODULE 6: Revenue Streams

    • Available March 7

  • 8

    MODULE 7: Options for Your Herd’s Fiber

    • Available March 14

  • 9

    MODULE 8: Herd Growth

    • Available March 21

  • 10

    MODULE 9: The U.S. Alpaca Show System

    • Available April 4

  • 11

    MODULE 10: Money Management

    • Available April 11

  • 12

    MODULE 11: Finalizing Your Business Plan

    • Available April 18


Tashia Butterfield

Alpaca farmer, knitter, crocheter, spinner, teacher, YouTube content creator, and owner of Butterfield Alpaca Ranch. Tashia began teaching crochet at a local yarn store in Chicago in 2010 where she was introduced to the world of natural fibers, including luxurious alpaca. In 2011, she visited in alpaca farm and became obsessed with these graceful and beautiful animals. After teaching English in South Korea for 6 months, Tashia moved to Nebraska - where her Butterfield ancestors had settled over 125 years previous - to establish the Butterfield Alpaca Ranch in the spring of 2012. Now, the herd has grown to 40 alpacas and llamas and maintains a focus on quality alpaca products and the fiber arts.

What Students are Saying

“I'm so glad that you did this. Thank you so much for offering this course. I found it a very valuable use of my time.”


“This was so awesome, Tashia! My brain is spinning with ideas.”


“You're an excellent speaker & inspirational! You're clear, precise, easy to understand & down-to-earth.”


Ready to build a strong foundation for your alpaca business?

Now is the time to get started!