Welcome

Welcome to the Northern Ireland Alpaca Group (NIAG)!

NIAG, a regional group of the British Alpaca Society, brings together a growing number of alpaca owners, breeders and enthusiasts from across Northern Ireland, providing mutual support among members and championing the welfare of alpacas and the education of their owners.

About

The Northern Ireland Alpaca Group (NIAG), a regional group of the British Alpaca Society, is a small group of alpaca breeders, owners and enthusiasts from right across Northern Ireland.

 

Established in 2011, the group provides a central focus for the rapidly growing alpaca community here in Northern Ireland.

Click here to download the NIAG Constitution.

 

About Alpacas

Alpacas originate from the Altiplano (Spanish for high plain) in west-central South America. Spanning the borders of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, this area of the Andes averages nearly 4000 metres.

 

Alpacas are one of the camelid species, closely related to the llama. There are four species of South American camelid – Llamas (Lama glama) and alpacas (Vicugna pacos) are domesticated and vicuna (Vicugna vicugna) and guanaco (Lama guanicoe) remain wild and are protected species. All four are found mainly in Peru in the Andes, with smaller numbers in Chile and Bolivia.

 

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News

TRAINING – Birthing and Neonatal Cria Care (27 January 2018)

Amberly Alpacas, in association with the NI Alpaca Group, will be hosting a one-day practical course on pregnancy, birth and neonatal care of alpacas. The course will cover the first few months of an alpaca’s life, exploring: The birthing process, what can go wrong and how to deal with it Management of the newborn Understanding …