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Introducing national alpaca week in SA
NATIONAL Alpaca Week is fast approaching
with alpaca farms all over Australia set to
open their gates to the public on May 1.
The event, running May 1-9 provides a
valuable opportunity for anyone considering
entering the alpaca industry, those who
already own alpacas or people who just have
an interest, to gain experience and
information from top alpaca studs nation-
Alpaca Week in South Australia will begin
with a Meet the Alpacas day at Oakbank
school on Saturday, May 1. People will be
able to talk to alpaca breeders, handle the
animals, learn about farming enterprises and
view alpaca fibre products.
Various studs will exhibit their huyacaya and
suri animals, and there will also be extensive
displays of fleeces, crafts, clothing and
bedding available for sale.
Hermitage Alpacas, owned by John and
Kathy Holzberger, Lower Hermitage, has a
number of pregnant females mated to top
Peruvian sires. Jo O'Connor's Lyneden
Alpacas, Eden Valley, will offer daughters of
Coonawarra Gladiator for sale, and John and
Jan Bentley, Mundawora Alpacas, Ynudi,
have on offer a range of animals from pet
quality to champions and grand champions.
A feature of Sharon Warland's Waradene
Alpacas, Murray Bridge, display will be an
exhibition of craft, fleece and spinning, plus
more than 200 huacaya and suri stock
available for inspection.
Alpacas present a commercially viable option
for farmers and landholders looking to
diversify their agricultural portfolio, and are
well suited for smaller landholders and hobby
farmers. Alpaca herds are easily managed
and economical to run and their fleeces
command high returns.
They are interesting, easy care animals,
which sustain lucrative niche markets in
Australia and internationally for their
luxurious yet resilient fibre. Supply in
Australia often falls short of strong global
demand for alpaca products.
The Australian alpaca industry is renowned
for top quality animals and superior fleece
production with the facilities in Australia to
value-add to Australian grown fibre.
Alpaca week will draw a focus to the industry,
which is characterised by strong prices for
quality animals and generous returns from
the proven fibre market .
Need to know more:
For more information about participating South
Australian alpaca studs and alpaca week
events see the Australian Alpaca Association
Site (South Australian region)
BY LOUISE MCBRIDE
AUSTRALIA'S National Livestock
Identification System promoting
identification and traceability in all
livestock is being introduced to the
Alpaca and Llama industry this year.
National trials testing eartag options
got under way this month, with three
South Australian alpaca studs taking part.
"An outbreak of foot-and-mouth
Disease is the biggest threat to our
industry and would also have major
ramifications for other livestock sectors
and future market success," National
Consultative Committee chairman, Neil
Daniell said. Neil runs Barachel Alpaca
Stud on the Yorke Peninsula.
"As our industry continues to grow, it is
essential that we have in place systems
that track stock movements should such
a disease outbreak occur," he said.
NLIS Alpaca and Llama National
Consultative Committee is developing
the national system with the full support
of the Australian Alpaca Association, the
Australasian Alpaca Breeders Association
and the Llama Association of Australasia.
"Current estimates indicate that the
national flock size is more than 150,000
so we see this as the perfect opportunity
to put in place an effective tracking
system for our industry," Mr Daniell said.
"No matter what system we introduce,
there will be some initial costs to get it
up and running, but in the long term it is
cheap insurance compared to dealing
with a disease outbreak in our industry."
A number of animal identification
options were considered, including
eartags, brands, tattoos, subcutaneous
microchips and rumen boluses, with ear
tags identified as the preferred option.
National trials began this month,
testing small button electronic tags from
three different manufacturers.
Tags are funded by the Australian
Alpaca Association and are being put in
by volunteers.They will be inspected in
three months, then at the end of the trial
in three years.
Andrew Chapman, of Wamowie
Alpacas, is the South Australian
representative of the NLIS (alpaca and
llama) NCC and one of the three South
Australian Alpaca farmers taking part in
the State's trials.
"National committee worked through
the pros and cons of different tags, of
having circle tags, triangle tags, sheep
and cattle tags -- and they have settled on
these three" he said.
Andrew said trials aimed to be
representative of farms across state
borders as well as regional areas,
including drier and wetter agricultural
Andrew and his wife Kathy run a
broadacre farm at Salter Springs, near
Balaklava, and have been running alpacas
to complement their sheep and cropping
enterprise since 1992.
"Alpacas seem to fit into that sheep
and wheat situation very well,"Andrew
Rick and Sandra Evans of Jotars Alpaca
Stud, Forreston, and Matthew and Cathy
Lloyd, EP Cambridge Alpacas, Oakbank,
are the other two trial participants.
Alpacas require brass national
identification tags for showing and, for
internal property identification, plastic
tags are generally used.
The trial tags are all microchipped and
require a electronic reader to register
"The livestock industry in general is
going toward electronic tags as the
perfered method of identification,"
"The Alpaca industry is being pro-
active getting these trials going, taking its
first tentative steps toward national
NLIS ensures security
TAGGED: An electronic eartag is applied to
one of the 750 EP Cambridge alpacas tagged
as one of the three South Australian NLIS
trials at Oakbank.
Sunday 2nd May
Friday 7th May
Saturday 8th May
Lower Hermitage Road,
PH: (08) 8380 5454
• Ex cellent bloodlines
• Dis counted prices
• Ex cellent bloodlines
• Dis counted prices
Open on the 1st & 2nd also
otherwise by appointment
Alpaca produce locally made & imported,
also limited edition prints.
Stud male & females for sale.
Discounted packages also available.
Come and meet this years offspring
& walk amongst the alpacas.
Follow the signs 500m south of Minlaton
P.O. Box 166 Minlaton
South Australia 5575
Phone (08) 8853 2354
Mobile 0418 818 655
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