Welcome to Wildflower Ridge Alpaca Ranch, in the scenic
Texas Hill Country, a few miles down the road from historic Fredericksburg, Texas.
Having just retired from the Space Industry, Don and Beth who is a nurse practitioner, decided to relocate from Houston, TX to a small ranch in Gillespie County near Fredericksburg, TX. Fredericksburg, Texas is well known for downtown shopping, exceptional festivals, wonderful restaurants, fine art galleries, War of the pacific museum and a great visitor center. AND donít forget the beautiful wildflowers, exceptional wineries, juicy peaches and the quaint romantic bed and breakfast accommodations.
If you are looking for something different and a break from the norm, schedule a visit to Wildflower Ridge Alpaca Ranch. Itís a must see Hill Country experience.
After reading an article in the "Country Living Magazine" about the joys of Alpaca ownership,
Don and Beth Weeks began an extensive search into every aspect
of the Alpaca industry. In 2003, with their pasture fencing complete,
they bought their first three Alpacas and now realize their good fortune in deciding to
get involved with owning, breeding, and caring of these beautiful, gentle animals.
At Wildflower Ridge Alpaca Ranch we take pride in diverse and selective breeding to ensure continued improvement in fiber quality (Alpaca "wool" is called fiber), conformation and health of our Alpacas. Our clean, well-maintained, shaded pastures, custom-designed barn, attentive health maintenance and optimal nutritional program provide the proper ingredients in raising and breeding happy, healthy Alpacas.
Wildflower Ridge Alpaca Ranch provides:
- Free Alpaca farm visits by appointment
- Healthy, Quality Alpacas For Sale and Breeding
- Attentive, Responsible, Personalized Customer Service
- Advice In Developing Small Acreage Alpaca Facilities
- Ongoing Mentoring For New Alpaca Owners
- Resource Guide For Alpaca Health And Local Supplies
While visiting our alpaca ranch, be sure drop in to our farm store and check out the collection of hand-knitted alpaca items, alpaca yarn, rovings and rugs that are made from our alpacaís fiber. We also have a great selection of alpaca socks and fine imported clothing made in Peru.
We are pleased that you visited our Web site and hope you will visit our Alpaca Ranch in the Texas Hill Country real soon. We look forward to your visit and sharing our Alpaca experiences and knowledge. Please call or send us a e-mail to schedule your visit.
Meet Don and Beth Weeks
Not just anyone has a resume that includes both the United States Space Shuttle and a Hill Country alpaca farm, but Don Weeks' does! Don and his wife Elizabeth came to Fredericksburg upon their retirement in 2000. His career had been spent in aerospace and hers as a geriatric nurse practitioner.
they both enjoyed living along the central Californian coast,
they sought a more economical place in which to spend their
retirement and research led them to Fredericksburg.
Around 2002, the couple became interested in alpacas as an alternative to keep the agricultural exemption on their property and soon their initial pair of alpacas grew to a herd of 24. They opened Wildflower Ridge Alpaca Ranch, located on the Center Point Road, to the public. Complimentary tours, lasting 45 minutes to an hour, are available Monday-Saturday. Advance reservations are required and may be made by calling 830.990.9125 or 210.394.5377.
"We raise the alpacas for their fiber," said Weeks. The animals are sheared professionally each April. Much of the fiber is used to make soft items such as shawls, hats and wraps. The fiber from the legs of the animals is coarser and is used to make blankets and rugs.
"Our main purpose, other than maintaining our agricultural exemption, is to educate the public about the quality of alpaca ownership," said Weeks. "Our tour operation allows visitors to Fredericksburg a unique, alternate experience." The couple has recently added a farm store to their property, selling items Elizabeth knits from the fiber, along with their own and co-op owned yarns and other dyed yarn products. "There are about 16 natural colors of alpacas."
In addition to the fiber, the couple sells about 16,000 pounds of alpaca manure each year. "It has no odor and is low in nitrogen, making it an ideal fertilizer product," he said.
As an aerospace engineer, Weeks began his career with North American Aviation Company, which was purchased by Rockwell International. During his tenure there, the company won contracts to produce the capsule for the Apollo space project. Weeks worked in the design efforts for the capsule in which the pilots rode. The company also won contracts for the engines of the space shuttle program.
He then worked for the United Space Alliance, a subsidiary of Lockheed and Boeing, who provided oversight of the space shuttle operation. "My responsibility was to manage the processing of the orbiters out in Palmdale, California. It took about a year to refurbish and upgrade each shuttle in the rotation of four."
"In 2000, I didn't even know how to spell alpaca." But the couple certainly enjoys their new passion here in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.