Our Future: Looking Good in Australian Alpaca

This May, Australian Alpaca Week celebrates 25 years of the alpaca industry in Australia. The first alpacas to land in Australia made for quite a sight as the unusual looking livestock from South America took bold steps into our foreign paddocks. Who would have guessed how well suited to their new home they would prove to be?

Today, the industry has grown from those small initial shipments to a national herd of more than 160,000 animals creating a very smart future in Australian farming serving elite breeding, luxury fibre and gourmet meat industries.

During Australian Alpaca Week, May 2-10, this fine and strong future will be yours to feel as alpaca studs open around the country to invite you to run your hands through the silky soft fleece of the Australian alpaca.

Meet these fascinating animals with their environmentally friendly credentials as they bring increasing value to the agriculture industry, and great personality to Australian farming on lifestyle properties, smallholdings and major pastoral ventures around the nation.

The world has fallen in love with the quality of Australian alpaca, now its your turn.

EVENT: Australian Alpaca Week Open Farms
WHERE: Alpaca Studs and Farms throughout Australia
WHEN: May 2 - May 10, 2015, including two weekends
WHAT: Visit farms to meet and pat alpacas and their young cria, enjoy a range of activities which may include children's handling classes, animal feeding, yarn spinning demonstrations, alpaca and alpaca products to buy, paddock tours & more, all with plenty of country hospitality.