Cold weather earlier in the year has apparently created a crisis among Peruvian alpaca farmers. Reports now coming in suggest that some 3000 beasts have been lost as a result of an unexpected cold snap in the Altiplano region. The numbers may seem small compared with the UK sheep cull dictated by the foot and mouth epidemic, but it has to be remembered that the total number of fibre yielding alpacas comprising the national flock is pitched as low as 5 million.