The National Western Stock Show is the world’s largest stock show. Visitors can enjoy the rodeo, petting farm, cattle, pony rides and alpacas.
The National Western Stock Show is the world’s largest stock show. Visitors can enjoy the rodeo, petting farm, cattle, pony rides and alpacas. Hillary Devin first started raising alpacas in 2010. She entered contests in 2011 and one of her alpacas won a fifth place medal in a contest. She has been entering and winning awards for her alpacas ever since. So far, she has a total of 50 alpacas on her 7 1/3 acres of land. Some of these alpacas are boarders. She keeps these along with her own alpacas on her land. Each one of her alpaca’s name is “associated with music”. She competes her alpacas in the halter competition. The halter competition is where alpacas are judged on their overall confirmation. This includes bite, fleece, luster and lock density. Her suri alpaca named “Champagne Supernova” won the competition for “Champion Male Light Suri” last year. This year, he was able to triumph all of the male suris in the halter competition and won the title “Champion Male Suri”. Hillary Devin’s alpacas have won many 1st place and championship ribbons and banners. Devin has her alpacas sheared once a year a couple of months before the stock show. This allows the alpacas time to grow enough of their fleece back for competition, so they can judged on the quality of it. Alpacas are sheared to keep them from overheating in the warm weather and so that their owners make a profit. “Alpacas soul purpose in life is to grow beautiful fiber and that's truly where our industry is going, to rival cotton and wool.” (Devin) The fibers can be processed into yarn and sold. The National Western Stock Show is a great place to learn more about livestock and get up close to animals.