1 December 2020
National Fleece Challenge shines a light on alpaca fibre
In a year of challenges and isolation many alpaca breeders have missed the opportunity to showcase the quality of their breeding program at alpaca shows.
The National Alpaca Fleece Challenge, a one-off fleece show concept developed by the Australian Alpaca Association is being held on 4-6 December, with judging taking place in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
National Fleece Challenge Co-convenor Paul Haslin said “We are thrilled that we have a grand total of 513 entries to be judged, comprising of 411 class entries, 59 entries in the Most Valuable Commercial Fleece and 43 entries in the Progeny Groups”.
“We are pleased that senior AAA alpaca judge Natasha Clark, who has judged extensively in Australia and overseas, has been able to travel from Victoria to judge this special event. This is truly a national event with fleeces received from across the country, representing all alpaca growing states.” said show co-convenor Lyn Dickson.
Unfortunately, COVID restrictions prevent members from attending, but the award announcements will be live streamed so all exhibitors will be able to share the excitement of the presentations and hear the comments from the judge. The live streaming will take place from 2pm Sunday 6 December on the National Fleece Challenge Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/AAAFleeceChallenge. All exhibitors will be able to share the excitement of the presentations and hear the comments from the judge.
Brett Fallon, President of the Australian Alpaca Association said “The National Fleece Challenge is a unique fleece show that was designed specifically to showcase our industry irrespective of the constraints of COVID. The success of the event has not only highlighted the superb quality of Australian alpaca fleece, but also the resilient culture amongst our members to celebrate alpaca.”
Thank you to the event sponsors for supporting the show and confirming their commitment to the Australian alpaca industry.
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