Alpacas growing as part of local agricultural scene

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By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls

Sun Staff Writer

When it comes to raising livestock in Kentucky, one thinks primarily of horses, cattle, sheep and pigs. But few people know that Kentucky is fast becoming known as a place to raise alpacas.

Two types of alpaca are raised for their fleece. The fleece of the huacaya breed has a tight crimp, similar to that of merino sheep, while the suri breed is more like a dreadlock style. Alpaca fleece is warmer than sheep wool and it contains no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic, and it also maintains its elasticity better than wool.

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