National success for alpaca stud
Albany-based Futura Alpaca Stud owners Greg and Judy Smith are "still on a high" after their success at the Australian Alpaca Association's National Show earlier this month.
The Smiths entered eight animals into the annual show in Bendigo and won multiple awards, including first, second and third place in the junior white male category with three alpacas sired by the same father.
"The national show is very competitive and 672 animals entered this year," Mrs Smith said.
"Our junior brown female won first place … she also won best female brown alpaca of the show and she is only eight months old."
The Smiths also entered three junior males into the white class and placed first, second and third, with the winner also claiming reserve junior champion.
"It was like triple wow … just unbelievable," Mrs Smith said.
The same three animals won the sire's progeny award for three alpacas sired by the same father.
In addition, their senior female entrant won first in her class, champion senior female of the show, best white female of the show and went on to fetch $35,000 at auction.
"This is the first time we have won a championship at the National Show," Mrs Smith said.
"We are quite small breeders and to have that degree of success was amazing … we are thrilled.
"Other than winning the supreme award we could not have done any better … we are still on a high."
The Smiths' alpacas also placed second in the light fawn junior male and light fawn adult female classes, and fourth in the adult white male class.
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