Strong sales figures at Fairbridge alpaca event

31 May, 2006 08:45 PM
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ALPACA breeders were quick to buy selected females at the Fairbridge Village Alpaca Sale Day on May 27.

While a few sheep farmers searched for alpaca wethers to act as flock guards the chequebooks came out from breeders for good quality females to increase their herd sizes.

Event organiser Diana Jones said 14 alpacas were sold on the day, totalling $25,000 in transactions.

"There were a few new breeders present," Ms Jones said.

"There were also a few promising leads and a few orders were placed as well."

After a slow start to the day, which had perfect weather conditions, streams of interested people visited the sale to have their questions answered and get an up-close look at what the WA industry has to offer.

Breeders travelled from as far as Albany to sell their prized possessions.

Culpeper Alpacas from Wellard topped the sale with its one-year-old solid white huacaya female Culpeper Rosemary selling for $5500.

With a pedigree direct from Chile and Peru, Culpeper Rosemary would be a good addition to a breeding operation.

The female's fleece had a micron reading of 16.5 and a comfort factor of 100pc.

She was one of four remaining in the Culpeper Alpacas herd as breeders Barry and Leonie Owen decided to leave the alpaca industry to downsize their property and do a bit of travelling.

Cinderella Alpacas from Boddington had the second highest priced sale with its one-year-old solid white huacaya female, Cinderella Rufina, fetching $5000.

Encantador Alpacas from Armadale sold its 16-month-old solid dark fawn huacaya female Encantador Cinnamon for $3300.

Everlastings Suri Stud breeders Gwyn and John Bell from Mt Helena surprised themselves by selling all four of their solid white one-year-old suri wethers they had penned for $550 each.

In total seven wethers were sold on the day and one breeder had an order for another two.

Some of the other top priced alpacas which were not sold included Katydid Alpaca stud's two-year-old solid white mated suri female, Katydid Tea Leaf, for $9900; Ellen Vale Alpacas' one-year-old solid white huacaya female, Ellen Vale Tayara, for $6000; Peppermint Pool Alpacas' solid light-fawn mated huacaya female, Peppermint Pool Emma, with a solid white male cria, Midas, at foot for $6000; and Rivergum Rise Alpaca Stud's four-year-old solid white mated huacaya female, Amaral Chenin, for $4400 and a four-year-old solid white huacaya female, Marriglen Honesty, with a male cria, Horatio, at foot for $4400.

Besides the animals there was also a range of white, fawn and black alpaca wool for sale by various breeders and some stalls of hand-crafted knitwear.

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