National show brings out 338 of the best alpacas at Feilding's Manfeild Stadium

By: Jill Galloway
Photo: By David Unwin
Photo Caption: An alpaca at the national show at Manfeild,in Manawatū.  

Original content from Stuff.

About 338 of the finest alpacas in the nation put their best camelid foot forward at a national show in Manawatū.

The loveable alpacas with their cute ears, short velvety noses and cheeky temperament were show stoppers at Manfeild Stadium during the weekend.

They filled the big stadium, munching on food, and chewing their cud while they waited for their time in the showring.

Alpaca don't come cheap with a high quality stud male can go for more than $3000 on top of the cost of trailers to take them to shows, halters and shearing costs. They also come in the more affordable pe range of $200 to $400 depending on their gender and fibre.

Alpaca breeder from the Alpaca Place stud in Masterton, Liz Barnes said she had 50 animals and had been working with alpacas for 16 years making her an 'old hand'.

"They are easy to manage and they don't get flystrike or footrot. They are quiet, so people on lifestyle blocks, without experience of handling any animals, can cope with them and like them."

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