The alpaca, the goat and the rabbit, animals whose hair is valuable for their wool, are raised in Haute-Vienne

Although sheep’s wool remains the best known and most used, operators have chosen to use the coats of other animals to discover its softness.
This is the case of Alice Gibaut who took over only part of the operation from her in-laws in Darnac, after first settling in Compreignac three years ago.

The breeder initially chose to work with five alpacas and when he moved in at the beginning of the year, goats and Angora rabbits were added to his herd.

In Alice, all her animals have names and the balls that come out of her animals have the animal’s last name.

To spin wool, a spinning wheel

The breeder, who is also a nurse’s aide, initially wanted to work with these quadrupeds because he fell in love with them: “I am fascinated by alpacas, I love knitting, so I took the plunge and bought five. Wanted I want to beautify this beautiful wool so I equipped myself with a spinning wheel that allows the wool to be spun because micro spinning mills are too expensive for me. »

In fact, at Au fil d’alpaga, Alice does almost all the changes, from the shearing to the final transformation, and the quantities harvested each year vary according to the species: “I am able to recover three kilos per alpaca and three kilos per goat by shearing them once or twice a year. For the rabbits, it’s different, I brush them every week, which allows me to recover about a gram of wool of rabbit every week. »

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Therefore, these duvets are quite important if we compare them with others: “The big difference with the more classic wools is the softness, the softest is the angora rabbit. After all, they all have particularity. The Angora is very soft with a slight shaggy effect. Alpaca will create a lot of warmth and is mostly hypoallergenic. Goat wool, on the other hand, will be used for its silky and shiny side. Depending on which part of the body harvests the soft gold, the transformation will be different, from sweater to pillow filling to felting. »

For everyone who wants to meet Alice’s animals, their story can be followed on the Facebook and Instagram page Au Fil d’alpaga.

Alice in the Land of Sweet Gold

Alpaca wool, warm and hypoallergenic. On Alice Gibaud’s farm, the alpacas are sheared once a year as summer approaches and more specifically at the end of spring to prevent their coat from keeping too warm.

A fleece from an alpaca represents approximately three kilograms of wool per year and sells for 25 euros per 100 grams. The breeder currently has 5 alpacas and hopes to breed them. Alice Gibaud wanted to have a small herd of not more than fifteen of her quadrupeds.

Angora goat wool, silky and shiny. Angora goats enable mohair wool to be harvested. Eight in number in the farm park of Au Fil d’alpaga, these goats are very affectionate and love to stroke their soft coats. They came as soon as they were called.

The goats are sheared twice a year, in January and June, which allows to recover about three kilos of wool per goat that sells for 20 euros per 100 grams.

Angora rabbit wool, very soft with a furry effect. No shearing for the twenty or so Angora rabbits on Alice Gibaud’s farm, at least not to restore their coat. In fact, the hair of leporids is recovered by depilation or by brushing.

The breeder uses only the latter of these methods and recovers approximately one gram of hair per rabbit per week. It takes 25 grams to make a ball that then sells for 60 euros per 100 grams.

Cedric Goessens

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