News

Alpaca farms open to public

Come and meet this little guy when the region’s Alpaca farms open their gates to the public for National Alpaca Week.
Come and meet this little guy when the region’s Alpaca farms open their gates to the public for National Alpaca Week. Contributed

LOVERS of all things cute and cuddly have an extra-special treat in store for them this month.

Alpaca breeders will open their gates to the public to celebrate national Alpaca Week and promote growth in the unique industry.

With trademark pointy ears, boofy heads, lona 40-head herd as part of their business Beavona Lodge Suri Alpacas between Gin Gin and Mtg necks, doe eyes and luxurious silky coats, alpacas are a favourite with the younger generations and the young at heart.

Fiona Laughton and her husband Darrel maintain Perry.

Mrs Laughton said alpacas were a popular option for small-scale farmers because they were not as labour-intensive as other animals such as sheep and cattle and deliver strong returns.

"They are an absolutely delightful creature to work with," she said.

"They're easy on the environment, they're easy on the farmer and they deliver fairly consistent returns."

Mrs Laughton said the younger members of her herd always got plenty of attention when the property held open days.

"The little ones are absolutely adorable," she said.

"People tend to make quite a fuss but that's no surprise."

Beavona Lodge Suri Alpacas will be one of many alpaca farms to hold open days this month to promote the industry.

The Laughtons will open their property on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.

Ivory Park Alpacas at Bungadoo will be open Sunday, May 13 and Sunday, May 20.

In Childers, Jacaranda Park will be open for visitors from May 5-11.

Topics:  national alpaca week



Education a worthy spend: Hogan

Female high school student studying

Gonksi 2.0 model still benefits Valley according to Kevin Hogan

Polocrosse hits fever pitch at Hawthorne Park

ALL SYSTEMS GO: This weekend Grafton Polocrosse Club hosts its first annual carnival at Hawthorne Park since the club re-formed.

New lease of life in the Clarence Valley for equestrian team sport

Cosmic clashes set for local derby battle

STRUGGLING: It is always a tight tussle when the Yamba Buccaneers meet the Iluka Cossacks in the Clash of the Heads local derby.

Buccs look to reverse losing trend in Clash of the Head local derby.

Local Partners

National Sorry Day: Reflecting on testing times

CRANES acknowledged National Sorry Day at the Saraton Theatre on Friday with a film and talk by Paul Dutton, who was taken away from his family as a child


Polocrosse hits fever pitch at Hawthorne Park

ALL SYSTEMS GO: This weekend Grafton Polocrosse Club hosts its first annual carnival at Hawthorne Park since the club re-formed.

New lease of life in the Clarence Valley for equestrian team sport

Support for Kara's treadmill marathon explodes

Former Grafton and now NSW cricketer Kara Sutherland bowling to cricket legend Sir Viv Richards. Photo: MARK NEWSHAM

Support for treadmill marathon thrills organiser Kara Sutherland.

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

JUST WHEN you thought you’d all of Bella Hadid’s supermodel figure — she gets her Cannes out on the red carpet of an AIDS gala dinner in France.

Working dogs put on a show at Ulmarra

The skills of man's best friend will be put to the test with the Ulmarra Dog Trials on June 24-25.

Man's best friend will be put the test at the Ulmarra Dog Trials.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

NETFLIX FIRST: Townsend boy's leading role

SHOOTING STAR: Former Townsend resident Leigh McGrath, right, on the set of the soon to be released movie Australia Day.

Leigh McGrath is helping shake up entertainment industry.

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

Dreamworld could become a “more attractive and entertaining park”.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

REVEALED: Where it's cheaper to pay off a mortgage than rent

6/190 Ewing Rd, Woodridge, is listed for offers $215,000. Picture: realestate.com.au

Brisbane suburbs where it is cheaper to buy than rent

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!