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Media Release: International judge to preside over 2015 Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has secured internationally recognised and highly respected judge Sara Jane Maclennan to preside over the 2015 Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show, held on the weekend of July 11-12 at Melbourne Showgrounds, with entries open today.

Certified by the world’s largest alpaca association, the Alpaca Owners Association (AOA), since 2005, Mrs Maclennan has judged both halter and fleece shows across the USA and Canada, and is a Trainer for the Judge Apprenticeship program.

“Being able to secure an international judge of the calibre of Sara Maclennan for the Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show provides a fantastic opportunity for exhibitors to receive valuable feedback on the quality of their animals, on a global scale,” said RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan.

Mrs Maclennan, who first encountered alpaca herds while living and working in South America in 1971 and began farming with her husband in 1976, brings a wealth of knowledge to the event, which showcases a relatively new industry in Australia.

The Australian Alpaca Association celebrates 25 years of the alpaca industry in Australia this year, with the innovation of local breeders increasing demand worldwide for local alpaca product.

“This is a truly opportune time for alpaca breeders, as there is increased interest both locally and globally in Alpaca fleece, due to the quality and benefits of the product, with the Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show offering credible benchmarking and for award winners, a great marketing tool,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

The Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show opens for entries today, Wednesday 15 April, and closes on Friday 29 May, with all details and online entry available by visiting the RASV website.

The Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds on Saturday 11 July and Sunday 12 July and will open to the public on both days.

For all details of the Royal Melbourne Alpaca Show visit www.rasv.com.au/alpacas.

For all media enquiries and images, please contact:
Mikaila Gaskell, Communications Manager, RASV
03 9281 7436 / 0428 798 486 / mikaila.gaskell@rasv.com.au