Al-pac-a bag and trot along to Lanarkshire

If you’re looking for something a little bit different to entertain you this weekend, then trot along to Lanarkshire where the Scottish Alpaca championships are taking place.

More than 130 animals from 28 exhibitors across Scotland and North England are set to be judged in the third annual alpaca version of Crufts, which will be held at the Lawrie & Symington Agricultural Centre in Lanark on Saturday, 28 April.

Visitor entry is free for the show where alpacas are judged for their fleece and shape. Judging will cover male and females in the Suri and Huacaya breeds with four age classes for each colour. An overall Best in Show will also be awarded.

Show organiser Stuart Ramsay, of Velvethall Alpcas, said: “Alpacas are wonderful animals and people will be surprised at how popular they are in Scotland.  The interest is primarily in their fleece which is very soft, hypoallergenic and similar to cashmere.

“As well as watching the judging, visitors have the opportunity to speak with the alpaca owners, see some of the animals up close and meet hand spinners who use the wool.”

Visitor entry is free and doors open at 8.30am with judging due to commence from 9am.

For more information on upcoming events in Lanarkshire, visit our what’s on page.