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A Brief Look At the New Zealand Dairy Farming Industry

Posted: 03 Aug 2011 02:02 PM PDT

The dairy industry in New Zealand plays a large part in our economy contributing 25% of total merchandise export earnings. It is the biggest export earner and is a well-known and reputable industry with a thrilling future. New Zealand's all-grass farming system, large-scale processing, high research and development investment and creative marketing make it a world class outfit.

Deer Velvet for Health

Posted: 03 Aug 2011 01:08 PM PDT

Deer velvet could be the common name for some type of medicinal plant but deer velvet is a natural product that comes from live deer. Commercially available deer velvet comes primarily from large deer farms located in New Zealand. New Zealand deer farmers raise red deer originally imported from Europe and elk that originates from North America. These large species of deer are farmed for deer velvet because of their exceptionally large antlers. Male deer shed their antlers in early winter and regrow a new set in the spring. Emerging antlers are nourished by an exterior skin called deer velvet which sloughs off once the antlers turn to bone.

Alpaca Products of Manure and Meat

Posted: 03 Aug 2011 12:00 PM PDT

For most Americans and Canadians, Alpaca Products are thought of only as breeding animals or fiber from the alpacas. Occasionally the manure is handled in a way that allows for its sale. Meat production is an additional product which an alpaca farm can offer. Alpacas are indeed very sweet, docile animals. This subject may be unpleasant and even offensive to some alpaca owners, but it is important to realize that other fiber animals are also used for their meat and hides, and that this is a legitimate use for many alpacas. If you are trying to run your alpaca farm as a business, then you should at least be knowledgeable about this aspect of alpaca farming.

Finding An Alpaca Fiber Mill

Posted: 03 Aug 2011 11:58 AM PDT

The key to having a long-term successful Alpaca farm based on selling your fiber, is creating quality yarn and felt and finding a buyer who will buy your Alpaca Fiber year after year. This will allow you to have a reliable, stable income. The two biggest targets that you should check into are local artisans and regional fiber mills. Fiber Mills are easier to find, they are professional businesses set up specifically to take in bundles (bags) of animal fiber and spin them into yarn or other final products. Therefore, they make themselves easy to find, both on the internet and in trade magazines. Still, you will need to know the services you should be asking for, the time-frame and prices before you decide which mill you may want to take your fiber to.

Fun Facts About Alpaca Fiber

Posted: 03 Aug 2011 11:42 AM PDT

It is always fun to hear about strange or little known facts from other farmers who harvest Alpaca Fiber. Here we are sharing some tips and odds-n-ends that have been gathered from three alpaca owners: they have a combined 700 animals and over 35 years of alpaca experience. None of these "facts" are meant to be scientifically proven, just anecdotal and very interesting and hopefully helpful to a new owner.

Tips to Classify and Cultivate Your Alpaca Fiber

Posted: 03 Aug 2011 11:30 AM PDT

The most luxurious natural fiber available is Alpaca Fiber. It is superior to angora and even cashmere, for it is as soft, if not softer than cashmere, yet it will not pill and has better thermal properties. Alpaca hair is virtually hypoallergenic, as it does not contain lanolin like wool - lanolin is oily and holds in dust, mites and other microscopic allergens. The lack of lanolin also means that no chemicals or special washes are needed to prepare alpaca fleece for processing. Because of this pureness, even the most sensitive skin is not irritated by alpaca products.

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