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Victorian Eastern Region of the Australian Alpaca Association Ltd.


The Victorian Eastern Region (VER) represents over 140 registered alpaca breeders and owners located in the east of Victoria. More information at the bottom of this page. 


Victorian Eastern Region

The Victorian Eastern Region covers a geographically diverse area. Members farm alpacas across many aspects of the Australian terrain - from the vineyards of the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula, to the rich soil farming districts of Gippsland, the coastal extension from Port Phillip to Mallacoota and the grandeur of the Great Dividing Range.

Within the Victorian Eastern Region there are over 140 registered alpaca breeders, several with larger studs in excess of 100 alpacas to others with only a few. Many members also promote and sell alpaca products.


Alpaca Farms Open to Visitors

Want to get up close and personal with alpacas?

Want to buy some alpaca fleece, yarn or garments?

Why not visit one of the local Victorian Eastern Region alpaca farms. Each of the farms listed are happy for visitors, allowing you to interact and learn more about these exquisite creatures.

Click here to contact alpaca farms that are open to the public all year round.


Upcoming Events

Lardner Alpaca Show - Saturday 14th September, 2019

Valley Maker Open Day and Yarn Launch - Sunday 15th September, 2019

Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show,
Includes Youth Paraders - Sunday 29th Oct- Tuesday 1st October, 2019

Young Paraders Competition - Seymour Show 5th October, 2019

Peruvian Workshop -  Saturday 12th October, 2019

Sale Alpaca Show - Sunday 13th October, 2019

Shearing Workshop  - Sunday 27th October, 2019

Berwick Show - Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Click Here for further details on all upcoming events.


Victorian Eastern Region representation at this years National Alpaca Show
Victorian Eastern Region representation at this years National Alpaca Show

National Alpaca Show 2019

Held in Canberra this year it was a decent hike for Victorian Easterrn Region members to attend.

The show was held at the EPIC Center providing great facilities and Canberra certainly turned on the sunshine. The best of our industry was showcased from halter and fleeces classes, meat and hides, youth alpaca and junior judging, arts and crafts, yarns, garments, fashion show and other alpaca products.

Over 3000 general public attended and there was a great buzz in the halls especially on the Saturday and Sunday.

If you are interested in anything to do with alpacas then you would have had a wonderful time at this years show.  It will be on again in Canberra at a similar time next year.


Supreme Champion - Malakai Ashbourne Sinful. Champion Fleece - Auravale Paris
Supreme Champion - Malakai Ashbourne Sinful. Champion Fleece - Auravale Paris

Alexandra Alpaca Show

It was a healthy turnout of Huacayas at Alexandra Show on Saturday 3rd August, sadly not enough Suris to hold a competition.  The weather certainly kept us on our toes, very cool but thankfully no rain.

The judges Peter Kennedy-Gane and Marc Mullette were kept busy all day with some large classes of lovely alpacas. Their comments were appreciated by all who attended  A big thank-you to the convenor-Maddy Bissels and her team of helpers and to everyone who pitched in to put away the pen panels at the end of the day. We were lucky to have the expert stewards overseeing proceeding - Heather and Paul Gardner on fleeces and Robert Kennedy-Gane as ring steward.

Congratulations to Ashbourne and Malakai Alpacas for their Supreme Halter win with Malakai Ashbourne Sinful and to Auravale Alpacas for the Champion Fleece with Auravale Paris.


Halter Workshop

It was terrific to see some new faces at the VER Halter Workshop and ORM today. We hope those that attended enjoyed the informal setting and learnt some new tricks. Thanks to Joy Skinner for hosting this event and Lezley Golding and Jean and David Daddo for inspiring and organising the Halter Training session.


Yarra Ranges Landcare Network

Supported by a Yarra Ranges Council Community Grant, presents the second in a series of 4 seasonal workshops addressing management issues for small rural properties in the Yarra Ranges.

Sustainable Property Management series:-

3. Fencing: - Sunday 6th October, Dixons Creek

4. Pasture Management:- Saturday 16th November, Coldstream

See Events for more info


John Price- Alpacas on the Hill, Lynda Holdsworth - Auravale Alpacas, Julie Blake - Chakana Blue Alpacas , Maddy Bissels - Moresby Farm Alpacas
John Price- Alpacas on the Hill, Lynda Holdsworth - Auravale Alpacas, Julie Blake - Chakana Blue Alpacas , Maddy Bissels - Moresby Farm Alpacas

VER Spectacular Award Presentations

CONGRATULATIONS to the following VER members:

Keith Turner Perpetual Memorial Trophy  -  Suri Alpaca of the Year

Chakana Blue Time Machine

Lyla Fisher Perpetual Memorial Trophy - Huacaya Alpaca of the Year

A draw this year, awarded to

- Auravale Lucian

- Grand Flowerdale Ivy League (Moresby Farm)

Dianne Condon Memorial Trophy - Best New Breeder

John Price, Alpacas on the Hill


Keith and Bridgette Kat- Alternative View Alpacas and Romanie Blacker -Arachello Suris
Keith and Bridgette Kat- Alternative View Alpacas and Romanie Blacker -Arachello Suris

VER Spectacular Annual Fleece Show

Congratulations to

Bill Plunkett Memorial Trophy - Champion Huacaya Fleece awarded to

Alternative View Silk 'N' Fire

V.E.R. Perpetual Trophy - Champion Suri Fleece awarded to

Arachello Argyle Diamond

Judge:-  Marc Mullette

Stewards:- Heather and Paul Gardner

Huacaya Results

Best White   Auravale Nasir
Best Light Fawn Kellbury Park Barros
Best Brown Kelowna Dusty
Best Roan Grey Gum Bandido
Best Grey Malakai Jakoba (Almora)
Best Black Pitchingga Ridge Macarthur

Suri Results

Best White Chakana Blue Total Obsession
Best Brown Stevley Park Orlando
Best Roan Stevley Park Odin
Best Grey Boolaroo Mercury
Best Black Boolaroo Ziggy

Special thanks to the fabulous Heather and Paul Gardner as Fleece Stewards, Joy Skinner as Show Convenor, Maddy Bissels for the catalogue and our Show Judge Marc Mullette - it was a big day and a fabulous night! Finally thank-you to the alpaca breeders for supporting this show and contributing over 60 fleeces to be judged. Full results are up on eAlpaca.

 


Farm World 11-14th April
Farm World 11-14th April

 Farm World

Above are some photos from another successful year at Farm World.

VYTEC at Farm World

Click here to read all their news, including competition results.


Red Hill Young Paraders Competition

The first Victorian Alpaca Youth Paraders' Competition for 2019 was held at the Red Hill Show on Sat 9th March.

Congratlutions to all participants. Results are as follows:-

Open

Senior Champion- Leah Burnett

Intermediate Champion- Taleisha Yelland

Intermediate Reserve Champion- Tamaryn Kimber

 

Preliminary

Preliminary Senior Champion- Sayge Carpmael

Intermediate Champion- Hannah Moon

Intermediate Reserve Champion- Archer Carmael

Junior Champion- Dirk Varmeulen

 

Open Supreme- Leah Burnett

Preliminary Supreme- Hannah Moon

Trainers Award- Leah Burnett

For a full report on the day please click here


Chakana Blue Time Machine and Ashbourne The Hipster
Chakana Blue Time Machine and Ashbourne The Hipster

Red Hill Show 2019

Supreme Suri - Chakana Blue Time Machine

Supreme Huacaya -  Ashbourne The Hipster (jointly owned by Ashbourne and Malakai Alpacas.)

The Red Hill Show convenors would like to sincerely thank their sponsors and those who have donated to their Silent Auction:-

Main Ridge Veterinary Clinic
olieve&olie
Australian Alpaca Fleece Ltd
Alternative View Alpacas
Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas.


Surilana Mascusani Ma Beth and Whispering Gums Polar Express
Surilana Mascusani Ma Beth and Whispering Gums Polar Express

Berwick Show

With perfect weather and over 100 entries in the halter section and 78 fleeces the Berwick Alpaca show got off to a great start.

The show had a great atmosphere with plenty of public through the sheds over the day.

Chris Williams our fleece judge, judged the fleeces infront of the public and engaged with those interested to learn more. It was the first time we had done this and by all accounts it was very successful.  Thanks to Chris and his fabulous stewards Heather and Paul Gardner and Elissa Glasson for taking the extra time to include the public whist completing the busy task of judging 78 fleeces in the time frame provided. 

Andrew Munn our halter judge was expertly supported by Chief Steward Louise Lazarus and Ring Stewards Trevor Parry and Bill Burnett. Andrew provided informative feedback to all entrants explaining his decisions along the way.

Thank-you to both our judges for their expertise and support of the Berwick Show.

We had VER new members Colin Taylor on the iPad as Results Steward and Kylie Taylor as Ribbon Steward- both did a truly amazing job and I am very much appreciative of their help and support for the show.  Both enjoyed being part of their first show and I am sure you will see them as participants at future shows.

Thanks also to our Inspection Stewards - Rachel Burnet, Louise Lazarus, Nicole Harman, Julie Blake; our photographers Will Burnett and Indigo Anderson and Ann Parry who stepped into help wherever needed.

Thanks to all entrants of the show for their support and helping to pack up at the end of the day - as the saying goes "many hands make light work" We hope you all enjoyed the show and will come back next year.

A special thank-you must go to the Burnett family - Bill, Rachel, Leah and Will. All helped whereever they were needed during the day and they were the last to leave, working so hard to help pack everything up.  You guys are STARS your help and support is very much appreciated.

Supreme Broad Ribbons went to the following:-

Halter Classes

Surilana Macusani Ma Beth - Supreme Suri

Whispering Gums Polar Express - Supreme Huacaya

Fleece Classes

Auravale Paris - Supreme Hucaya White Fleece

Moresby Farm Alannah - Supreme Huacaya Light Fawn Fleece

Moresby Farm Harmony - Supreme Huacaya Med/Dark Fawn Fleece

Grey Gum Bandido(Moresby Farm) - Supreme Huacaya Roan Fleece

Baarrooka Orange 15 - Supreme Suri White Fleece

Baarrooka White 16 - Supreme Suri Light Fawn Fleece

Bolaroo Perseus - Supreme Brown Suri Fleece

Special thanks to our generous sponsors:_

Major Sponsor - WFI Insurance Ltd

Trophies - Design Awards
Suri Supreme Champion - Chakana Blue Suri Alpacas
Huacaya Supreme Champion - Chakana Gold Huacaya Alpacas
Veterinary Services - Avonsleigh Veterinary Clinic
Feed and Hay Supplies - Discount Animal Supplies Lysterfield
Farm Gates, Feeder & more - Norton Livestock Handling Solutions
Fleece Buyer - Scotch Group Alpaca Fiber
Fleece Processing - Fibre Naturally
Stud Services - Auravale Alpacas
Shearing Services - Mike Snow "Snowy" Shearing Services

Fleece Awards - Propharma Australia

 


The Victorian Eastern Region Alpaca Q & A booklet is available for free. Click here for more information.


Resource & News Articles

Articles are continually added to our VER web-site (click on the link or go to Resources in the Menu

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