ON THE FARM: Judy Durkin mingles with her alpacas at home on her Moonshine Stud at Ocean View on the Sunshine Coast.
ON THE FARM: Judy Durkin mingles with her alpacas at home on her Moonshine Stud at Ocean View on the Sunshine Coast. Contributed

A woman on a mission

JUDY Durkin is a woman on a mission.

As convenor of the Queensland Alpaca Association Colourbration, she hopes to spread the word about her favourite breed of livestock which are already sought after by stud breeders, hobby farmers, lifestyle seekers and shrewd investors.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Farm Fantastic Expo at Caboolture from July 22-24 and is expected to attract more than 120 entries.

The aim of holding an alpaca competition at Farm Fantastic is to give smaller farmers and larger landholders of other livestock breeds, information and an opportunity to learn why they could consider alpacas as a farming option or simply a rewarding hobby.

"All our work is about raising the profile of animals in the area, because the more people that see the alpacas the more they become part of the psyche and the landscape," Mrs Durkin said.

Whether you want alpacas as pets, lawnmowers, herd guards or breeding stock, she said someone at the alpaca stand at the expo would be able to answer your queries.

"Alpaca owners love to talk about their animals and have a wealth of information to share including offering the opportunity to inspect hundreds of alpacas on-farm, giving you an insight into their feeding and fencing requirements.

"Alpacas produce luxurious fleece but did you know how much fun there is in breeding them?"

On Friday, junior paraders and junior judges will compete from 9am in the show ring.

On the Saturday and Sunday from 10am there will be a halter judging competition based on colour as opposed to the usual age-based competition.

There is only one opportunity in the association's annual show calendar when this type of colour competition can be held and this year, Farm Fantastic visitors can enjoy the spectacle.


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