The Healthy Benefits

of

Alpaca Meat

Kristen Schmitt wrote in Modern Farmer (May 2014):

  • Alpaca meat is the byproduct of culling the herd – but it’s a tasty byproduct. Each mature alpaca harvested equates to about 60 pounds of meat – roughly the same amount of meat you can get from a deer.

  • Lean, tender and almost sweet, alpaca meat is nutritionally superior to many of its red meat counterparts.  

  • Lower in calories, fat, and cholesterol, this high-protein, exotic meat is beginning to appeal to those seeking out alternatives to domesticated meat like beef or pork, and even wild meat, like venison.

  • Ground alpaca is versatile enough to be substituted in place of ground turkey or beef in most recipes.

If you love the taste of red meat, but have been told to watch your cholesterol...

or you are on a high protein/low fat diet, look no further!

Alpacas have been a main source of nutrition not only in South America, but all around the world.

Alpaca Cuts Include:

  • Steak

  • Tenderloin

  • Strip Loin

  • Rump

  • Shoulder Roll

  • Back Strap

Alpaca meat is best served medium to medium-rare and it is important to note that alpaca meat shouldn’t be cooked past medium as it could end up too dry.

This item from the Alpaca Association of New Zealand sums up our philosophy best:

Alpaca meat is very low in fat, high in protein and iron, and is believed to have the lowest cholesterol level of any meat.  It is lean, tender and almost sweet - a mild tasting meat that will take on the flavors of whatever it is mixed with, with no fatty after taste.  

We have a great affection for our alpacas. They are intelligent, easy to manage and have a light environmental footprint. We farm alpacas because we like them or we wouldn’t be doing it. But at the end of the day, they are animals and we are farmers and farmers are in business to profit from their farming activities.
One aspect of alpaca farming that has great potential is alpaca meat.

The natural order is that animals and plants yield more than they need to reproduce themselves; there is redundancy built into the system to ensure its survival.  For example, too much grass grows in spring and summer so we cut and store it as hay or silage in order to have sufficient feed in the winter. Farmers are people who manage the surplus production of plants and animals to make a living.

Alpacas are fundamentally no different in this respect from any other farm animal. They are intelligent. They are beautiful animals. But their over-production of fibre and offspring is what enables us to make an income from them.