Al­paca In­dus­try - 25 years young

Farm World News - - Farm World 2016 -

The al­paca in­dus­try started in Aus­tralia the same year as the os­trich and emu in­dus­tries and it is not only still here, but the al­paca in­dus­try is re­ally hit­ting its strides.

The meat and skin in­dus­try is well and truly un­der way, nu­mer­ous mini mills for pro­cess­ing the fleece are now in op­er­a­tion, fleece is also be­ing sold in­ter­na­tion­ally, breed­ing stock has and is be­ing ex­ported to China and some fab­u­lous fleece is be­ing grown.

This fleece is trans­lat­ing into gar­ments and bed­ding with the ‘whoo’ fac­tor.

The al­paca is an ex­tremely ver­sa­tile an­i­mal with many go­ing on life­style blocks and into small and big herds as herd pro­tec­tors.

There are also herds of 100 to 2000 where breed­ing and fleece pro­duc­tion is a pri­or­ity.

Lake­side Pavil­ion will again be bustling with al­pacas, some fab­u­lous al­paca prod­ucts and fleece. It just gets bet­ter each year.

Dif­fer­ent breed­ers have dif­fer­ent pri­or­i­ties. At Merun­gle, Jen is con­cen­trat­ing on breed­ing white, fawn and brown al­pacas to­gether with con­tin­u­ally im­prov­ing the fleece. They also keep a range of com­mer­cial al­paca prod­ucts and are hop­ing that the 2016 range will be in time for Farm World.

Other al­paca breed­ers in the Lake­side Pavil­ion spe­cialise in ar­eas such as dye­ing fleece for spin­ning, felt­ing, etc which all demon­strates what a fab­u­lous fleece al­paca is.

Hand­made ar­ti­cles will also be avail­able from these breed­ers.

Na­tional Al­paca Week runs from April 30 to May 8 and, if af­ter vis­it­ing the Lake­side Pavil­ion at Farm World, you want to learn more about al­pacas and what is hap­pen­ing with the fleece, then there will be farms open all over Aus­tralia.

De­tails will be avail­able on the Aus­tralian Al­paca As­so­ci­a­tion web­site - www.al­paca.asn.au

The ‘Free En­try’ raf­fle, with nu­mer­ous chances to win some al­paca prod­ucts, will again be avail­able to ev­ery­one who vis­its Lake­side Pavil­ion.

The Al­paca In­dus­try looks for­ward to wel­com­ing you and an­swer­ing your ques­tions and pro­vid­ing you with al­paca ex­pe­ri­ence and in­for­ma­tion.

Ween­lings from the Merun­gle Al­paca Stud.

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