Alpacas rule. Okay, they don't really but they are going strong in Australia. Farmers here say they are the best in world. This may be a tall "call". However, alpacas are cuddly, cute and low maintenance. They also provide a nice income.
The first were brought to Australia 25 years ago, so growing them is a relatively new industry. Farmers are doing well because animals originally imported were genetically superior. This has resulted in high overseas demand for access to the gene pool.
Most breeders in Australia are small, having only a few dozen alpacas on average. Farmers have no trouble selling the fleece. The market is growing. The future looks good for alpaca meat.
The animals do not damage the land. Indeed, they all poo in one spot. As there is no centralized fleece processing body at present, individual farmers process fleece themselves. All unprocessed fleece has been pre-booked until Christmas for processing by "renters", as they are called.
◆ Genetics by Ty Buchanan ◆