Mounting concern is being expressed in Peru over the steady increase of coarser alpaca fibre (31 microns+) whilst the production of finer, and more commercial, qualities (20 to 26 microns) is diminishing by comparison. Further, the coarser qualities are noted for more kemp and general hairiness giving them an unattractive comfort factor for apparel.
Shearing time normally takes place once a year. The fiber to be
harvested has been growing for 365 days and in two or three days, the
shearing will be completed. The degree of involvement by the owner in
the management of the shearing process will determine the marketability
of the clip.