Warrenbayne is now home to some of the most decorated prize alpacas in Australia.
Bronwyn and Andrew Munn, who have only recently moved to the area, were awarded best in show for their huacaya alpaca, at the Royal Sydney Easter Show recently.
This is the second year in a row they have taken out this award and Bronwyn said they were surprised and excited to take the prize home again.
‘‘We didn’t expect to win. We haven’t had great preparation for this show. We didn’t get a great deal of rain here, so our paddocks are quite dry and dusty,’’ she said.
‘‘So we weren’t expect anything, but we’re very happy to be awarded best in show.’’
Bronwyn and Andrew have been breeding alpacas sine 2003 and have been showing their prize animals for more than eight years.
‘‘Shows like this are a great way to benchmark your stock against other breeders and we always enjoy the show and its great to meet up with people we don’t get to see very often,’’ Bronwyn said.
‘‘Winning this for the second time was as special as the first. We were also awarded in the ‘Sires Progeny’ class for our main stud male, and on top of that we won ‘Best Brown’ for one of our other males.’’
As well as these victories the Munns brought an array of awards back to Warrenbayne with them:
●Best in Show — Huacaya Alpaca (for Alpha Centauri Dominika);
●Grand Champion — Huacaya Alpaca Female (for Alpha Centauri Dominika);
●Champion — Senior Huacaya Alpaca Female (for Alpha Centauri Dominika);
●Champion — White Huacaya Alpaca (for Alpha Centauri Dominika);
●Champion — Brown Huacaya Alpaca (for Alpha Centauri Guns N Roses);
●First Sires Progeny Class (for Elysion Jupiter, our main stud male);
●Reserve Champion Mature Huacaya Alpaca Female (for Elitealpaca Jalana);
●Reserve Champion Senior Huacaya Alpaca Male (for Alpha Centauri Snow Leopard)
;Reserve Champion Adult Huacaya Alpaca Female (for Leparo Leda);
●Reserve Champion Adult Huacaya Alpaca Male (for Alpha Centauri Guns N Roses);
●Reserve Champion Intermediate Huacaya Alpaca Female (for Alpha Centauri CeeJaye);
●Champion Huacaya Skirted Fleece 12-18 months (for Alpha Centauri Razenhell);
●Reserve Champion Huacaya Skirted Fleece 12-18 months (for Alpha Centauri Pilot); and
●Reserve Champion Huacaya Skirted Fleece 48-60 months (for Elitealpaca Aolani).
The Munn’s prize alpacas are adjusting to life in regional Victoria well, although Bronwyn did say she fears they brought the drought down from NSW with them.
‘‘We just love living down here in Victoria. The land here is so much better than what we were on, so the alpacas have transitioned very well and are in a good mood,’’ she said.