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All in the Breeding at Alpaca Classic 2012

The first ever Alpaca Classic Elite Auction held at Bozedown Farm in Reading attracted over 30 pedigree alpaca entries and was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, an exciting step forward for Alpaca breeders UK wide.

Alpaca sale

The show and sale organisers, Bozedown Alpacas and The Alpaca Stud wanted to make this an event, not just a sale and they did just this with special guests coming from as far as South America to be a part of it. Held over two days a number of seminars were presented on the growing industry by experts in their fields; Alonso Burgos of Peru, Brett Kaysen from America and Claire Whitehead from the UK.

The whole event was a joint venture between two of the country’s leading breeders, and buyers attended from Cumbria, Bedfordshire, Wales and across the UK. Nick Harrington-Smith of The Alpaca Stud commented on the success of the event;

“Our objectives were to make available the very best genetics, provide an opportunity for education from international speakers giving international perspective on the industry, to demonstrate that there was a market place for very good animals in the UK and it was an opportunity to reinforce the Alpaca industry here in the UK. This was the first true bloodstock pedigree Alpaca Auction to be held here. “

“There were plenty of things to be taken home from this event and it was rewarding to see the industry show such willingness and a desire to attend. American, Brett Kaysen was very informative and broke down how and why the American market has continued to grow from strength to strength”.

The auction was held on the Saturday evening and was conducted by leading livestock auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington.

Selling them was David Thomlinson of Harrison & Hetherington and introducing all of the animals was Brett Kaysen. The two formed the perfect double act and their two personalities dovetailed within the auction ring creating a competitive but fun atmosphere.

The two top prices on the night were from the event organisers. One was Alpaca Stud Raziya, a two year old female who sold for 10,000 guineas.

The other was from the locations own Bozedown Alpacas with Bozedown Gracie II, another two year old female also selling for 10,000 guineas, much to the delight of owner, breeder and one of the event organisers Mary-Jo Smith;

We wanted to put on an event for the industry to show people where the quality of the animals was at in the United Kingdom. It was also to show that decent prices can be achieved which was certainly noted with the sale of Bozedown Gracie II and Alpaca Stud Raziya. This was a great opportunity for breeders to meet with some of the foremost international speakers on Alpacas and breeding”.

Over 100 serious breeders attended and the average price achieved was around £8000 per animal.

Harrison & Hetherington’s auctioneer David Thomlinson gave his feedback on the sale;

“There was a great vibe and a very buoyant trade. There were some fantastic animals and this was reflected in the exceptional prices reached on the day. Overall the Alpaca Classic 2012 was a huge milestone for the industry and an event that will hopefully gain even more traction in 2013”.

For more information contact Harrison & Hetherington on 01668 406 200 or visit

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