Monday, December 19, 2011

Understanding Alpaca Farming

By Terry Philips

With the textile industry dying in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, it’s time to see what we can do about reviving that through innovative ideas. In fact, it’s a loss of everything – cotton industry and wool industry as well.

But, when one door shuts another opens – and this tends to be what happens when it comes to alpaca farming.

Fashion’s latest big thing, alpaca clothing is worn across the globe now and continues to rise in popularity. A cousin of the llama, alpacas come from the Peruvian Andes and are well-known for being warm and feel like luxury. This means that it can be an opportunity for some.

Due to its growing popularity and skilled woven nature, buying this clothing is expensive. Making it yourself means that you don’t have to do so much. Used for woven and knitted items, it is a versatile fibre that doesn’t involve killing the animal.

With some items going for as much as $200, it’s well worth considering as a business venture if you are looking to work for yourself. However, the alpacas themselves are not cheap to buy or look after so be sure that you are in a position to give this a real go before getting started.

Always consider that this task is far from plain sailing. The alpacas are not scared to fight back and packs a real punch themselves if you are not careful. Many farmers have spoken about how the animals will step on your feet or body slam you when you go to shear them – this means that you need a good sense of humour mixed with a good sense of balance.

Found in the Peruvian mountains, it is best bred in the natural habitat where they feed naturally. Added care needs to be considered if you are going to rear them from outside their native South America.

Every breeder needs to be conscientious to get the best results, along with a passion for business. Some of the things that you should consider:

– Layout – You and your animals need to get around the alpaca farm easily, so consider putting laneways into the premises.

– Shelter – Do you need a barn or will a shelter do? It all depends on location but many think that a simple shelter does the tricks.

– Manure – As something that rolls, you need to scoop the dung uphill or risk chasing downhill. It can be used as a gourmet treat for the dog (sometimes) and is great for growing plants – particularly corn.

– Safety – Alpaca fencing is needed to ensure that you don’t need to be worried all the time, and you should always look into the transportation of alpacas to avoid making mistakes on this.

Wheen looking for alpaca clothing, be sure to keep an eye out for recommended retailers. Always be sure that you know who you are buying off when searching for fair trade clothing online. Click the following link to find the best selection of fair trade scarves.


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