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Australian alpaca industry booming

Australia’s alpaca industry attempts to double the size of the nation’s herd within the next few years.

ABC rural reports that the animals are farmed for their genetics, meat, and fine fleece. “Once the domain of hobby farmers, the industry has become fully sustainable and has never been stronger”, according to Australian Alpaca Association president Ian Frith.

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Around 2,300 alpaca breeders have registered more than 200,000 animals in Australia but Mr Frith estimates the national herd would already be twice that size, with plans to top one million alpacas by 2021. This is mainly due to the increasing demand for alpaca products in Asia.

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