By Perry Zavitz
“Alpacas hum” when they’re feeling the love, says Manny Terada, owner of Alpagas Low, an alpaca farm located just outside of Low on Hwy 105. A member of the “camelid family”, which includes camels and llamas, alpacas are the smallest in the group and are generally quiet, calm, and curious – traits that attracted Manny when he first encountered them at an alpaca farm a few years ago.
They are also easy to care for, and they produce beautiful quality natural wool fibre. Depending upon the animal, an alpaca will produce anywhere from four to 12 pounds of fibre once a year when sheared. Manny sends all his raw fiber to a mill in New Brunswick for processing. Products ranging from mittens to sweaters are produced locally and are for sale in his boutique or at the ski shop in Mont St. Marie.