Canada opens door to Aussie alpacas

Queensland Country Life 
By: Queensland Country Life
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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CANADA has opened its doors to highly sought-after Australian alpacas, representing a positive step for a small industry with great potential.

Head of Animal Biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Tim Chapman, said Australian alpaca genetics were highly desirable internationally.

“It is likely the animals for export will be top quality stud stock used for the genetic advancement of the Canadian herd,” Mr Chapman said.

“Alpacas are also known for their high quality fleece production, with their lustrous, silky and locking fibre being one of their most distinguishable features.”

There are about 140,000 pedigree alpacas registered in Australia, and at least that number again of unregistered animals. The majority of them are bred in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Including fleece, animal and domestic meat sales, the value of the Australian alpaca industry exceeds $12 million.

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