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Caravel & Galley Pepper with Gale in the back ground
|Alpacas are smaller than their
counsins, the Llama. Domesticated over 5,000 years by the Incan civilzation
of the Andes Mountain in Peru, they played a major role in the Incan culture and
are today a major source of income for the people of Peru where their numbers
reach approximately 4 million. In the United States there are approximately
150,000+ registered alpacas.
Facts about Alpacas:
10.National organizations** available to the Alpaca owner include:
b) The Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America (AFCNA) which accepts fleece from members and turns into finished products that can been be sold through member farms or their vendors.
c) The Alpaca Registry – Each Alpaca born in North America is DNA registered to help ensure accurate records in order to document bloodlines. Importation of Alpacas in the United Sates was closed in 1998.
In order for the Alpaca Industry to be a major player in the World Textile/Fashion markets, we need to increase the numbers of Alpacas bred for fiber to approximately 400,000.
From the State of Texas, Office of the Governor:
“Agriculture is a mainstay of the Texas Economy and a cherished part of our state’s heritage. The alpaca is now a part of that agricultural heritage, having been raised as livestock in Texas for more than 20 years.
Known the world over for producing soft, lightweight, durable and hypoallergenic fiber, alpaca is growing in popularity everywhere. In Texas, the number of alpaca and alpaca ranches are on the rise.
As alpaca agribusiness in Texas and throughout the world is continuing to thrive and grow, I encourage all Texans to join me in learning more about this interesting animal and this growing part of our state’s agriculture industry.
There, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim September 26-27, 2009,
Alpaca Farm and Ranch Days
in Texas, and urge the appropriate recognition wehreof.”