Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
We want to wish all our family & friends a very Merry Christmas and a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year! May you have green grass, plentiful water and lots of healthy happy alpacas & beautiful cria in the paddocks - see you all in 2015!
It has been a very busy year for the Alpha Centauri team. Over the past few months we have completed our shearing of over 200 alpacas with Andrew shearing many more for smaller herds around the area.
Andrew had the privilege to be the AAA Judge for Royal Launceston Alpaca Show in October & Whittlesea Alpaca Show in November. Bronwyn also had the opportunity and privilege to be the Apprentice Judge with AAA Judge Angela Preuss for Wangaratta Alpaca Show in October. Seeing the progression of alpacas and their fleece in and out of the show ring is so exciting and we are very glad to be part of this wonderful industry.
Our cria birthing season is in full swing and we are really looking forward to seeing how the cria develop over the coming months. Happy days!
AAA National Show and Sale - 18-21 September 2014
WOW - what a great show for the Alpha Centauri Alpacas team! The AAA Judges for the halter show were Jenny Jackson and Natasha Clark and for the fleece show were Lyn Dickson and Apprentice Judge Dean Ford. There were over 600 alpacas entered and it was exciting to have a look at the quality of animals on show. We entered 16 huacayas and 11 received placings so we are extremely happy with that result. Our elite stud sire Elysion Jupiter was awarded 1st and 3rd in the Sires Progeny, a fantastic result for this exceptional male. Our full halter and fleece results can be found on our Show Results page.
We would like to congratulate Ian and Annette Frith of Millpaca Alpaca Stud on their purchase of our beautiful Alpha Centauri Viktoriya at the AAA National Classic Auction. We know she will be well cared for and loved just as much as we love her. We would also sincerely like to thank Ian and Annette for allowing us to show Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge and Alpha Centauri Shawna on their behalf who were both purchased at our Auction on the 24th August. Razor's Edge was awarded Champion Intermediate Male and Shawna a 2nd place in her highly competitive Light Fawn class, a fantastic result for both these exceptional breeding animals whom will have a great future ahead of them at Millpaca.
We would also like to congratulate Dries Luijten of the Quality Line Alpaca stud and Wouter Coenradie of the Alpaca Garden stud, from the Netherlands on their purchase of Alpha Centauri Kommissar. Kommissar exceeded all our expectations in the show ring and was awarded Champion Senior Male. This wonderful elite stud sire will be heading off to his new home in the Netherlands soon where we are sure he will make an impact.
We would also like to thank Erin and Scott Marsden of Hyghclere Alpacas for allowing us to take Alpha Centauri Roksharni to the National on their behalf after they purchased her at our recent Auction. Roksharni was awarded 5th place in the very large Junior Black Female class of 13 animals.
We would also like to congratulate Lynda and Nic Holdsworth of Auravale Alpacas on their purchase of the beautiful Alpha Centauri Raquelle. Raquelle was awarded a 2nd place in her class (101b). Also congratulations to Kerry and Jolyon Porter of Yacka Ridge Alpacas for their purchase of the lovely Alpha Centauri Jamika. Both Raquelle and Jamika are settling into their new homes and we look forward to seeing their progress in the future.
Topping of a great weekend Andrew was thrilled to be presented his AAA Judges badge at the show and will be commencing his judging duties soon!
Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge (Champion Intermediate Male) - owned by Millpaca
Alpha Centauri Kommissar (Champion Senior Male) - purchased by Dries Luijten of the Quality Line Alpaca stud and Wouter Coenradie of the Alpaca Garden stud, The Netherlands
Elysion Jupiter sire of winning progeny group (Alpha Centauri Khobi, Alpha Centauri Kolorado & Alpha Centauri Raquelle) & Alpha Centauri Roksharni (owned by Hyghclere Alpacas)
Alpha Centauri Viktoriya (purchased by Millpaca at the AAA National Classic Auction) & Alpha Centauri Shawna (owned by Millpaca)
Andrew's AAA Judging badge
The Charles Ledger Alpaca & Fleece Show 2014 - 5th, 6th & 7th September 2014
Andrew had the honour and priviledge to Apprentice Judge The Charles Ledger with AAA Judge Rick Hodgson. There were about 320 alpacas and 63 fleeces entered into this fantastic show.
AAA Judge Rick Hodgson and Apprentice Judge Andrew
AAA National Show Classic Auction - September 2014 - Alpha Centauri Viktoriya Lot 6
We are proud to announce that Alpha Centauri Viktoriya has been selected for the AAA National Show Classic Auction to be held in September. Viktoriya is Lot 6 and is currently pregnant to Alpha Centauri Comanchee.
Photos of Alpha Centauri Viktoriya, Alpha Centauri Viktoriya Fleece, Alpha Centauri Comanchee Fleece and Alpha Centauri Comanchee.
Alpha Centauri Alpacas & Lillyfield Alpacas Combined Production Auction - 24th August 2014
Come and see us at our Auction at 12 noon on Sunday 24th August 2014! Inspections welcome from 9 am. The Auction will be held at Alpha Centauri Alpacas at Jerrawa (via Yass NSW) and conducted by Landmark. There are a number of exceptional show quality males and females available for sale. Catalogue can be downloaded from our Home page.
Alpha Centauri Raquelle, Alpha Centauri Raquelle Fleece, Alpha Centauri Miss Chevious, Alpha Centauri Callahan & Alpha Centauri Pemberton (all available for sale at our Auction on the 24th August)
2 Aug 2014 - The Central Western NSW Region Annual Spring Alpaca Show at Mudgee
The AAA Judges for the show were Natasha Clark and Chris Williams. There were 200 alpacas entered in the show with a split of 151 Huacaya and 49 Suri. We were very fortunate to be awarded 5 Championships, 5 Reserve Championships and 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the Sires Progeny - Champion Junior Female (Alpha Centauri Raquelle), Reserve Champion Junior Female (Alpha Centauri Jorgia), Champion Junior Male (Alpha Centauri Kolorado), Reserve Champion Junior Male (Alpha Centauri Comanchero), Reserve Champion Intermediate Female (Alpha Centauri Viktoriya), Champion Intermediate Male (Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge), Reserve Champion Adult Male (Alpha Centauri Callahan), Champion Senior Female (Elitealpaca Jalana), Champion Senior Male (Alpha Centauri Kommissar) and Reserve Champion Mature Male (Bedrock Sentinel). Elysion Jupiter was awarded 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the Sires Progeny (out of 7 groups) represented with the pairings of Jorgia & Raquelle, Razor & Shawna and Jalana & Kommisar. A very pleasing and fantastic result for the Alpha Centauri team. Full results can be found on our Show Results page.
Alpha Centauri Kolorado, Alpha Centauri Raquelle, Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge, Elitealpaca Jalana & Alpha Centauri Kommissar - all sired by Elysion Jupiter
Fleece photos taken in July 2014 of Alpha Centauri Kolorado, Alpha Centauri Comanchero and Alpha Centauri Raquelle
Murwillumbah Alpaca Show 28th June 2014 and SA Colour Classic 19th & 20th July 2014
Andrew had the opportunity and privilege of being the AAA Apprentice Judge for the Murwillumbah Alpaca Show with AAA Judge Lyn Dickson and SA Colour Classic with AAA Judge Kylie Martin.
Kylie & Andrew at SA Colour Classic 2014
4 May 2014 - 146th Royal Bathurst Show
Wow - what a day! It was extremely chilly at Bathurst Royal Show but the rain stayed away and there was even a little bit of sunshine...I did say a little!. There were about 130 alpaca entries and the AAA Judge was Julie Bird. We were very fortunate to have been awarded Supreme Champion Huacaya with Alpha Centauri Kommissar. It made it even more special with Bron's Mum, brother David, sister in law Karen & nephew Joshua whom all braved the cold to visit for the day. The Alpha Centauri team placed well with Champion Junior Female (Alpha Centauri Shamara), Champion Junior Male (Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge), Champion Senior Female (Elitealpaca Jalana), Champion Senior Male (Alpha Centauri Kommissar), Champion Mature Female (Alpha Centauri Delainey), Champion Mature Male (Bedrock Sentinel), Res Champion Intermediate Female (Alpha Centauri Shawna), Res Champion Adult Male (Alpha Centauri Ketchikan) and 1st & 2nd in the Sires Progeny (Elysion Jupiter) with pairings of Razor's Edge & Shawna and Del Toro & Duellist. Elitealpaca Jesmyn was awarded Champion Adult Female - Congratulations to Jennie & Roy Menzies of Tirrikee Alpacas, the proud new owners of Jesmyn. Full results can be found on our Show Results page. We also met some lovely people - a great way to top off a fantastic day. Thank you for a wonderful show!
Our main stud male Elysion Jupiter, who has won 11 Supreme Champion titles himself, now has 4 progeny that have won the Supreme Champion title - Elysion Apollo (Hawkesbury Show 2012), Elitealpaca Carliah (Gunning Show 2012), Elitealpaca Jalana (Mid North Coast Alpaca Show 2013) & Alpha Centauri Kommissar (Bathurst Royal Show 2014). We are so lucky to own this fantastic stud male and are so proud of the progeny he is producing.
Photos of Andrew, Judge Julie Bird, Bronwyn with Supreme Champion Alpha Centauri Kommissar, Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge, Elitealpaca Jalana and Elitealpaca Jesmyn (owned by Tirrikee Alpacas)
29 Apr 2014 - Fleece Judging for Bathurst Royal Show
Andrew was the Fleece Judge for the 2014 Bathurst Royal Show. There were almost 60 fleeces with a mixture of Suri and Huacaya. It was very pleasing to see a high standard of fleeces that were very well presented. A great team of helpers on the day made the task very enjoyable.
Many thanks to the wonderful stewarding team - Helen, Jennie, Jenelle, Neil & Bronwyn.
Photos of Andrew with the Champion Suri and Huacaya Fleeces & the stewarding team on judging day Western Advocate news story 1 May 2014(click here)
23 Apr 2014 - Sydney Royal Easter Show
Congratulations to Paul Haslin and his team who have achieved another successful Sydney Royal Alpaca Show! The Judges for the show were Natasha Clark and Steve Ridout for Halter & Kylie Martin for Fleece. It was a very busy show for us with Andrew being a Fleece Steward and he also organised the 'Pen Sales' section of the show. Bronwyn had a go at announcing class sections and had some Stewarding duties.
The Alpha Centauri team had a very successful show this year. We took 12 Huacaya (10 progeny sired by Elysion Jupiter and 2 sired by Alpha Centauri Vyper) and all but 2 came home with a ribbon. Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge was awarded Champion Junior Male, Elitealpaca Jalana awarded Reserve Champion Senior Female & Alpha Centauri Kommissar awarded Reserve Champion Senior Male. Our stud male Elysion Jupiter was awarded 1st in the Sires Progeny - represented by Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge, Alpha Centauri Duellist & Alpha Centauri Del Toro. Alpha Centauri Shawna was awarded a 1st in her class of Intermediate Light Fawn Females. We were also fortunate to be awarded 'Most Successful Huacaya Fleece Exhibitor' for the 4th year in a row. Alpha Centauri Addixon was awarded Champion 30-48 Months Fleece and both Alpha Centauri Kommissar & Alpha Centauri Delainey were awarded Reserve Championships in their respective Fleece Classes. Full results can be found on our Show Results page.
Our beautiful female Elitealpaca Jesmyn was sold at the completion of the show. Congratulations to her new owner. We are delighted that she is going to a good home and will be very well cared for. We are looking forward to seeing Jesmyn's cria later in the year. Alpha Centauri Shawna is still available for sale and will be mated soon to Alpha Centauri Addixion. We are also offering Alpha Centauri Kommissar for sale. This wonderful working Certified Male is doing great work in our breeding program and we are very happy with the results we are seeing in his progeny, please contact us for further details.
Photos of Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge, Elitealpaca Jalana, Alpha Centauri Kommissar & Sires Progeny (Alpha Centauri Duellist, Del Toro & Razor's Edge)
5 Apr 2014 - Camden Show
Bronwyn had the opportunity recently to be a AAA Pre-Apprentice Judge with AAA Judge Karen Caldwell at the Camden Show. It was a terrific learning experience and really appreciate Karen's mentorship throughout the day and a big thank you to the Convenor - Debra Trostian for making us feel so welcome! Andrew also helped out on the day and had the role of Chief Steward/Marshalling Steward.
Photo of Bronwyn, Karen and Debra courtesy of Tony Heyward http://www.tonyheywardimages.com.au
28 Mar 2014 - Pen Sales at the 2014 Sydney Royal Alpaca Show
As a trial for this years 2014 Sydney Royal Alpaca Show there will be alpacas available 'For Sale'. We have decided to offer 'For Sale' two females from our current show team - Elitealpaca Jesmyn and Alpha Centauri Shawna. These quality females are both sired by our 11 time Supreme Champion stud male - Elysion Jupiter. Their Dams are two of our best breeding females. So if you are going to Sydney Royal Show this year - stop by, say G'day and have a look at these beautiful girls! Click for full details on Elitealpaca Jesmyn and for Alpha Centauri Shawna.
22 Mar 2014 - Goulburn Show
We are delighted with our results from the Goulburn Show. There was a field of 170 huacaya/suri entered on the day and the Judge was Julie Bird. Our Elysion Jupiter progeny did very well and were awarded Champion Junior Male (Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge), Champion Senior Female (Elitealpaca Jalana), Champion Senior Male (Alpha Centauri Kommissar) and Reserve Champion Intermediate Female (Elitealpaca Jesmyn). To top it off Elysion Jupiter was awarded 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the Sires Progeny and was represented by the pairings of - Alpha Centauri Duellist & Alpha Centauri Del Toro, Alpha Centauri Shawna & Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge and Elitealpaca Jalana & Alpha Centauri Kommissar. Full results can be found on our Show Results page.
Photos of Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge and Alpha Centauri Viktoriya
17 Mar 2014
We are very excited that we have our first cria from our stud male Alpha Centauri Kommissar and second cria from our stud male Alpha Centauri Comanchee. We think both these cria show a lot of potential and we can't wait to see how they grow out over the coming months.
16 Mar 2014 - Moss Vale Show
We had a fantastic day at Moss Vale Show on Sunday the 16th. It is a great country show and the alpaca section was very well organised and ran smoothly throughout the day. There were about 150 alpacas entered in the show and the Judge was Angela Preuss and Pre-Apprentice Judge Amber O'Neill. We were very fortunate to be awarded 3 Championships (Champion Junior Female - Alpha Centauri Viktoriya, Champion Junior Male - Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge & Champion Senior Female - Elitealpaca Jalana), 1 Reserve Championship (Reserve Champion Intermediate Female - Alpha Centauri Shawna), 1st in the Sires Progeny (Elysion Jupiter represented by Alpha Centauri Del Toro & Alpha Centauri Duellist) & Best Female in Show with Elitealpaca Jalana. Full results can be found on our Show Results page.
6 Mar 2014
2014 is going to be an exciting year! We have been to Royal Canberra & Boorowa Shows and we were very happy with the results. Elitealpaca Jalana was awarded Champion Senior Female at both shows while at Boorowa Show Elitealpaca Jesmyn was awarded Champion Intermediate Female, Alpha Centauri Shawna awarded Reserve Champion Junior Female, Alpha Centauri Pemberton awarded Reserve Champion Intermediate Male and Elysion Jupiter awarded 1st in the Sires Progeny with Alpha Centauri Shawna & Alpha Centauri Razor's Edge. We are continually striving to refine our breeding program and are very happy with the progeny that are coming through as a result.
For Sydney Royal Easter Show this year we are intending to put up for sale a select number of quality stock from our current show team - WATCH THIS NEWS PAGE FOR FUTURE DETAILS!
Andrew is continuing his AAA Apprentice Judging commitments with more shows identified this year. Bronwyn recently had the opportunity at Gunning Show in a AAA Pre-Apprentice Judging role with AAA Judge Wendy Billington to gain more experience which was fantastic! Andrew also helped out and was assigned Marshalling Steward & announcing duties for the show.
Photos of Elitealpaca Jalana (Champion Senior Female at Royal Canberra & Boorowa Shows) & Alpha Centauri Lawrajaye (Sire - Alpha Centauri Outlaw & Dam - Elitealpaca Dannijaye)