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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.