Al­pacas are all-Wright

Central and North Burnett Times - - FENCE POST - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

AL­PACAS are cute and cud­dly, have their own per­son­al­ity but spit green goo if ag­gra­vated.

For MarkWright, who has worked around a va­ri­ety of an­i­mals dur­ing his life­time, he was only too happy to learn to live with al­pacas af­ter meet­ing his fu­ture wife Tr­isha Pryor in 2012.

Tr­isha was hooked on the an­i­mals when she went to an auc­tion in 2008 with par­ents Mar­garet and Steve Pryor, who have Yen­garie Al­pacas near Mary­bor­ough.

TheWrights have made their home atWoowoonga Hall Rd near Biggen­den and couldn’t be hap­pier.

The cou­ple even ex­changed their mar­riage vows on the prop­erty last April.

Tr­isha said they bought the block as the cost of land for its size was a telling fac­tor.

“We had a vi­sion where ev­ery­thing had to go and it’s worked out that way.

“It’s won­der­ful to stand at the back door and look over the farm.

“We are also close to my par­ents at Mary­bor­ough and my grand­mother in Biggen­den Hos­pi­tal,” Tr­isha said.

Tr­isha said that as the house on the prop­erty had burnt down, they re­lo­cated.

“Ren­o­vat­ing the house is still a work in progress.”

Be­fore the al­pacas were bought onto the prop­erty, the cou­ple com­pleted the fenc­ing of the pad­docks.

They named the prop­erty Rose­mark, us­ing Mark along with Tr­isha’s mid­dle name.

The prop­erty was orig­i­nally named Prickly Acres but the prick­les have been re­moved and the Wrights have planted roses.

Tr­isha said the al­pacas were shorn late Septem­ber.

“I sell the raw fleece to the lo­cal spin­ners to turn into beau­ti­ful gar­ments,” she said.

“The end prod­uct is light, softer and warmer than sheep fleece and has no barbs or lano­line.”

TheWrights’ herd is now nine but they would like to build it up to 20.

Stud male is Sam­buca and the cou­ple hopes for a girl in the next ba­bies to be born.

They do have to sell the lit­tle boys so they have two look­ing for homes.

Buddy, their maremma, keeps a close eye on the herd and has been known to round up the frilly lizards to pro­tect his herd.

TheWrights were pleased to re­ceive a sec­ond rib­bon for Kim­berly at the re­cent Agro Trend.

DIN­NER TIME AT ROSE­MARK: Tr­isha Wright feeds the al­pacas at the Woowoonga Hall Rd prop­erty near Biggen­den.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

Tr­isha Wright says her al­pacas are cute and cud­dly.

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