Agri Expo 2015

NEWSLETTER OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ALPACA BREEDERS SOCIETY
by Alison Notley, Chairperson:

S.A.A.B.S. STAND TAKES BEST INSHOW!
15 to 17 October last week saw four alpaca breeders exhibiting at the Livestock Agri-Expo atSandringham Farm, Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Lorna Ramsden from Willowbr
ook Alpacas broughtalong three boys to the show – Baron, Leonardo and Casper who were greatly admired as they paraded atvarious times of the day, both in the main arena as well as the outside one. For the most part, along withother patient members of the livestock fraternity, they stood in their pen and received much adulation frompassers-by, photographers, farmers, visitors, schoolchildren you Livestock-194name it, they were there.

Left to right the winning team Lorna Ramsden of Willowbrook Alpacas, Debbie Braunlich of StonehillOriginals, Alison Notley of Helderstroom Alpacas and Verena Hinsch of Mukuti Stud present their winningTrophies alongside (from back to front) Baron, Casper and Leonardo – part of the winning team Janina Bodington (below) of ChiChi AlpacasWelcome

The mission statement of the Sandringham Livestock Agri-Expo is:-
TO PRESENT AN EVENT OF EXTRAORDINARY QUALITY, SHOWMANSHIP AND ATTENTIONTO DETAIL, AS AGRI-EXPO LIVESTOCK AT SANDRINGHAM IS REGARDED AS THE GOLDSTANDARD OF THE LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY.
What better platform for us to showcase our fledgling industry?
Under the SAABS banner our stand drew the crowds.From the three animals and bags of their shorn fibrevisitors could watch as Verena Hinsch demonstratedhand spinning and, from there the yarn, the knitted,woven and felted products were exhibited as part of aneye-catching display to showcase the value chains.
Members of the public were fascinated by the natural-ness of alpaca.Alongside Willowbrook Alpacas, Mukuti Stud, Stonehill Originals,Helderstroom Alpacas, ChiChi Alpacas and Sally Weighill all offered for sale hand-worked products from our collections. Whilst we have seen bettersales we were all in agreement that never have we had such goodexposure for the alpaca.
Theres a word to describe utter disbelief, sheer amazement … but Icannot think of it right now.IMG_7816

ImagTrophyine our delight when one of thepanel of three judges tipped us the wink that we were the winningstand! In the main pavilion alone there were 80 stands. Outsidethere were probably double that number.

The silver floating trophy is retained by the Show. The glass oneon the leftght is the one SAABS gets to keep!Livestock-51

 


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