Why we’re ex­cited about al­paca farm­ing

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature -

We be­lieve that we could al­ready be at a point of in­flec­tion in an ex­po­nen­tial growth pat­tern which could see as many as 600,000 al­paca in New Zealand by 2030.

For the al­paca in­dus­try in the fu­ture we need mar­kets for fi­bre, live an­i­mals, pelts and meat. This has to be the fo­cus of our ef­forts but al­ready there are peo­ple with vi­sion who are lead­ing the way.

The New Zealand al­paca in­dus­try is in a state of tran­si­tion from be­ing pre­dom­i­nantly a breed­ing in­dus­try to a farm­ing one. I pre­dict that in the years to come, more and more farm­ers will switch to al­paca as a vi­able farm an­i­mal which gives good re­turns. This is a very ex­cit­ing time to be in al­paca be­cause we are start­ing to see peo­ple re­ally farm­ing them, rather than just breed­ing them.

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