Australia is taking on New Zealand in the ultimate show of Trans-Tasman rivalry — the Bledisloe Cup for alpacas.
The Royal Easter Show is hosting the battle for the second year in a row, with teams of shearers fighting for their nation's honour.
And just like its rugby namesake, bragging rights are at stake.
Shearer Chris Power, who is representing Australia, scoffed when asked which country would take home the prize.
"There's not much competition," he said.
They are fighting words given New Zealand won last year's cup, but judge Andrew Hulme said if the first round was anything to go by, this would be a tight race.
"There were different areas they had strengths and weaknesses in, but it came out to a draw — the first time in this competition," he said.
The teams will be judged over several rounds across two days.
"We're looking for an evenness in fleece cut ... you're also looking for the welfare of the animals because the animals have to go back into the paddocks," Mr Hulme said.
"And then we have the added addition of teamwork as well and how the shearer decides who does what in the team."
It looks painful, but no animals harmed
The process of shearing an alpaca looks confronting.
Their legs are secured so they do not move and get cut, and many protest loudly as their fleece is removed.
"We tie them up for their safety and our safety, they're a large animal, mostly around 100 kilos ... they actually kick to hit they don't kick to miss," Mr Power said.
Alpacas were first introduced to the Royal Easter Show in 1869, and have come a long way since then.
They are now prized for their fine fleece and meat, and have become a viable agricultural enterprise for farmers, who once used them solely to guard their sheep or chickens against foxes.
The show's convener, Keryn Burns, said the alpaca exhibit gave the public the chance to learn about, and interact with, the animals.
"A lot of people — especially the city people — wouldn't have a clue what an alpaca was," Ms Burns said.
However, she said it did not take long for people to fall in love with the notoriously inquisitive and bright animals.
"Every now and again you get somebody who didn't know about alpacas and then suddenly becomes the next breeder who might be showing here next year," Ms Burns said.
The winners of the Alpaca Shearing Bledisloe Cup will be announced at the end of the show.