Appealing alpacas in hot demand as farmers carve out wool industry niche
A West Australian farmer has revealed the ins and outs of alpaca farming as demand for the animal’s wool soars overseas.
President of the Australian Alpaca Association Brett Fallon told Deborah Knight while his wool will never compete on the scale of sheep wool, it’s nevertheless in hot demand.
“We’re definitely developing something quite niche and sought after internationally.”
Even the alpacas that don’t make the cut as shearing or breeding stock get a second chance.
“They’re used with sheep and goats and those kinds of animals to protect against foxes; they have quite a protecting instinct.
“They definitely grow on you – I started with two a long time ago and have over 200 now.”
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