Our llamas and alpacas are kept in a species-appropriate manner in the wild. This has been the animals' natural habitat for many generations. The freedom of animals is part of the culture in these Andean regions.
Generally, shearing is done manually using special scissors, although there are still places in South America where more primitive elements are used for shearing. The animals are only sheared by specialists in their area who enable these traditional techniques. Shearing typically takes about 2 minutes per animal and animals are typically sheared every two years. The llamas, for example, are cared for by small families and farmers. In contrast to mechanical shearing, the animal is sheared gently, also because the hair does not remain too short and would otherwise no longer provide sufficient protection for the animal against temperature fluctuations, precipitation, etc. at this altitude in the Andes. In this way we ensure the animal's welfare.
Another example is our merino wool, which comes from Patagonia on the Valdés Peninsula. Ranchers there are committed to coexistence between sheep farming for wool production and healthy wild animal populations. This means that responsible standards are set that take into account the sustainable use of grasslands in coexistence with native herbivores. Certified Wildlife Friendly™ wool from Patagonia is fully traceable and processed according to responsible standards and certified protocols.