Paco-Vicunas at the Estes Park Wool Market
Paco-Vicunas are the rarest member of the camelid family. These animals exhibit traits of the alpaca and vicuna. Paco-Vicunas have existed for some time in small quantities in Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Now they can be found on farms across the United States. They have very dense and fine fiber like the vicuna, but with longer staple length. Vicuna fiber is renowned for its softness, fineness, rarity and color. The Paco-Vicuna personifies the exquisite traits of the vicuna with the gentle attitude of the alpaca.
There are just over 600 of these animals in the United States. They are registered with the Paco-Vicuna Registry which is owned by the Paco-Vicuna Association. An EPD (expected prodigy differences) program is in place to track specific characteristics. A step classification is used to grade the paco-vicuna. Classifications include Premier Plus, for the finest animals, proceeding down through Premier, Classic Plus, Classic, Standard Plus and Standard.
Classification is based on genotype, phenotype and fiber fineness (micron count) among other traits. Fiber fineness of 13 to 20 microns that is maintained throughout maturity is an important focus of paco-vicuna breeders.
Paco-Vicuna owners enjoy the vigor and unique personalities they find with these very special animals. One look into their big beautiful eyes and it is “love at first sight”.
Come and visit the Paco-Vicuna area where these majestic animals will be on display. Representatives from several farms will be on hand to answer questions and visit about the Paco-Vicunas. There will be a Paco-Vicuna stall inside Barn W at the Estes Park Wool Market Roving, yarn, handpicked and raw fleece along with finished items made from Paco-Vicuna will be available for purchase in the Event Center vendor area.
Anyone interested in more information about the show or to reserve Paco-Vicuna stalls for this year’s Wool Market should contact Phil Switzer at 970-586-4624 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to reserve stall space is May 23, 2017.