Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Alpacas Settling in Fine; Industry Celebrating 25 Years of Existence in Australia

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Alpacas Settling in Fine; Industry Celebrating 25 Years of Existence in Australia

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Byline: Nicky Moffat

IT'S either a stinky, spitting pest or a loveable, eco-friendly pet, depending on who you talk to.

But no matter what you think of alpacas, the introduced South American animals are here to stay.

The emerging alpaca industry is this week celebrating 25 years in Australia, with open farms being held across the Coast.

Yesterday, Palmwoods couple Jill and Jeff Willis, of Sunline Alpacas, welcomed visitors to their farm - a retirement hobby that started in 2001.

The alpaca was a "beautiful, gentle animal" and made a great pet, Mrs Willis said, adding that Sunline Alpacas sold most of its animals as pets, although wool production was the main commercial use for alpacas.

"They're the perfect animal for the small acreages," she said.

Alpaca meat and hides were also starting to take off in southern states, she said.

Mrs Willis said one of the best things about alpacas was the minimal environmental impact they had. …

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