Alpacas are a member of the camelid family which includes Camel, Llama, Alpaca, Vicuna and Guanaco.
Alpacas are farmed extensively in South America, their homeland, and the Australian herd is made up of the progeny of imports from Peru and Chile.
In South America alpacas are farmed for their fleece, known there as "the fibre of the Gods" and also for their meat.
In Australia alpacas are farmed almost exclusively for their fleece which has a silk like quality and is soft and cool to the touch and comfortable next to the skin without the itchiness sometimes experienced with wool.
There is the beginnings of an alpaca meat market for restaurants in Australia and for export under the name La Viande http://www.Laviande.com.au It is a delicious, fat free meat and therefore a healthy choice.