Foreword (Continued)
   
 
  Alpaca fleece and it's marketing have been advance over the years by many who have dedicated their lives to the animals they loved. Once such Shepherd was Don Julio Barreda, 1919-2006,
 
whose selective breeding at Accoyo in Peru produced some of the finest animals obtainable. Hi dedication is still apparent in the progeny of the bloodlines he produced.
 
Don Julio Berreda was no stranger to the politics that often plagued the work of alpacas. Beginning in the 1960's, terrorists again targeted alpacas, killing off much of the South American herd. Commercial importation of alpacas to North America began in 1984 and was closed in 1998. There are now over  

100,000 registered alpacas in the United States and Canada who graze peacefully without being targeted for political gain. They can be found in all 50 States, Ohio and Oregon having the largest populations.
   
 
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Among other alpaca pioneers, North Carolina State University's College of Textiles has taken alpaca fiber production to the next level. Their research into this renewable resource has taken alpaca fleece from the spinning wheel to machinery that can turn out over six-foot wide cloth in minutes. Answering the need for "green" luxury fabric in the fashion worldis only the beginning of the research which leads into everything from military needs to the automotive industry. We salute the shephers and the visionaries and look forward to helping build the commercial herd in the United States.

 
 
 
   
 
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