This is a very good question because Alpaca meat is one of the healthiest and most flavorful meats in the world. Their meat is lean, tender, and has a near-sweet flavor to it. I believe the main reason why more Alpacas are not raised for meat is because of the low meat return per animal, compared to livestock. Alpaca meat is much more expensive compared to beef, and this automatically makes it harder to sell. This price difference keeps Alpaca meat out of most low- to middle-priced restaurants.
Part of the reason is because alpacas have evolved to live in very high altitudes, specifically in the Andes in Peru. It’s possible to raise them at sea level but they might suffer from health complications, such as being unable to synthesize Vitamin D properly.
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