Green Alpacas!

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For those who are environment conscious, alpacas are ideal! Alpacas are clean, green, and can contribute to organic farming procedures.  Alpacas have been domesticated for more than 4,000 years, and are nature’s most environmentally friendly farm animals. They are sensitive to their habitat in every respect.  The following physical attributes allow alpacas to maintain their harmony with a finite Earth.

  • An alpaca is light, and it’s feet are padded to leave even the most delicate terrain undamaged as they browse.
  • The alpaca is a modified ruminant with a three-compartment stomach. It converts grass and hay to energy very efficiently, eating less than other farm animals.
  • An alpaca can thrive without consuming excessive water, although an abundant, fresh water supply is necessary.
  • South American Indians use alpaca dung for fuel and gardeners find the alpaca’s rich fertilizer perfect for growing fruits and vegetables.
  • A herd of alpacas consolidates its faeces in one or two spots in the pasture, thereby making it easy to collect and compost for fertilizer.
  • An alpaca produces fleece each year to create soft, warm sweaters for its owners comfort. Thus the alpaca contributes to community energy conservation efforts.
  • Recent experiments by NZ Scientists have shown that synthetic garments release small amounts of plastic residue into the wash water every time they are washed. This plastic eventually finds its way into the sea, along with the warning that in a few decades we may have more plastic in the sea than fish! The use of natural fibres, such as alpaca, mohair, merino, cashmere, cotton and silk,  for clothing helps to save our world!