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TAS Country : February 9th 2012
14 Friday, Febru Farm Feature Alpacas Rarely does an interest in an animal shoot you off into a new career and to university, but for Josiane Eve it did, writes ROGER HANSON LIFESTYLE CHANGE: Breeder Josiane Eve with a young alpaca from the first-year breeding program at her stud at Howden. Pictures: ROGER HANSON Alpacas set Eve on new JOSIANE Eve grew up with a love for animals, particularly horses, but it was the alpaca that stole her heart, and set her off on a new career direction. Mrs Eve and husband Dave sold up their horses and moved to Tasmania about 12 years ago. They settled on a picturesque property overlooking the water at Howden, in southern Tasmania, for a change of lifestyle. Living next to a neighbour with alpacas increased Mrs Eve's interest in the exotic animal that is related to the camel and llama. The alpaca is a high-altitude animal which has its origins in Peru, in South America. Mrs Eve, who always has had an interest in science, left the motor-trade industry --- where she had been working in NSW and Tasmania --- to concentrate on building up her alpaca stud. The couple started their stud in 2009, and are in the first year of breeding. Mrs Eve embarked on a science degree with a goal to help with ongoing research and development in the alpaca industry. She completed a science degree with honours in zoology (comparative eco- physiology and endocrinology) and is now going to work as a consultant to the industry. ''Doing the degree and study helped set up the foundations for understand- ing the reproduction and nutritional requirements of alpacas,'' Mrs Eve said. And it also prompted a desire to learn more about the alpaca's genetic complexities. She is presently studying for a Graduate Diploma of Agricultural Sci- ence at UTAS part-time, with units in farm management, agronomy, and animal science. ''I also hope to complete units in genetic breeding programs and animal nutrition from the University of New England. I expect to have it finished this year,'' Mrs Eve said. As an alpaca breeder, she is working on expanding the genetic pool of the animals in Tasmania. Once seen as unusual, alpacas are proving to be an exciting and growing industry for many Australians. Since the inception of the Australian Alpaca industry in 1989, intensive breeding and importation has grown the national herd to more than 100,000 animals, making it the largest registered herd of alpacas outside of the Americas. ''We are still an emerging industry and have many challenges to face, but we are facing the challenges in a systematic, enthusiastic and sensitive manner. Australia is at the forefront of new rural industry development.'' Mrs Eve, who has names for all of her animals, has 15 alpacas on a 2.5ha property. ''They are very feed-efficient ani- mals. That means you don't need to over-supplement, or spend a lot of money on feed if there are good levels of pasture,'' she said. Alpaca fleece is similar in style and character to good quality sheep wool without the lanolin, with an average of 18 microns or less for high-quality alpaca fleece. ''Fleece is particularly an area where we are having great success, with some breeders achieving excellent prices for their fleeces,'' Mrs
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