Alpaca Shows and Auctions
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show in Medford, October 2004
The US alpaca industry is currently highly structured in terms
of the show ring and “sale by auction” (both online
and off). Not all alpaca owners ever step into the show ring,
and many breeders have great success in selling their animals
without the benefit of a successful show career, but for those
who wish to evaluate the relative merits of their herd, there
can be no better way than with the use of the highly accredited
Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) judging system.
Shows are held both nationally and regionally throughout much
of the year. Guidelines on what to show, and how to show it,
can be found from AOBA and also from the Alpaca and Llama Show
Auctions in the alpaca industry have recently become a highly
prized route to achieve high prices on top quality alpacas by
driving up interest. Several of the largest US alpaca breeders
keep back their finest animals to sell at auction. These sales
are pre-advertised widely – they can be discovered on the
internet and from national alpaca magazines (e.g. the AOBA magazine “Alpaca”).
Alpaca.com advertises itself as the “World's Premier Online
Alpaca Auction” and is an example of a rapidly growing
interest in online auctions, where animals are bought sight-unseen.