Running alpacas may have been an after thought for Kym and Lindsay Edmunds more than 19 years ago, but they have made full use of the likeable animal since.
Not only does their stud Andonbel breed Huacaya alpacas, use the meat, fertilise crops and gardens with their manure, they also use the wool to make fine products.
With the help of some handy locals, Kym sells a very wide range of alpaca wool products.
“Lindsay handles the shearing and I give him a hand,” Kym said.
“Then I employ the use of local spinners and knitters in Narromine to make the most out of the wool.
“The wool is ideal for jumpers, scarves, gloves and baby clothes among other things.
“Some of our wool goes to a business in Melbourne that makes blankets and socks while some heads overseas at that is the only place where some items are processed.
“We try to do as much as we can locally though,” she said.
Kym has no shortage of interested buyers and gets out to events as much as possible to showcase her products.
“I sell items made from the wool at markets and have a lot off interest in them,” Kym said.
“I go to the Mudgee and Dubbo markets, Lazy River twice a year, and for the past 10 years have gone to the Nyngan Ag Expo,” she said.