THE Australian Alpaca Sales Centre at Jerrawa (near Yass) NSW held its first combined alpaca auction on May 6.
The combined auction consisted of offerings from three established Southern New South Wales alpaca studs - Alpha Centauri Alpacas/Elitealpaca from Jerrawa, Lillyfield Alpacas from Yass and Accapacca Alpacas from Goulburn.
There were 66 lots of maiden and pregnant females, some with cria at foot along with certified and potential stud males including many, show winning quality stock.
The highest price paid was $11,000 for a maiden female from the Elitealpaca Stud. “Of the 66 lots offered for sale, 40 lots sold at auction with many other sales being made in the days following the auction,” Australian Alpaca Sales Centre co-principal Bronwyn Munn said.
The Australian Alpaca Sales Centre was established after identifying a need for alpaca breeders to have an outlet to sell their alpacas via auction.
The Australian Alpaca Sales Centre has also established an online auction facility so that breeders can list their animals for sale online without the need to wait for the next ‘on farm’ auction.
The Australian Alpaca Sales Centre is also at the forefront of the Premium Alpaca initiative for NSW. “We will be providing the facilities for the conduct of Premium Alpaca Fleece Workshops, Shearing Protocol Training, Fleece Collection Days and the administrative oversight for the promotion and sale of pressed bales of Premium Alpaca Fleece” Mrs Munn said.
To learn more about future auctions, training programs and other initiatives visit the Australian Alpaca Sales Centre website at www.austalpacasalescen tre.com.au or call Bronwyn Munn on 0408 410 280.