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TAS Country : March 15th 2012
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 16, 2012 News EXPERT: Josiane Eve with one of her alpacas. Market day to focus on alpacas TWENTY years ago you would have to go to exotic South America to see one, but now you might have one next door and you'll see more at the fourth annual Alpaca Market Day at Ranelagh on March 25. Since the launch of the alpaca industry in Aust- ralia in 1988, the national stud herd has grown to more than 125,000 regis- tered animals, the largest registered herd in the world. Australian Alpaca As- sociation Tasmanian region president Josiane Eve said it will be the fourth annual Alpaca Mar- ket Day at the Ranelagh Showground. ''With a variety of studs from around the state attending and many stud alpacas for sale you will be able to see a range of alpacas and discuss alpaca farming with experienced stud operators,'' Mrs Eve said. With the price of alpacas stabilising since the 1990s they present a solid invest- ment for people with a small acreage who want high-value livestock. ''A sound female can be purchased for less than $2000 which can easily form the basis of your own stud. ''With the right matings, within a couple of gener- ations you can have show- winning alpacas.'' The Huon is a strong alpaca area with about half of the state's registered breeders living in the Channel district. Mrs Eve said the Huon Show, the largest Alpaca show in Southern Tas- mania, is now well estab- lished, and attracts almost 100 entries each year. The market day will have a strong information focus with skirting demon- strations and examples of simple alpaca husbandry like haltering and toe nail clipping during the day. Talks on selecting an alpaca right for you will be held at 11am and 1pm. ''For those who love to wear alpaca you'll not be disappointed with some of the state's leading retailers showing off their goods, from easy-to-wear craft items to beautiful hand- crafted and machine knit- ted fashion garments,'' she said. ''Those who love their craft will also find working displays including, spin- ning, wet and needle felt- ing and weaving. Mrs Eve said fleece in all colours will also be for sale. ''From mysterious jet black, luxurious chocolate brown, and the purest of white fleeces.'' The Alpaca Market Day at is from 10am to 3pm. Information contact Mrs Eve 0417 771 477. MARK JESSOP Ellen - Warranine Park GC_WFI1117 "If WFI was good enough for my dad, it's good enough for me." Ellen is one of the next generations taking over the family farm. Since she was knee-high to a grasshopper, her dad has been teaching her everything she needs to know about life on the land. And that includes insuring the farm with WFI, part of Wesfarmers Insurance, because we have more than 90 years of experience in farm insurance. And with over 160 local Area Managers across Australia, we're renowned for our friendly, personal service. To fi nd out for yourself why we're good people to know, call 1300 934 934 or visit wfi.com.au WFI is a trading name of Wesfarmers General Insurance Limited ABN 24 000 036 279 AFSL 241461. Contact WFI for a PDS to help decide if our products are right for you.
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