Roger & Elaine Clarke of Amberly Alpacas, will be delivering BAS Affiliate Training in association with the Northern Ireland Alpaca Group and the Alpaca Association of Ireland.
WHAT?….The BAS Affiliate programme is composed of 11 modules in total (as detailed below). These will be categorised and delivered over a number of different days (Day 1 & Day 2)
WHERE?…In order to facilitate attendance; the training will be hosted by Amberly Alpacas in N.Ireland and Hushabye Farm Alpacas In ROI.
WHEN?…Day 1 Training-Saturday 9th February 2019 at Amberly Alpacas and Saturday 16th February 2019 at Hushabye Farm Alpaca
COST?… The course fee is £90 per person, including refreshments. NIAG Members can available of a £20 on each place booked. Anyone not currently a member of NIAG can join ahead of booking to receive the discounted rate.
DAY 1; will encompass Modules 1-5 and is aimed at prospective and new alpaca owners (as well as anyone wishing to avail of revised training)
Module 1: Catching your alpaca
Module 2: Fitting a head collar
Module 3: Halter training
Module 4: Feeding and basic management
Module 5: Vaccination, worming and supplements
DAY 2; will feature all aspects of Modules 6-11 and is aimed at prospective, new and experienced breeders/keepers.
Module 6: Alpaca breeding
Module 7: Alpaca mating
Module 8: Birthing
Module 9: Shearing
Module 10: What do to with fleece
Module 11: Marketing your alpaca business
(Dates for Day 2 modules will be announced in due course)
Please contact Roger and Elaine at Amberly Alpacas (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details of these practical courses; including times, pricing and booking.
After much planning and preparation, members of the Northern Ireland Alpaca Group gathered at Gosford Estate on June 9 for the group’s annual halter show, judged this year by Jo Bridge and with a number of new exhibitors showing for the first time.
Beautiful sunshine and a vibrant show atmosphere made for a truly enjoyable day, with a steady stream of visitors to the arena throughout the day and plenty of opportunities for members to introduce them to the wonderful world of alpacas as the judging continued apace.
Our sincere thanks go to all our generous sponsors; to judge Jo Bridge of Hilly Ridge Alpacas for her insightful and balanced critique of the animals in the ring; to Paul MacDonnell of Hushabye Farm Alpacas for his expertise as ring steward on the day, and to our volunteer scribes Niall Clayton & Lisa Hughes of MountainView Alpacas, as well as all of our alpaca colleagues from across Ireland who visited on the day, and everyone who came to see the animals, ask questions and learn more. The results are published below and congratulations go to all exhibitors on their success.