Deborah and Brian Shannon, owners of Sweet Clover Alpaca located in Conway, attended the annual Alpacas in the Ozarks regional show in Fayetteville a few weeks ago. 

This show is held during gives smaller alpaca farms with children an inexpensive venue to bring their alpaca to compete in Halter, Fleece Spin-Off and Youth Obstacle Competitions.

Sweet Clover brought three young alpaca to the show and each animal placed in the ribbons. Two took blue and one brought home a white for third place.

The farm has 17 alpaca and is open for visitors by appointment, call 501-269-4425.

All three Alpaca were competing in Full Fleece Halter competitions. Sinclair is a 2-year-old male and beige. He took a first-place ribbon. Alyssa is a yearling female and white. She also took a first-place ribbon. Zorro is a yearling male and true black. He took a third-place ribbon.

There are different ways of competing in alpaca shows. They are as follows:

1. Halter (Full Fleece in Fall through Spring or Shorn in Summer).

2. Fleece from the spring shearing.

3. Spin-off Fleece (where the judge will prepare a spun piece of yarn and judge that).

4. Performance/ Obstacle.

5. Composite (Shorn Alpaca and their Fleece).

They are shown according to sex/age group and color.  

The animals are judged on confirmation and fleece characteristics. (Either a 50/50 or 40/60 scale depending of the judges preference). Confirmation is based on the proper dimensions and attributes to the alpaca. Fleece is judged on diameter/ micron count, brightness, staple length growth since last shearing, crimp/ wave, textile strength, true color throughout the whole fleece.