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Valuable fiber producer for domestic animals

Alpaca (probably vicuna) was domesticated about 5,000 years ago, thus making it among the first domestic animals. Alpaca - like llama as well as their wild relatives, vicuna and guanago - belongs to the biological family Camelidae and can mainly be found in the South American Andean rugged mountains and plateaus.

Alpaca is a ruminant herd animal that weighs between 45-85 kg and has a height at the withers approximately 75 - 100 cm. They are primarily wool producing farm animals, from which the nomads make their living. In addition to wool, manure is another valuable alpaca produce, since it can be used as fuel. Alpacas graze during the day and return behind walls for the night. Baby alpacas get even further protection from harsh cold nights under man-made canopies.

The harsh conditions in the Andes have helped alpacas to grow one of the world’s finest wool, which in turn has led the territorial countries to focus on alpaca wool industry on a larger scale; wool is produced annually about 4,000 tons. The wide range of natural coloring in alpaca fleece reduces the need for wool coloring, thus making it also ecological. No wonder that many fashion houses have found this high-quality produce as one of their valued materials.
Alpacas bred in Finland can live a natural life cycle, i.e. about 20 - 25 years. Here they are primarily family pets and companion animals that may part-take in shows and agility competitions. Alpacas are also valuable landscape managers since their long necks enables them to reach high and their soft soles do not break the ground surface. The animal droppings are easily cleaned from the designated area and can be used as valuable natural fertilizer.  Alpacas communicate with other members of the flock by whimpering. Did you know that alpaca is also a metal alloy?

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