Chinese buyers help alpaca industry boom

Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser 
By: Ashleigh Tullis
Photo: By Chris Lane

Photo Caption: Bargo's Mick Williams loves being an alpaca farmer and is excited for the future. Chinese producers are helping the industry boom.
 
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There is no doubt Australians love alpaca wool – in clothing, beanies, scarves or blankets.

Now the Chinese want in.

And Bargo alpaca farmer Mick Williams couldn’t be happier.

The boom in the market means more alpaca growers are needed fast.

And now, Mr Williams’ top priority is to establish a co-operative to make it easier for Australian alpaca growers to sell fleece overseas.

About 50 alpaca producers from NSW, Victoria and South Australia will meet at Mittagong RSL on Saturday, June 16 from 12pm to officially form an alpaca co-operative.

“The co-op will buy fleece from producers at a good price and will sell to buyers, including the Chinese,” Mr Williams said.

As a trial, the co-op sent a premium-priced 700 kilogram sample to a Shanghai processor.

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