Golden Fleece event showcases mohair and alpaca fleeces

The Country     
By: Brenda Schory
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture
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This is the first year mohair and alpaca fleeces had been entered in the national Royal Agricultural Society's Golden Fleece competition, and convener Martin Paterson, of Wanaka, said he expected that number to grow for future competitions.

He said there were 10 mohair and 32 alpaca fleeces and they attracted a lot of interest from those attending the event in Wanaka earlier this month.

Ranfurly farmers Dawn and David Sangster won the Supreme Mohair champion title as well as the champion three-shear buck and three-shear doe titles.

There were also 133 sheep fleece entries from throughout the country.

 Judge David Allan said found the numbers slightly back on last year but the quality was extremely good.

The Upper Clutha A&P Society in Wanaka on behalf of the Royal Agricultural Society for the second year and final year in a row, but no decision had been made about where next year's competition would be located.

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