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Camelid NutritionHusbandry-0/5-/2008
The documented challenges of feeding llamas and alpacas! [more] 
Is Organic Alpaca the Answer?Business-0/5-/2008
The stars are coming into alignment for natural organic fibers, but will the alpaca industry seize the opportunity? [more] 
The $1.75 Million Dollar Alpaca ArrivesBusiness-0/5-/2008
More than $1.5 million. Has the world gone mad? Perhaps, but once you look at the numbers it all stacks up quite nicely for the owners at least ...... [more] 
Genetic Improvement Programmes for AlpacasHusbandry-0/5-/2008
I believe now would be a good time for the British alpaca industry to take a long hard look at EPD programmes and have a meaningful debate about estab [more] 
Feel the FiberHusbandry-0/5-/2008
The focus of the alpaca market in North America remains the sale of alpacas. However, there is a growing call particularly from smaller breeders to s [more] 
What Can We Possibly Learn from Cattle Breeders?Husbandry-0/5-/2008
I recently had the opportunity to listen to an experienced cattle breeder. He has been breeding and marketing seed stock for over 40 years now and I w [more] 
Show Rules, Breed Standards, Auctions and Poisoned Alpacas.Business-0/5-/2008
Show Rules, Breed Standards, Auctions and Poisoned Alpacas. [more] 
Breed Standards - the end of the beginning?Husbandry-0/5-/2008
Nothing polarizes a group of alpaca breeders more than a discussion on breed standards. To illustrate this point, I should tell you how the old AOBA B [more] 
Constant Genetic Improvement is Essential for SuccessHusbandry-0/5-/2008
When I arrived in the USA almost three years ago now, I went around many alpaca farms and noticed that with some farms there were always two (or even [more] 
Accelerating Genetic Improvement.Husbandry-0/5-/2008
In a truly ideal world, this initiative would include the whole North American alpaca herd but politics and the long running debate over a breed stand [more] 
The American DreamBusiness-0/5-/2008
The American mind set is geared to achieving success, often against all the odds and this year will be a test of that determination as the industry lo [more] 
Wool ... and its place in the English languageHistory-0/2-/2007
A short but fascinating history of the positioning of wool and woolen products in the English language. Light hearted but informative [more] 
Don Julio Barreda 1919-2006History-0/4-/2006
The life and times of the unarguable father of the industry. [more] 
AOBA - The Great Alpaca Marketing MachineHistory-1/1-/2005
A discussion of AOBA and it's role in marketing and creating the generic demand for alpaca ownership. [more] 
Micro chipping of livestock is of growing concern and governments around the world are introducing legislation to make chipping compulsory. This arti [more] 
Titus And The Golden FleeceHistory-1/1-/2005
In 1844 Queen Victoria despatched two alpaca fleeces from Windsor Castle to the Salts mill in Bradford and was delighted with the fine, light, lustrou [more] 
Titus Salt Obituary from the London TimesHistory-1/1-/2005
A copy of the actual obituary from the London Times .... [more] 
The Secret of the Incan KhipuHistory-1/1-/2005
The emergence of new historical knowledge about the Andean culture and knotted signs [more] 
The Emperor's New ClothesBusiness-1/1-/2005
The only way for fibre economics to add up is to retain ownership of the wool through processing and, more importantly, at the retail end where the pr [more] 
Strong Auctions and Cheating in the Show-RingBusiness-1/1-/2005
I think the title says it all .....! [more] 
Its All in the BrandingBusiness-1/1-/2005
An article about how it is possible over time to create a brand through focus, effort and determination. [more] 
The Stormy History of Peru Since the Time of the Spanish ConquistadoresHistory-0/6-/2005
A chronology (timeline) of key events in Peruvian history since the sixteenth century. [more] 
The "Dollar a Day" DressFiber-0/6-/2005
A BBC TV documentary recently featured a section on the alpaca farmers of Peru. Here is a description of the documentary and a transcript of the featu [more] 
A Comparative Analysis Of Alpaca Breed Type and StandardsHusbandry-0/6-/2005
This is a wonderfully balanced and comprehensive article on the application of breed standards in the alpaca industry. Written By Jude Anderson, Maggi [more] 
Economics and Cultural Differences Explained --- Using AlpacasBusiness-0/0-/0000
A light hearted look at alpacas' place in society [more] 
The Alpaca AdvantageBusiness-0/0-/0000
High quality alpacas are a fundamental part of any breeding programme. Here’s some great advice on how to buy fabulous foundation animals. [more] 
A Comprehensive Guide to Alpaca Pre-Purchase ExaminationsBusiness-0/0-/0000
Considering the sizable investment of time, money and emotion that goes into purchasing an alpaca, a pre-purchase examination by a licensed veterinari [more]