Photo: Courtesy of Mudgee Guardian
Photo Caption: Jake Wakeling with his Supreme Champion Alpaca, his stud Lemar Park also took the Supreme Champion Suri award in the fleece competition.
The alpaca halter classes at the Mudgee Show saw some outstanding competition from local breeders.
Supreme Champion went to Jake Wakeling’s Arcadia Totem a four-year-old male Huacaya.
Guest judge Dinah Fisher praised the quality of the Huacaya and Suri entries from Vision Alpacas, Ravenswood, Allynbrook Farm and Lemar Park studs.
“There is no doubt that the future of alpaca breeding is the Mudgee region is very strong,” she said.
“With the range of colours from white to fawn and dark brown through to black there are some outstanding natural fibres available.
“The commitment of the owners to producing high quality wool is very evident.”
Champion Awards went to Vision Alpacas, Allynbrook Farm Alpacas and Reserve Champion and first in class awards were won by Ravenswood , Lemar Park, Vision and Allynbrook Farm studs.
The alpaca industry is producing some of the finest and most sought after wool in Australia with products ranging from superfine yarn to felted garments and rugs, now available both locally and interstate.
The chance to see these animals parading was an opportunity for the Mudgee Community to get to know more about the industry.
Outstanding entries were also submitted to the alpaca fleece competition.
The Supreme Champion Suri award went to a fleece from Jake Wakeling’s stud Lemar Park which makes him the most successful breeder on the day.
The Supreme Champion Huacaya fleece was from Vision Alpacas.
Other local breeders who won first prizes for their fleeces include Allynbrook Farm, Vision, Ravenswood and Lemar Park.
The fleece judge Robyn Northam was impressed with the quality of both Huacaya and Suri entries in this year’s competition.
The fleeces were well prepared and in the full range of colours from white to fawn to dark brown and black.
The convenor of the halter competition Louise Manwaring and the convenor of the fleece competition Max Northam thanked the breeders, guest judge Dinah Fisher, fleece judge Robyn Northam and the Mudgee Show Society for making the 2017 alpaca sections such a success at the Mudgee Show.
Alpacas are intelligent and curious animals able to be halter trained and suitable for both large and small enterprises due to their easy handling.
They also make fine herd guards and even great pets.
Families visiting the alpaca pens during the show enjoyed the chance to meet and interact with these interesting animals.
Next on the Central West Alpaca Association calendar is the 2017 Bathurst Royal Show, on the weekend of April 28-30.
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