FARMS OPEN THIS WEEKEND - 6 & 7 MAY

FOUR alpaca farms on the Mornington Peninsula will open for Australia-wide Alpaca Weekend. Here is the perfect opportunity to see four different farm setUps, four different breeding programmes grouped together in one area. Alpacas for sale, to feed, photograph or to take a cuddle!

KELOWNA ALPACAS

PITCHINGGA RIDGE ALPACAS

LIRALU

PERO ALPACAS 

Pero and Pitchingga Ridge also have a range of beautiful alpaca fleece products for sale.

FARMS OPEN SATURDAY MAY 6TH & SUNDAY MAY 7TH

10am till 4pm both days. (Pero Alpacas open 11am till 3pm)

 

TOP OF THE HILL TWILIGHT MARKET 2016

With the weather just right, Pitchingga Ridge and Pero Alpaas spent a lovely Friday evening at the Top Of The Hill Twilight Market on the 18th November.

Larry, Aruba and Pablo took a great interest in everyone that came by to touch, take photos and ask questions about them, the spinning of alpaca fleece and the handspun and commercial product on sale.

Article & Photos by Robyn Collett - Pero Alpacas

CIRCUIT WALK AT RED HILL

On a recent wet and miserable spring morning, I led a group of 24 hardy walkers from the University of the Third Age (U3A) Southern Peninsula, out on a circuit walk at Red Hill, lured in part by the promise of getting up close and personal to some alpacas at our morning tea stop.

An unplanned benefit was that the walk coincided with the Red Hill Scarecrow and Sculture Trail, which is now held every second year, and we passed quite a number, giving rise to much discussion and humour.

Fortunately for us, the weather cleared after awhile, and by the time we arrived at Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas everyone was excited to meet the alpacas. Jean and David Daddo made us most welcome and the morning tea was much appreciated before we went out to have a look at the alpacas.

I held one very patient black Suri, who tolerated being surrounded by a group very keen to have a good look at his lustous fleece. There were many questions from the group before our reluctant departure, and the alpaca discussions continured right through the second half of our walk back to our cars.

Many thanks to Jean and David for their wonderful hospitality.

Alan Steele - Avon Alpacas

MPAB BREEDERS COMPETE AT LARDNER ALPACA SHOW

Alpacas from three Mornington Peninsula  studs travelled to Warrigal's Lardner Park to compete against the region's best and came home with a bag of ribbons and Championships.

Well done to Kelowna Alpacas, Pero Alpacas and Pitchingga Ridge!


FLEECE COLLECTION 2016

Another successful fleece collection by alpaca owners on the Mornington Peninsula.

Each year a dedicated group of "Sorters, Recorders and Balers" converge on Geoff's Shed in Somerville to receive carloads, trailer loads and vanloads of alpaca fleece which is pressed then loaded into our float to be transported to Melbourne Fleece buyer, AAFL.

While some of the coarser fleece goes to the Carpet Manufacturer, the finer fleece, once skirted, will be loaded into shipping containers to be sent to Peru for processing.

Some months later it returns as beautiful product found in our on-farm shops and boutique stores.

Article & photos by Jean Daddo - Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas

AUTUMN IS CRIA TIME

Autumn is an exciting season for many breeders on the Mornington Peninsula as it is the time of the year when crias are being born.

A baby alpaca is called a 'cria'.

 

Article and photo - Pero Alpacas

ALPACAS AT BONEO PARK

A day at Boneo Park Family Fun Day and Grand Prix Show Jumping Event with 3 of our Alpacas.

Amazon, Felix and Pablo enjoyed being the centre of attention and were a great hit with the children and adults along with the product and spinning demonstrations.

Article by Robyn Collett

Pero Alpacas

MPAB MEMBERS OUT AND ABOUT.

Winston, with suris Soleil, Midnight Special and crowd favourite, Allegro, spent the day in the city promoting alpaca with Creswick and Vic Market management.

Our little black suri with personality plus, Allegro, rather enjoyed being the centre of attention during the photo shoot outside the store once the heavy downpour had passed!

Article by Jean Daddo

Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas

ALPACAS IN NATIVITY SCENE

Christmas carols ring out across the Red Hill fields, as Mornington Peninsula alpacas join in the pagentry as "Camels" in the Nativity Scene at the annual "Carols on the Hill".

Article & photos by Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas, Red Hill

ANNUAL MPAB CHRISTMAS GET-TOGETHER

Another enjoyable night spent together with our friends - all with one passion in common - our alpacas!

Naturally some of the conversation was centred around our animals and shearing which is always booked for this time of the year.

It was particularly lovely to see our friends who have recently retired from farming and to welcome our new members.

A beautiful setting at Stillwater at Crittendons, with predinner drinks on the deck beside the lake.

 

Article by Jean Daddo - Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas

Photos by Robyn Collett - Pero Alpacas

 

Corkscrew weed showing flower, seed pods and dried seed.
Corkscrew weed showing flower, seed pods and dried seed.

AN UNWELCOME WEED

Keep a lookout for this rather pretty weed in your pasture. Appropriately named "Corkscrew Weed", also Storksbill, its seeds, if ingested, can cause damage to grazing animals by penetrating the lining of the digestive system.

Seeds can also penetrate the skin resulting in irritation and infection.

 

Article by Jean Daddo

Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas

 

 

AT WORK IN GEOFF'S SHED.
AT WORK IN GEOFF'S SHED.

ANNUAL FLEECE COLLECTION 2015

Geoff's shed in Somerville, was a hive of activity for our MPAB Annual Fleece Collection. While Geoff's heavily pregnant sheep watched with bemused expressions, fleeces were unloaded, sorted, weighed, recorded and pressed, and by lunch time were all loaded in the float and ready for delivery into the AAFL warehouse in Sunshine.

Very happy that our sheds are now ready for this years fast approaching shearing, and that even the coarser fleeces from our older alpacas have a purpose.

Thanks, MPAB Team, for a job well done!

Article by Jean & David Daddo, Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas 

One of the Show highlights - The Grand Parade
One of the Show highlights - The Grand Parade

RED HILL SHOW 2015

With a record number of alpacas entered, the shed was full to capacity as the 2015 Red Hill Alpaca Show kicked off with the Junior Handler Competition. 

Ten children, some of whom had not previously handled an alpaca, led their alpacas through the course with barely a hitch. Congratulations to Callan for being awarded Champion Junior Handler with his very own black suri, Allegro.

Another great, highly competitive show with many Mornington Peninsula alpacas winning championships.

Congratulations to the Supreme suri, Chakana Blue Hot Tamale, and Supreme Huacaya, Jigaru Fashionista. 

Article by Jean Daddo, Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas. Photos by Larissa.

 

ALPACAS IN THE CITY SQUARE

The early morning sun filtered through the trees of Melbourne’s City Square as  groups of alpacas gathered, much to the surprise of suited city workers on their way to their offices, laptop in shoulder bag, coffee in hand.


What a fantastic day of promotion it turned out to be! From 7am until 7pm, Melbourne’s City Square was filled with alpacas from the Mornington Peninsula and around Victoria -  there to celebrate 25 years of alpacas in Australia, and to promote Australian Alpaca Week.


The City Square was abuzz all day long. Alpacas paraded down Collins street followed by a brace of photographers and journalists from The Age, Herald Sun and AAP. Social media spread our event around the world!


Channel 10 did a live cross during the weather report with Mike Larkin, proudly wearing one of our alpaca scarves; radio 774 did several crosses during the afternoon; thousands upon thousands of selfies were taken; information bags were handed out, and on the way home, one of the alpacas was greeted on the Red Carpet of the beautiful old Regent Theatre.


Thanks, team, for your positive vibrant spirit and enthusiasm that gave a wonderful atmosphere to “ALPACAS GO URBAN” in the heart of Melbourne. 

Jean Daddo - Co-ordinator

Alpacas in the Park on Australia day 2012

Mornington Peninsula alpaca breeders, David Daddo, Arthur Biri and myself, with 3 alpacas, Ruby Tuesday, Melody & Lyric from Pitchingga Ridge, travelled to s King’s Domain Gardens in Melbourne, to participate in the Australia Day festivities.

It was a perfect summer's day and even before we had finished setting up, the alpacas had drawn a crowd - and that's how it stayed for the rest of the day. Even when the 21 gun salute sounded and vibrated through the ground and with the Roulettes flying low and fast above our head, the alpacas held everyone's attention.

Adults and children alike, from all nationalities were thrilled to be able to touch and feed the alpacas, although some were apprehensive at first, as many did not know what sort of animal they were.

Many questions were asked and answered. Not only did they want to know about the alpacas, but also the process involved in making the vast array of products from the fleece.

Ruby Tuesday was a big hit, happily having her photo taken with everyone. Squeals of laughter were heard when Lyric discovered the lid off the treat bucket and proceeded to help herself with gusto. Melody took it all in her stride, even when a young girl said that her favourite was Lyric, because they shared the same name!

By the end of the day, although weary, we all agreed it have been a wonderful day. 

Article and photos by Robyn Collett, Pero Alpacas, Fingal

World Environment Day

ALPACAS  - CLEAN GREEN & FRIENDLY, PARTICIPATE IN WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY - 2011

On the 16th June, alpacas Yuki, Teddy and Blackliner from Pitchinnga Ridge Alpacas travelled to Rosebud Secondary College to participate in their World Environment Day festival.

The day had been organised by the Rosebud Secondary College Environment group, 'Planet Pals', to promote student awareness in sustainability, recycling and all things environmentally friendly.

There were stalls ranging from secondhand books, face painting and organic chocolates to Melbourne Water, paper recycling and Clean Ocean demonstrations and displays.

With the theme of the day being the colours blue or green, we were greeted by our colourful 'Planet Pal' helpers Zoe & Cassie - one of which was painted blue from head to toe.

They had made a poster to attach to the pen and the students and teachers alike were both inquisitive and interested in touching and learning more about the alpacas and their environmental attributes.

Our display showing fleece in its raw state, on the spinning wheel and through to finished products was very popular.

Article by Robyn Collett - Pero Alpacas

 

RED HILL MARKET

Come and see our Alpaca displays at one of Victoria’s most picturesque and best loved markets. Red Hill is the 'grand dame' of craft markets and has some of the best produce, food, music, and art and crafts in the country.

Market Dates: 1st Saturday of each month from September to May, 8am to 1pm. For more information and details go to http://www.craftmarkets.com.au/redhill.asp

Location: Red Hill is nestled in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula and is approximately 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne. The Market is located on Arthurs Seat Road, Melway Ref 190 J3.


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