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David Sparks Ph.d Alpaca Scent Block
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: June 17, 2019

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Mark Niemeyer, owns Gem State Alpacas and has a herd of 53 alpacas. He talks about some of the products and benefits associated with these animals that originated from South America. "Either selling it raw, then take it and process it on a more commercial level or have it spun into yarn and focus on the people in the cottage industry, the fiber arts that love using this will either blended or straight to produce product. There are certainly other benefits to the alpaca that most folks don't think about.

Yeah. Benefits like fighting bacteria. And that can be a benefit to outdoorsmen. Alpaca Owners Association (AOA) announced recent laboratory testing results revealed that raw alpaca fiber possesses antibacterial properties. 


"While the effect is modest, it is likely comparable to the natural antibacterial properties of scoured sheep's wool," said Bud Synhorst, Executive Director of AOA.  "This will increase the interest of alpaca fiber within the active apparel industry."


The outdoor and sports apparel industry has seen increased interest in antimicrobial textile products from active consumers who want products that are odor resistant. The industry has largely addressed this demand by treating fabrics with chemicals that inhibit bacterial growth. 

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