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Autumn 2017

Alpacas en España

The Realities of the Alpaca Market in Spain, by Jane Powell of AlpacaSpain. The AlpacaSpain herd of some 40 animals reside at La Dehesa in the picturesque village of Gaucín which is in the Sierra Bermeja mountains in Andalucía and…
Autumn 2017

Magic in Miniature

Who knew that long suri fibre would be such a ‘must have’ for those who make wigs for dolls. One such company is Zerga Studio, based in Poland, who buy their long suri from UK Alpaca Ltd. Emilia Machnik has…
Autumn 2017

The Value of Length

...Or why staple length should be a top breeding priority, By Ian Watt. Where do you, the breeder, fibre processor or fibre buyer, value length in your prioritising of selection values? Many breeders and fibre buyers get seduced by fibre…
Autumn 2017

Crate Expectations

Nic Cooper of Southern Alpacas Stud writes about the trials and tribulations of import and export Ever since alpacas were "discovered" and spread to the world outside South America, the export and import of alpacas has been a big, and…
Summer 2017

Embryo Transfer: A New Dawn

THE FIRST CRIA, conceived by embryo transfer, that can be registered with the American breed society, will be born in July. The Alpaca Owners Association in the USA has always resisted artificial reproduction and ET and AI cria could not…
Summer 2017

We Love Lusi

By Lulu Oliver, Lusi Alpacas. When asked to write this article I wasn’t sure how to go about it and from what angle so I have written a little about Lusi Alpacas and a bit more on my thoughts of…
Summer 2017

A Stitch in Time

Female prisoners in Cusco in Peru are being employed by a Danish fashion label, Carcel, to make knitted garments. Carcel was launched in Copenhagan with the aim of breaking the spiral of poverty by paying female prisoners a living wage.…
Spring 2017

The Judges Story

International judge Robin Näsemann has been breeding alpacas with his family for twelve years. Their farm is called “Abolengo de Alpaca” and they have 70 alpacas that graze on “Gut Aldenhövel” in Lüdinghausen. Alpacas caught our attention on a TV…
Spring 2017

A Better Future

In search of alpacas and sustainable alpaca yarns. The existence of a Peruvian alpaca living in the Andes appears to be close to the most perfect that an animal can strive for. The alpacas living in the Andes spend their…