Sixth national title for NC alpaca

Rural Life   
By: Rural Life
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture 

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Age proved to be no barrier for a North Canterbury-bred alpaca in claiming a sixth national title.

Chris and Liz Strack, of Ohoka near Rangiora, might have retired champion white Huacaya male Stoneleigh Valentino to stud, but that did not stop him winning supreme champion huacaya fleece at the National Alpaca Expo in Christchurch earlier this month.

Mrs Strack said the fleece was from Valentino's last shearing last year when he was nearly 7 years old. Valentino will turn 8 on February 14.

Stoneleigh Drama Queen, sired by Valentino, won champion adult female Huacaya and champion white Huacaya and has been sold to a breeder in Britain.

At the other end of the age scale, the supreme champion Huacaya alpaca ribbon went to Banks Peninsula couple Frank and Anya Walkington for their junior male Shamarra Diesel, while the top Suri alpaca and fleece ribbons were won by North Island alpacas.

Kaiapoi couple Kit and Sheryl Johnson of Silverstream Stud, won nine champion ribbons across the animal and fleece sections for the Huacaya alpacas, while in the Suri section West Melton couple Sheryl and Lindsay Riddle of Sherlin Stud won 10 champion ribbons and Temuka couple Anne and Neil Godfrey of Fairhaven Alpacas took home five.

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