Alpaca education and training

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The British Alpaca Society is keen to promote education and training for its members and the general public in all aspects of alpaca ownership and management. Regional representatives form the National Education Committee which oversees education and courses. Under the Affiliate Scheme, those qualified will be offering specific BAS course modules. Details will be posted below. For a list of Affiliates by herd name, click here. For a list of Affiliates by county, click hereUnder the BAS Affiliate Scheme, those who are qualified will be offering specific course modules. Scroll down for details.

 BAS Courses

 

Alpaca Evaluation 

A one day course on alpaca conformation and fibre.

Covering:

  • Basic conformation including teeth, stature, genitalia, legs, gait and body scoring;
  • Fleece – how to recognise the different qualities and traits of fibre including weight and value, fineness, density, crimp, uniformity, length, colour, amplitude and frequency and an introduction to histograms.

You will have the opportunity to assess fleeces and discuss the merits of different qualities and styles.

There will be a maximum of 12 people on the day. This course requires a minimum of 6 people to run.

Cost: BAS members £65 + VAT; non-members £85 + VAT

The next evaluation course: To be be confirmed


Intermediate Alpaca Assessment Course: (Previously known as the Foundation Course)

A two-day course for BAS members on assessing alpaca conformation and fleece as well as learning how to compare alpacas and the terminology needed to describe them. This course is a comprehensive package in basic alpaca assessment and applicable to all, as well as being a prerequisite for those wishing to enter the BAS judge training scheme.

Date: TBC
Cost:The course costs £360 + VAT (£432; members) or £460 + VAT (£552; non-members). 


Advanced Alpaca Assessment Course 

This is a two-day advanced course for BAS members and a prerequisite for those wishing to enter the BAS judge training scheme. Participants must have already completed the Intermediate Assessment.

Dates: To be confirmed
Cost: £450 + VAT (£540). Bookings can be made via the 'Manage your herd' section of the online registry.
Maximum: 12 places which will be taken on 'first come, first served basis'

Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days; please advise if you have any specific dietary requirements. 


BAS Affiliate Courses 

Courses offered by BAS Affiliate Trainers are from the set of 11 approved by the Society:

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
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

Upcoming Courses

Apply directly to the breeder concerned.

5 January 2019 – Practical Alpaca Training: Introduction to Alpacas
Modules 1–5
10.00–16.00 at Mullacott Alpacas, Lower Mullacott Farm, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8NA
£95 including lunch

This practical, hands-on course is ideal for new and prospective owners and those wanting to know more about caring for alpacas. This course will cover basic husbandry and care, including vaccinations, worm treatment, parasite control, supplements and shearing. It will also cover simple handling, catching and training. 

***Special discount offer for 2019 courses – £40 off any two courses (one person on two days or two people on one day) ***

Contact: Kate Brookes, info@mullacottalpacas.com; 07540 050969; www.mullacottalpacas.com or Sue Ashmole: Cadenza Alpacas, 07813 307506.

16 January 2019 – New Breeder's Workshop
Modules 6–8
10.00–16.00 at 
Yew Tree Alpacas, Anstey, Buntingford, Herts SG9 0DA
£95 including lunch

This course is aimed at novice alpaca breeders or those new to breeding. It is ideal for those approaching their first breeding season in 2019 or thinking of buying female alpacas to start a breeding herd. The day will be a mix of theory and practical sessions and will be split into two main sections. In the morning, what to look for in an alpaca (conformation and fleece) and options for breeding & mating. In the afternoon, birthing alpacas, covering preparation, the birthing period and post natal care. We will also cover common birthing problems and advice on coping with weak/ill cria after birth. 
Lunch will be provided and also coffee/tea & biscuits at the start and end of the day. Hard copy handouts and a certificate of completion are also included in the cost. Maximum 7 attendees.

Please book online at www.yewtreealpacas.co.uk/shop/courses-workshops

For further information contact us at Yew Tree Alpacas: 01763 848257 or email: info@yewtreealpacas.co.uk

2 February 2019 – Introduction to Keeping and Handling Alpacas
Modules 1–5
9.30–16.30 at 
Yew Tree Alpacas, Anstey, Buntingford, Herts SG9 0DA
£95 including lunch

The course will be a mix of theory and practical sessions throughout the day. It will be split into two main sections; basic day to day husbandry and healthcare in the morning followed by handling, halter training and leading in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided with refreshments at the start and end of the day. Hard copy handouts  and certificate of completion will be provided. Maximum 7 attendees.

Please book online at www.yewtreealpacas.co.uk/shop/courses-workshops

For further information contact us at Yew Tree Alpacas: 01763 848257 or email: info@yewtreealpacas.co.uk

16 February 2019 – Practical Alpaca Training: Introduction to Alpacas
Modules 1–5
10.00–16.00 at Mullacott Alpacas, Lower Mullacott Farm, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8NA
£95 including lunch

This practical, hands-on course is ideal for new and prospective owners and those wanting to know more about caring for alpacas. This course will cover basic husbandry and care, including vaccinations, worm treatment, parasite control, supplements and shearing. It will also cover simple handling, catching and training. 

***Special discount offer for 2019 courses – £40 off any two courses (one person on two days or two people on one day) ***

Contact: Kate Brookes, info@mullacottalpacas.com; 07540 050969; www.mullacottalpacas.com or Sue Ashmole: Cadenza Alpacas, 07813 307506.

17 February 2019 – Practical Alpaca Training: Turning your Alpacas into a Business
Module 11
10.00–16.30 at Mullacott Alpacas, Lower Mullacott Farm, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8NA
£95 including lunch

Have you always wanted to turn your love of alpacas into a business, but never got started? Perhaps you have a small business, but want it to grow? Maybe you just want the alpacas to self finance! Whatever the reason you want to make money from your alpacas, the new course at Mullacott Alpacas will help you turn those dreams into reality. The course will cover choosing the right line(s) of business for you; how to sell your services/products; your brand and USP (unique selling point); marketing and publicity; turning leads into firm business. Then there are all the practicalities – insurance, risk assessment, finances, contracts, tax, VAT, type of company, etc, etc, etc. By the end of the day you will have a plan in place to actually make your dreams come true.

Kate is a qualified coach and trainer, with extensive experience in helping others to start and build their own business. She has four successful businesses of her own and has won the silver award for New Business and Innovation in the 2018 Devon Tourism awards, as well as the gold award for access and inclusivity. 

***Special discount offer for 2019 courses – £40 off any two courses (one person on two days or two people on one day) ***

Contact: Kate Brookes, info@mullacottalpacas.com; 07540 050969; www.mullacottalpacas.com 

24 March 2019 – Practical Alpaca Training: Introduction to Alpacas (Day 2)
Modules 6–11
10.00–16.00 at Mullacott Alpacas, Lower Mullacott Farm, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8NA
£95 including lunch

This practical, hands-on course is ideal for new and prospective owners and those wanting to know more about caring for alpacas. This course will cover what to look for in your first alpacas, keeping breeding females, shearing and using your fleeces and developing your alpaca business.

***Special discount offer for 2019 courses – £40 off any two courses (one person on two days or two people on one day) ***

Contact:  Kate Brookes, info@mullacottalpacas.com; 07540 050969; www.mullacottalpacas.com or Sue Ashmole: Cadenza Alpacas, 07813 307506.

28 April 2019 – Practical Alpaca Training: Turning your Alpacas into a Business
Module 11
10.00–16.30 at Mullacott Alpacas, Lower Mullacott Farm, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8NA
£95 including lunch

Have you always wanted to turn your love of alpacas into a business, but never got started? Perhaps you have a small business, but want it to grow? Maybe you just want the alpacas to self finance! Whatever the reason you want to make money from your alpacas, the new course at Mullacott Alpacas will help you turn those dreams into reality. The course will cover choosing the right line(s) of business for you; how to sell your services/products; your brand and USP (unique selling point); marketing and publicity; turning leads into firm business. Then there are all the practicalities – insurance, risk assessment, finances, contracts, tax, VAT, type of company, etc, etc, etc. By the end of the day you will have a plan in place to actually make your dreams come true.

Kate is a qualified coach and trainer, with extensive experience in helping others to start and build their own business. She has four successful businesses of her own and has won the silver award for New Business and Innovation in the 2018 Devon Tourism awards, as well as the gold award for access and inclusivity. 

***Special discount offer for 2019 courses – £40 off any two courses (one person on two days or two people on one day) ***

Contact: Kate Brookes, info@mullacottalpacas.com; 07540 050969; www.mullacottalpacas.com 


Alpaca Magazine

The BAS provides its membership with an informative quarterly magazine dealing with all aspects of alpaca ownership. The editorial content is applicable to the aspirant, beginner and established breeder within the UK and Europe. Click here for more information.

Judge Training

The BAS, through its judge training, certification, annual calibration and triennial recertification programmes, qualifies and maintains certified BAS halter and fleece judges to a coordinated professional standard to work in the alpaca show rings in UK and Europe. Details of judge training is in the members section of the website.

Regional Groups

The BAS supports its regional group members to invite speakers and share expertise on all aspects relating to alpacas. 

Showing

Through its National Show Committee, the Society supports a programme of BAS accredited halter and fleece shows throughout the length and breadth of the British Isles. Not only do these shows provide a showcase and learning experience for the general public but they also play a major part in educating and informing alpaca breeders throughout the UK.

Promotional Materials

The BAS Media and Marketing Committee makes printed educational and information resources available to its members and encourages the education and promotion of all aspects of alpaca ownership and management to the general public.

Website

The BAS website provides the general public with an educational resource containing detailed information on the alpaca, the membership and the Society.

Become a member

Join the British Alpaca Society today and become part of our national network dedicated to all things alpaca. Membership offers knowledge, networking and support to help you protect your investment and work towards your own alpaca aspiration.

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