Defining Males

Herdsires, of course, have a major impact on the national and international herd and defining males are those that are prepotent in the traits that matter most when breeding strong, healthy animals carrying a fine, dense fleece for as long as possible. Breeders from the UK and the rest of the world travelled to South America and most particularly Accoyo and Rural Allianza Macusani in the early days searching for animals that would realise their breeding goals.

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Where Eagles and Alpacas Dare

Andrew Milne, who studied Animal Science at SRUC Edinburgh, wrote his fourth year dissertation on the potential market for alpaca guards with sheep farmers.

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Hook, Line and Sinker

Diane House writes: In the summer of 2007, myself Phil and Jodie visited Classical MileEnd Alpacas whilst staying with Phil’s parents in Silverton, Devon. After spending several hours talking ‘alpaca’ we were hooked and knew that we just had to have some of our own.

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United in the States

The alpaca industry in the United States has existed in at least some nascent form since 1984, when the first animals were imported into this country from Chile. Since that time, the domestic herd and the markets which drive it have gone through various permutations with the number of registered alpacas here currently totalling around 230,000 and the best estimates of the total domestic herd size falling somewhere between 300,000-450,000 animals.

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Sweet harmony in Peru

A new initiative is a model for harmonizing Peru’s alpaca and mining interests. By Francis Rainsford in Arequipa

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