Lo­cal Breed­ers Open their Al­paca Studs

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Al­paca Week -

The first week of May has been des­ig­nated as Aus­tralian Al­paca Week for the Aus­tralian Al­paca As­so­ci­a­tion and its mem­bers. To cel­e­brate, two lo­cal al­paca breed­ers will open their doors to the pub­lic and in­vite any­one in­ter­ested in al­pacas to come and learn about th­ese fas­ci­nat­ing crea­tures and how they are man­aged on small acreage. Gun­na­matta Stud (open May 5th and 6th) and Wool­paca Farm (open Sat May 5th only) are just a 10 minute drive from each other and close to the beau­ti­ful vil­lages of Gal­ston and Glenorie. Both studs are mem­bers of the NSW re­gion of the Aus­tralian Al­paca As­so­ci­a­tion and have bred show win­ning al­pacas for some years. Show qual­ity al­pacas will be on dis­play and avail­able for sale as well as raw al­paca fi­bre suit­able for spin­ning and also al­paca prod­ucts such as beau­ti­ful balls of silky soft al­paca knit­ting yarn which has been pro­cessed here in Aus­tralia.

Al­pacas are recog­nised as the all-round en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly live­stock. With their soft-padded feet, they are very kind to our frag­ile Aus­tralian soils as well as be­ing adapt­able to most con­di­tions. Al­pacas are easy to man­age and in ad­di­tion to pro­duc­ing a soft-han­dling fleece in a range of colours, they are also ex­tremely ap­peal­ing an­i­mals to own. Most peo­ple who start out with a cou­ple of al­pacas, even as grass-eaters, are soon on the look­out for a few more to com­ple­ment their herd. Al­paca wethers are also very pop­u­lar with sheep farm­ers, who use the al­pacas to chase foxes away from their lambs and birthing ewes.

Good qual­ity al­paca fi­bre is in high de­mand over­seas with de­mand out­strip­ping sup­ply. The fi­bre is also very pop­u­lar with hand spin­ners. The great range of nat­u­ral colours means that dy­ing is un­nec­es­sary, leav­ing the fi­bre with its orig­i­nal silky han­dle.

For phone en­quires please con­tact Kim Catt on 0402 317 622 or Sue May­nard on 02 9653 2277

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