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The Alpaca Industry Advances
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  1. Livestock Classification
    For several years now alpacas have been deemed federally and by many states as a "livestock". This rectifies the misleading perception that alpacas are just an exotic hobby! MORE
  2. Fiber Buyers
    In both breeds of alpacas there now exists commercial organizations that will buy fiber shorn from your alpacas. Here are links to just two of them
  3. End Product
    Alpaca fiber at its optimum is revered worldwide as a specialty fiber that dictates a premium both for the raw and finished products. In both breeds the fiber is exquisite. It is soft to handle, is light, durable and fashion houses especially in Europe worship its superior characteristics.
  4. Representation
    Alpaca owners are represented by a national organization, AOA, with permanent staff, a CEO, and offices in Lincoln Nebraska. Alpacas are registered on a national DNA database to verify parentage. Membership is some 2000 plus strong. AOA
  5. Show Circuit
    This is not a poodle parade. In nearly every state breeders can attend shows where their alpacas are judged based on commercial productivity and longevity of the species. Alpaca judges are trained to identify quality of fiber and anatomical correctness of the animal. MORE HERE.
  6. Much Much More:
    The industry has advanced in so many ways much of it stimulated by a focus on science to improve the breed for commercial production. From fiber testing, skin biopsy analysis, a national progeny improvement program along with opportunity in marketing for national recognition. MORE.
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