people eat alpacas?
Yes, in parts of South America, alpacas and llamas have been
used as a source of meat and skins for thousands of years.
Currently, in Australia, alpacas are bred predominantly
for the beautiful, soft fleece (wool) they produce. There are alpacas
being bred for meat and restaurants that offer it on their
Just as meat from cattle is called beef and deer is venison,
the term being used for alpaca meat in ustralia currently is La Viande.
Here at Intrepid Alpacas we are vegetarians, so have not tasted
alpaca meat, but apparently it is quite a lean meat with a taste
described as similar to sweet lamb.
As time goes on and the number of alpacas increases,
there may be a market for alpaca meat (and hides) as well as for
fibre. Alpacas breed so slowly, however, that it will probably
take some time for there to be enough alpacas to supply a meat
I also believe that Australians as a whole are reluctant
to explore meat that is not the traditional beef, lamb or chicken
and changing this attitude could take some doing.
We think our alpacas are much
more trusting and friendly towards us than they were before we
gave up eating meat. I think they can somehow sense that we are
vegetarians and that we will never kill and eat them. (Or perhaps
they just figure we would've eaten them already by now if we were