Alpacas are a relatively new farm species to Australia, having arrived as recently as 1987. But they have a long and noble history in the culture and economy of South America, where they have been domesticated as the sheep of the Andes for over 6000 years.


In the barely two decades since their introduction to Australia, Australian breeders have applied to alpacas those same principles of breeding and husbandry which they applied to the Spanish Merino in the previous 200 years, establishing international standards for excellene in meat and fleece production. Today, Australia is poised to lead the New World in the production of high quality alpaca fleece and meat.


The qualities which make fine alpaca fleece and lean alpaca meat so special have long been secrets known only to their native Andean owners, but are qualities now increasingly understood and valued by mainstream Australian breeders and broadacre farmers, who see an exciting future in breeding and further refining the New World alpaca.


Illawarra Prime Alpaca is the first of those breeders to recognise and develop the commercial future for large scale alpaca farming, based on the integrated production of high quality lean meat, fine and uniform fleece, and quality pelts for local and overseas markets. The enterprise is underpinned by ongoing science-directed breed development, driven by selective breeding and advanced reproductive techniques, and producing stud and seed stock for the alpaca industry.


Share in the pleasure and excitement of this emerging player in the Australian agricultural landscape: savour the taste, rejoice in the softness, and share in the luxury of New World Alpaca:
Illawarra Prime Alpaca.



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