Fleece a highlight at alpaca show

THE third annual alpaca judging at Grafton Show was hailed a success.

Breeders travelled from as far afield as South West Rocks and Queensland to display their animals and fleeces and most were delighted with their results.

The inaugural fleece judging was a feature of this year’s show, and for first-time fleece entrants Alani Alpacas of South West Rocks it was particularly exciting, with fleece from Alani Lalique taking the supreme champion fleece award.

Suri alpacas are judge Angela Preuss’s speciality, being the largest suri breeder in Australia.

She was delighted to announce Humminghills Oliver Twist as supreme champion suri.

She was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the animals entered, and said this animal was of exceptional quality.

Leranda Ridge Madame Butterfly, owned by Hilldale Park in Armidale, was the supreme champion huacaya. This is a young female, not yet 12 months old, who shows great conformation and superb fleece.

The Clarence Valley Alpaca Group organised the show for the Australian Alpaca Association and everyone is to be congratulated on the effort put in to make the show such a success.

For those who would like to learn more, or have more time to spend with alpacas in their paddocks, National Alpaca Week is running from May 1-9.

In the Clarence Valley there will be two studs open to the public on Sunday.

Bring mum along on Mother’s Day and spend time with alpacas.

Karmawara Alpaca at Lawrence and Jacaranda Alpacas in Grafton will be open to the public between 10am and 4pm to answer any questions you may have, let you up close to the animals and have a great time.

The studs will also have examples of alpaca fleeces and products for you to feel and purchase if you are suitably impressed.

For more details about National Alpaca Week ring James Beeby at Karmawara on 043 986 4067 or 66 477034 or visit him at 192 Tanglewood Road, Lawrence.

Jacaranda Alpacas at 213 Ryan St, South Grafton, can be contacted by ringing Sue Challacombe on 66 423336 or 0458 423336.

“In the Clarence Valley there will be two studs open to the public on Sunday.”



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