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Wooly good friends at Seymour Expo

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The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will host a range of livestock to ride, pat and learn about.

The livestock on show will include the universally loved Poll Highland cattle, which is unique in that unlike the standard highland cow, the Poll Highland cattle are hornless.

They also have a double coat, making them extra fluffy and winning them the title of cattle with the longest fur.

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Although they are built for the harsh Scottish weather, the cattle shed their fur in the summer, making it easier for them to cope with the heat.

The breed even has royal ties as Queen Elizabeth II was gifted some of the breed, and the livestock now roam the grounds around Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The Mayfield Poll Highland Cattle will be at the Seymour Expo to educate attendees on the breed. Another fan favourite will be returning to the event – the Eden Rise Alpacas.

Three young alpacas and two miniature goats will make their expo debut, and the team will be there to answer any questions attendees may have.

Although you can’t go into the animals’ pen, the miniature goats, Milo and Toffee, are known to accept snacks and treats from passersby.

“It’s a great day for us and you know, alpacas have been in Australia since the 80s but they are still seen as a bit of a niche pet, so we come along and dispel any myths and pass on our knowledge,” stud owner Samantha Schwebach said.

Other livestock that will be trotting into the Seymour Expo include Australian white sheep, miniature donkeys and many more hooved friends.

Whether you want to ask questions or feel the soft fur of livestock, there’s plenty to see and do at the Seymour Expo this year.

Seymour Alternative Farming Expo runs from Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14, from 9am to 4pm each day at Kings Park Reserve, Tallarook St, Seymour.

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