Alpaca fiber, with a fineness rating of 13.1 microns, was recorded in the Guinness World Record as the finest in the world at the recent Fecasam 2017 Livestock Fair held in the Puno region of Peru.
Fibers from the two specimens of alpaca breeds, Huacaya and Suri, were considered in the official book of the Guinness World Record as the finest in the world. Prior to the heated competition, a parade was carried out in the Plaza de Armas of Macusani, widely viewed as the “alpaca capital”.
Socrates Olivera Vilca, Regional Director of the organization Agro Rural, said that in order to motivate the Andean alpaca producers, veterinary kits for 28,000 head of cattle as well as 5,600 kilograms of hay were delivered in order to protect the livestock and the fineness of their alpaca fiber in the face of low temperatures and snowfall.
It was announced that there are future plans for a processing plant that will eventually increase the value to alpaca fiber and help local economies. In the Arequipa region, where alpaca fiber is very popular in the form of sweaters and scarfs, prices could double once the plant is in place.