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Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Rural Fire Service - By Mary Ord

Gun­na­matta Stud Al­pacas, a small alpaca breed­ing busi­ness in Gal­ston have been show­ing our gor­geous al­pacas at agri­cul­tural shows for over 20 years now. One of the high­lights of the alpaca show­ing sea­son has al­ways been the most pop­u­lar show in NSW - the Syd­ney

Royal Easter Show. It's one of the most well known shows in the coun­try and at­tracts par­tic­i­pants from all over this wide brown land. As an ex­hibitor at this pres­ti­gious show, we ex­pect the stan­dard of al­pacas to be very high and this year was no ex­cep­tion. We took 5 of our show team and were awarded a "first in class" with 3 of our ex­hibits and a "Highly Com­mended" with an­other. We ex­pected the com­pe­ti­tion to be fierce and it was - so we were re­ally thrilled with our re­sults.

Alpaca judg­ing is based on an as­sess­ment of both the con­for­ma­tion of the an­i­mal and the qual­ity of the fleece. Be­ing a fleece pro­duc­ing an­i­mal, the qual­ity of the fleece is just as im­por­tant as the con­for­ma­tion. The qual­ity of the fleece is based on an as­sess­ment of the fine­ness, uni­for­mity, den­sity, han­dle, crimp and bright­ness of the fleece.

You can visit our show win­ning al­pacas and han­dle some lux­u­ri­ous alpaca fleece at Gun­na­matta Stud Open Days - May 5 and 6. Con­trib­uted by Sue May­nard.

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