Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show: Malakai Stud to show 15 alpacas

The Weekly Times   
By: Bethany Griffiths
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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SHANE Carey was just 13 when his career in alpaca breeding started.

After learning about the animal in high school, he thought he might try his hand at owning them.

“I started with two and built them up from there,” he said.

Some 25 years later, Shane is the owner of Malakai Alpaca stud at Miners Rest where he runs 300 alpacas, as well as breeding miniature donkeys, on 44ha.

The predominantly white and grey alpacas are grown for their fleece as well as being sold to other breeders.

Shane said it was the challenge of perfecting genetics that kept him interested, while the personalities of the animals were an added bonus.

“I just love the challenge of improving them and trying to better the breed,” he said.                                                                                                                                                                                        

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