South Australian Alpacas take Grand Champion titles at Sydney Royal Easter Show

By / 23rd of April, 2014

SOUTH Australian bred alpacas won both the female and male grand champion categories at the Sydney Royal Easter Show this week.

‘Softfoot Basinata’, an intermediate white female exhibited by Softfoot Alpaca Stud, took the Grand Champion Female category.

Softfoot Alpaca Stud, based in Hindmarsh Valley south of Adelaide, also won best exhibitor in Alpaca World at the show.

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.

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.

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.