We have had more and more interest in alpaca as a food source for both people and dogs that cannot tolerate many other foods. I haven’t had the time to research just why alpaca doesn’t cause the problems that other foods can but I do know that it is an exceptional meat that has no trouble competing with beef, pork, lamb or poultry for taste and nutrition. It is very lean, more like venison than beef or lamb.
I have to write of our small accomplishment here as it will otherwise go unnoticed, but we were the first farm in the States that openly retailed alpaca. I understand that there are others now of course, out west mostly, but we also with the help of our favorite chef were able to get it onto the menu of the first restaurant to offer it. I am proud to say that after more than five years it is still on the menu at The Refectory in Columbus OH.
Unfortunately for us it seems the demand for this excellent meat is growing far from our market place and other farms will ultimately benefit more than we from this new food. It is new here but has been eaten for a long time in other parts of the world. I won’t go into why or how we first came to using alpaca meat in this article or the prospects of it becoming more widely used but I do what to make one point. Alpaca meat is relatively expensive and so not suitable for a dog food staple. It is not part of the commercial meat industry and will remain high in price. I believe the new and very trendy emergence of restaurants with alpaca on the menu is as a result of the temporary availability of cheap animals that are being dumped. Won’t say any more about that as it would surely not gain me any friends.
We will continue to carry a small amount of this superb meat as well as alpaca dog treats and bones but for larger orders we suggest purchasing a whole animal and have it custom butchered. As a service to our customers we will help to obtain and transport your alpaca.