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Fibre of the gods - alpaca keeping in Peru

  • Camelids crossing
  • Field of 'gold'
  • Hardy herds
  • Headcount
  • Life uphill
  • Improving genes and livelihoods
  • A Great fibre provider
  • Street scene - Juliaca
  • Adding value
  • Winter warmers


An alpaca keeper inspects his herd as they overnight in a dry-stone pen. Prior to the Spanish invasion in the 15th Century, there were around 30 million alpacas in South America, but competition from introduced merino sheep forced them to adapt to the tough upland conditions of the high Andes. There are currently around three million.



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