Mourne Alpacas
Mourne Alpacas

The Belfast Telegraph reports:

It is renowned for being a soft, durable and hypoallergenic fibre which doesn’t pill or shrink when washed. It is also environmentally friendly due to the lack of chemicals used to create it.

Fur the love of it: Global demand for Co Down alpacas’ lustrous fleeces

It is now beginning to build an export business from Mourne:

“As we stage an alpaca presence at Balmoral every year, the request for our fleeces and for our end product yarns when we started to produce them grew and grew, and we enjoyed a great relationship with many end producers who were very impressed with the quality of the finished yarns and demanded more and more product from us every year.”

Now, the local herd has begun to expand their production of yarn into selling bespoke knitting patterns so that keen crafters can make their own accessories and stunning throws and clothing emblazoned with Mourne mountain-themed motifs and speciality stitches.

Mourne Alpacas has so far sold yarns all over the world, including USA, Canada, mainland Europe and South America.

Fur the love of it: Global demand for Co Down alpacas’ lustrous fleeces