The Alpaca Futurity is not casually named. Year after year, it is truly where the futures of American alpacas are determined. The Futurity is a show based around young, up-and-coming animals -- in fact, none of the animals competing are older than three years. Only the best examples of the most well-bred alpacas make the trip from all over the nation to compete for hard-won trophies, ribbons and honor. Over seven hundred animals were registered, representing around 250 of the best breeding programs in the United States.
The Futurity took place over a long weekend including Monday, in Grand Island, Nebraska at the newly built Fonner Park Facility. This facility is state-of-the-art, offering easy accessibility and amenities to help the breeders set up easily. The set up makes managing animals simple at this home-away-from-home.
The Futurity Show and Small Breeders Challenge took place on Sunday and Monday April 22 & 23, 2012. The young animals participating exemplify what's most exciting in the world of alpacas. Each animal present is the result of years of breeding, blood, sweat and tears by the owners. They get the best veterinary care, the perfect ratio of protein and minerals in their feed and even the luxury treatment of constantly whirring fans to regulate their body temperatures. As a result, their fleece is of the finest quality and their health is superb.
Judges Peter Kennedy, Amanda Vandenbosch, Kristin Buhrman and Helen Humphreys did an excellent job ranking animals. Kennedy was in charge of Huacaya males, Vandenbosch ranked the Huacaya females, Kristin judged Suris and Helen took charge of the Small Breeder's Challenge. Then, for Breeder's Choice they put their heads together as a group to make their decisions.
As they judge bite, conformation, fleece density, organization, staple length and other aspects of the animals, they carefully consider complex issues learned through years of training. Each mentioned how difficult and yet rewarding thei
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