Entries are now open for the Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show, with the competition to be judged in colour sections for the first time in 2017.
Based on industry trends and exhibitor feedback, sections will run in the order of dark through light in both Huacaya and Suri, with classes then divided into age and sex for judging.
The 2017 Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show also sees the introduction of awarding Best in Show, with Supreme Champion Huacaya and Suri alpacas to compete against each other for the title.
Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show is making its mark as Victoria’s premier alpaca competition, providing exhibitors with a dedicated event space and valuable networking opportunities.
Alpacas have only been a part of the Australian landscape since being introduced in 1989, but have provided some of the finest and strongest quality wool, resulting in success for Australian breeders.
The alpaca industry is growing steadily in Australia and the quality and standard of the animal is continually improving.
RASV chief executive officer Mark O’Sullivan said the Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show was an invaluable opportunity for breeders to benchmark their alpacas against the best.
‘‘The Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show offers exhibitors the opportunity to receive feedback from industry experts and see where their herd stands in a competitive and continually evolving industry,’’ Mr O’Sullivan said.
Entries for the show will close on Tuesday, June 6, with judging to take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 at Melbourne Showgrounds.
The event is free for the public to attend, and is an opportunity to get up close to and learn more about these unique animals.