Alpacas prove popular at the Royal Bathurst Show on Sunday

Western Magazine    
By: Bradley Jurd
Photo: Courtesy of Western Magazine

Photo Caption: Jen Vandenbergh, from Orange, and Chloe Boyd, from Molong, with their alpacas. 

Original content from Western Magazine.

While they were there for one day only, they were extremely popular with people of all ages.

The Bathurst Royal Show welcomed the alpacas on Sunday, with a fancy hat parade to mark the occasion.

One entrant travelled all the way from Tasmania to show of their alpacas, with plenty of entrants from the Central West as well.

Alpaca shed convener Jennie Menzies said there was some excellent alpacas on show.

“We’re here for the one day only and some people left as early as 3am to be here and they’ll go home this afternoon after the judging,” she said.

“They’re wonderful animals and there’s been some amazing alpacas on show.”

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Animal therapy farm to start in Myers Flat, tailored for vulnerable children

Bendigo Advertiser      
By: Adam Holmes
Photo: By Adam Holmes

Photo Caption: Flash Farm founder Kristy Kemp with the micro donkey and one of the alpacas on the animal therapy farm in Myers Flat.

Original content from Bendigo Advertiser.

FOR 14 years, Kristy Kemp has been working towards her dream – establishing an animal-assisted therapy farm near Bendigo for children with autism, in residential care or in other vulnerable situations to develop life skills.

She saw the positive effect a dog had on her son with Aspergers, and wanted to share this with others.

So, on a block of land in Myers Flat, Ms Kemp has established Flash Farm – a type of hobby farm with dozens of animals including miniature cattle, sheep, three horses, chickens, two alpacas, a micro donkey, miniature pig and more.

Ms Kemp, a trained social worker, said this type of therapeutic environment was unique to Bendigo.

“When I was working at Anglicare, we were spending thousands and thousands of dollars to send kids out to Shepparton and other places to get this kind of therapy,” she said.

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Farm World underway at Lardner Park in Warragul

The Weekly Times     
By: Chantelle Francis
Photo: Courtesy of The Weekly Times

Photo Caption: Leah Burnett and Joshua Evans.

Original content from The Weekly Times.

 LEAH BURNETT, 16

Victorian Alpaca Youth Group

It is Leah Burnett’s second year at Farm World and she says she loves seeing all the agricultural exhibits.

Today, she is showcasing some alpacas and helping to educate other young people about the species.

Leah, of Heathmont, hopes to become a vet nurse and is currently studying at Donvale Christian College, where they have an alpaca program.

 JOSHUA EVANS, 17

A past member of the Victorian Alpaca Youth Group, Joshua Evans has a passion for agriculture.

The 17-year-old from Mitcham gets up at 4.30am to travel to Melbourne Polytechnic in Whittlesea, where he studies agriculture.

Agriculture will get stronger as time goes on because humans can’t live without it and we will find new efficient ways to do things, he says.

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What's on in the Upper Lachlan | Keep the kids busy these school holidays

Goulburn Post  
By: Rick Ganley & Mary McIntyre
Photo: Courtesy of Goulburn Post

Photo Caption: FURRY FRIENDS: You can move around freely and hand-feed the friendly, inquisitive alpacas in Crookwell.

Original content from Goulburn Post.

The school holidays are upon us, and once again we face that age old question: what are we going to do with the kids?

Well, the Upper Lachlan has you covered.

Alpaca Farm Experience in Crookwell

This is a hands on experience.

The alpacas are friendly and inquisitive and they each have their own personality.

Watch as they interact with each other, admire the variety of colour, their gentle nature and inquisitive minds.

Hand feed and move freely among the herd at Greenridge Glen Alpacas.

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