About 95% of alpacas in UK, the same percentage as throughout the world, are huacayas, which are the best known, and are the fluffy alpacas. About 2 – 4 kilos of fleece average can be produced by a high quality alpaca each year, with outstanding animals producing 5 – 7 kilos of fleece per annum. Unlike sheep, alpacas do not have lanolin in their fleece.
About 50% of the total fleece weight an alpaca produces in best quality blanket fibre. Selective breeding at Bozedown Alpacas is steadily pushing up that percentage.