Alpacas and sheep were the attraction of the town yesterday, with people travelling from far and wide for the 131st Ballarat Sheep and Alpaca Show.
About 500 sheep and 200 alpacas were paraded and judged on a range of criteria.
Chairperson of the sheep show board John Harbour said the day was an important event on the local agricultural calendar.
“We had the best sheep in Victoria on parade today in Ballarat,” he said.
Highly regarded judges travelled to Ballarat for the event.
“Andrew Calvert is a highly renowned judge from Tasmania – he’s a highly respected and senior judge over Australia,” Mr Harbour said.
“Wool is a real science – you are always looking for improvement.”
Alpaca show convenor Shane Carey said with 200 alpaca entries, it was the biggest year of the show.
As one of the biggest alpaca breeders in the area, he exhibited 20 of his own alpacas. “We’ve had entrants from all over Victoria and up into central New South Wales,” he said.