TO many in the agriculture sector, the alpaca industry has been known predominantly for showing.
However, thanks to the work of groups like NSW-based organisation Waratah Co-Op, the alpaca fleece industry has taken off domestically and internationally.
After being formed in 2018, the co-op, which has about 50 foundation members, is now working on it’s biggest international order to date.
Waratah Co-op foundation member Mick Williams, Coolawarra and Storybook Alpacas, Mittagong, said the group was putting together an order for between 120,000 and 150,000 kilograms of alpaca fleece to go to China.
“As we were in formation, we had some inquires from China and they actually flew out to have a look at some fibre,” Mr Williams said.