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Yengarie Alpacas Open Weekend

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Educational day out amongst Yengarie's Alpacas
This weekend, Yengarie near Maryborough will come alive with the Yengarie Alpacas Open Weekend. Open from 9.00am to 4.00pm each day from Saturday 30 April to Monday 2nd May, you can learn all about these beautiful animals at the Yengarie Stud, Station Road, Yengarie.

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Yengarie Alpacas Open Weekend (Photo courtesy of Yengarie Alpacas Website)

Yengarie is a rural area west of Maryborough in Queensland with most residents opting for a acreage lifestyle free of city stresses. Only sixteen minutes or fourteen point four kilometres from Maryborough on the Maryborough-Biggenden Road, the location is an ideal place to live, yet still giving occupants a close distance to travel to work in Maryborough or Hervey Bay.

Alpacas originated in South America and were mainly domesticated and bred for their fine fleece and meat. They were firstly imported into Australia in 1989 and their introduction led to a new industry in Australia's economic growth. Australia is now exporting the animals to other countries.

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Finn, the Alpaca (Photo courtesy of Yengarie Alpaca Stud)

The stud breeds Coloured Huacaya alpacas and when you visit the this weekend you will get to meet Topaz, Park Lea, Dark Beauty, Sergent Pepper, Dash, Finlay, Gonzales, Delta, Sienna, Cassandra, Amil, Daisy and Crystal who are the current herd of alpacas living at the Yengarie Stud. Sergent Pepper is winner of two blue ribbons and Sire's Progeny. He is a proven sire of Greys and if you are keen to sire from him, the cost will be $440.00. Finlay, a reserve champion from the Gold Coast Event of 2012 is the only alpaca for sale at a cost of $750.00. Wouldn't you just love to have one in your background to pat each day? I definitely would.

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Sire by Pepper (Photo courtesy of Yengarie Alpaca Stud)

Over the weekend, not only will you learn lots about alpacas through the displays, husbandry and children's activities, you will also be able to purchase fleece in different colours for knitting or weaving your own garments. Alpaca fleece is much sought after for its soft feel, durability and high thermal properties, making jackets and scarves very warnm for the wearer in the cold months. The fleece can also be used for filling for continental quilts and some coarser fibres are used in carpets.

Hand feeding for the children or adults, will cost fifty cents and there will be a sausage sizzle and cold drinks available for purchase. Coffee and tea is provided free of charge. Merchandise is also available for purchase either on the day or through their website.

If you want more information about this event, you can email the Yengarie Stud or phone 07 4129 6531. Sounds like another great event over the long weekend.
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Why? Fun, educational day out for the whole family
When: 30th April to 2nd May 2016
Phone: 07 4129 6531
Where: Yengarie
Cost: Free
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