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TAS Country : March 10th 2011
14 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 11, 2011 Opinion Tassie provides alpaca punch TASMANIAN alpaca breeders attended the Joli- mont Alpaca Stud dispersal sale in Victoria last week, bringing back significant blood lines for the state. The auction presented 242 lots, with stud males selling for more than $40,000. Top price for a female was $31,000 for a black female with a cria at foot. Four Tasmanian breeders successfully bid on 20 lots. Tasmanian Alpaca As- sociation president Mark Jessup, of Mossvale Al- pacas, paid $16,500 with fellow Tasmanian breeder Dave Eve, of Eden Bay Alpacas, for a black Peruvian male. This ani- mal will be made available to Tasmanian herds to im- prove the quality of ani- mals and add fleece weight. ''He is an important pur- chase because of his den- sity and fleece style,'' Mr Jessup said. Most stud-quality fe- males sold in the $2000 to $8000 range and the chea- pest stud males sold for $6000. Most went for be- tween $15,000 and $30,000. There was a 100 per cent clearance, with bidders from all states. Animals were also bought for the UK, New Zealand and Germany. Mr Jessup said Jolimont was the largest importer into Australia and began importing 22 years ago. ''They were a pioneer in the Australian alpaca in- dustry,'' he said. The Australian Alpaca Association is holding its third annual Alpaca Mar- ket Day at the Ranelagh Showground from 10am- 3pm on March 20. Organisers hope to have 30 to 40 animals on display. Alpaca yarn, fleeces, gar- ments and craft items will also be on sale. For more information phone Mark on 0412 430 982. Insure your farm and you could win 1of4$500Visa gift cards.* gift OFFER ENDS 31/03/2011 *Visit www.wfi.com.au for full terms and conditions. WFI is a trading name of Wesfarmers General Insurance Limited ABN 24 000 036 279 AFSL 241461, the issuer of our policies. Contact WFI for a PDS to help decide if our policies are right for you. On the land, it's not just what you know. GC_WFI804 At WFI, we believe the best way to work with our clients is face to face. That's why we have a network of over 150 experienced Area Managers across the country. Find out why WFI is one of Australia's leading rural insurance companies by contacting your local WFI Area Manager. Call 1300 934 934 or visit www.wfi.com.au
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