Annual Alpaca Classic Coming To The Keystone

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By: Betty Sawatzky
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Photo Caption: Kemp Alpaca Farm north of Killarney

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The Manitoba Alpaca Club is hosting their Annual Keystone Alpaca Classic on April 21-22 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon.

Joan Kemp, of Turtle Mountain Alpacas, has been breeding and raising alpacas since 1998, and is one of four organizers for the event. I caught up with Joan and had a wonderful visit with her and her exotic herd of some 40 delightful alpacas out in the pasture at the Kemp Farm just north of Killarney, MB.

What does the Alpaca Classic look like for those in attendance?

Kemp says each year between 20 and 30 alpaca farms are represented at the Alpaca Classic here in Manitoba, drawing entries from across the Prairies and Ontario. Again this year, they’re hoping for approximately 100 alpacas in the ring.

“It’s a halter class,” explains Kemp. “You walk your animal around and the judge takes a good look at them, judging them on confirmation and their fleece, but mostly their fleece. Confirmation would be looking for straight legs, proper back body line, and that’s about 40% (of the score). The fleece is 60% (of the score) and that’s looking at the characteristics of the fleece, if it’s fine, it’s density.”

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