BREEDING & SHEARING  – Alpacas and llamas live all over the Andean mountains in balance with nature and local communities, and they are a key factor for local economies. They live, eat, and sleep in nature, and they move in small groups owned by thousands of herders, who do the breeding and raising. When the right time of the year approaches, herders shear the animals. This precious fiber is then sold to merchants, who collect it from all over the fields to be refined and spun by leading companies.