South Australian alpaca studs have taken out both the female and male grand champion categories at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.
Softfoot Basinata, an intermediate white female, took the Grand Champion Female category. The Grand Champion Male category was taken by ‘Ambersun Fortune Seeker’, a white stud male bred by Chris and Adrienne Williams from Ambersun Alpacas, located in Mount Compass.
Softfoot Alpaca Stud, based in Hindmarsh Valley south of Adelaide, also won best exhibitor in the show's Alpaca World.
Sandra and Gary Retallick and Stud Manager Ben Schmaal from Softfoot run around 1,000 of the country’s top white and coloured huacaya alpacas, with strong ties to Germany with breeding and fleece sales.
Breeders from around the country will be touring the Softfoot Alpaca Stud on Monday the 12th of May as part of the Alpaca Excellence Conference being held in South Australia.
Ambersun Fortune Seeker has been winning Champion and Supreme ribbons since 2010. His advanced genetics run through many premium alpaca studs, with the progeny of Fortune Seeker being sold across the UK, Europe and New Zealand.
Australia has one of the largest breeding herds in the world with more than 150,000 animals. The Adelaide Hills has some 2,500 alpacas, and many of South Australia’s breeders are world leaders in alpaca genetics and advanced breeding programs.