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AUSTRALIAN ALPACA BALE SCORES TWO WORLD RECORDS
A bale of ultrafine alpaca fibre produced by Australian alpaca breeders has broken two world records.
The bale of white alpaca fleeces firstly broke the world record for being the finest bale of alpaca ever produced, with a certified core test result of 17.8 microns.
Following on from this initial achievement, on the 3rd August this year, the bale was sold for the world's highest price ever paid for a bale of alpaca, with a sale price of $7,000. As the bale weighed 112 kilos, this represents a per kilo price of $62.50.
The bale was compiled with fleeces from growers throughout Australia which were consigned through the national fleece consigning and marketing scheme known as Premium Alpaca.
Purchaser of the bale, Mr Keenan Scott of Waiheke Alpaca of New Zealand, said the fibre would be processed with other ultrafine alpaca fleeces to produce luxury 'next to skin wear' garments.
Mr Scott said he had negotiated with AAFT for a continuous supply agreement for more ultrafine bales, thereby ensuring this was a 100% Australasian venture. He also stated the agreement would be exclusively through Premium Alpaca given the high level of 'Quality Assurance' requirements provided throughout the scheme.