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. Under 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.

  

Title of course

Practical Alpaca Training:

Introduction to Alpacas (Husbandry and Handling)

Date of course

Saturday 20th July

Name of the Affiliate Trainer running the course

Kate Brookes, assisted by Sue Ashmole

Affiliate course modules being offered
(use the module numbers and titles as a description of each is on the website)

Module 1: Catching your alpaca

Module 2: Fitting a head collar

Module 3: Basic halter training

Module 4: Feeding and basic alpaca management

Module 5: Vaccination, Worming and Supplements

 

Course description - any additional aspects you want to emphasise
(limited to 50 words)

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 feeding, vaccinations, worm treatment, parasite control, supplements and shearing information. It will also cover handling, catching and training.

We will limit the course to around 8 students and so, with two trainers, you will get plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills with the alpacas at Mullacott.

Time/duration

1000 - 1630 (lunch Included)

Location inc postcode

Mullacott Alpacas,

Lower Mullacott Farm,

Ilfracombe,

Devon

EX34 8NA

Cost

£95.00

*** There is a £40 discount for any two course places booked for 2019 ***

 

Contact
(email/phone)

Kate Brookes:

Email: info@mullacottalpacas.com

Phone: 07540050969

Web: www.mullacottalpacas.com

 

 

 

 

Title of course

Practical Alpaca Training:

Introduction to Alpacas (Husbandry and Handling)

Date of course

Saturday 24th August

This course can be completed with modules 6-10 running on Sunday 25th August, and Making Alpacas Your business course on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August to make a weekend of training.

Name of the Affiliate Trainer running the course

Kate Brookes, assisted by Sue Ashmole

Affiliate course modules being offered
(use the module numbers and titles as a description of each is on the website)

Module 1: Catching your alpaca

Module 2: Fitting a head collar

Module 3: Basic halter training

Module 4: Feeding and basic alpaca management

Module 5: Vaccination, Worming and Supplements

 

Course description - any additional aspects you want to emphasise
(limited to 50 words)

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 feeding, vaccinations, worm treatment, parasite control, supplements and shearing information. It will also cover handling, catching and training.

We will limit the course to around 8 students and so, with two trainers, you will get plenty of opportunity to practice your new skills with the alpacas at Mullacott.

Time/duration

1000 - 1630 (lunch Included)

Location inc postcode

Mullacott Alpacas,

Lower Mullacott Farm,

Ilfracombe,

Devon

EX34 8NA

Cost

£95.00

*** There is a £40 discount for any two course places booked for 2019 ***

 

Contact
(email/phone)

Kate Brookes:

Email: info@mullacottalpacas.com

Phone: 07540050969

Web: www.mullacottalpacas.com

 

 

 

Title of course

Practical Alpaca Training:

Introduction to Alpacas (conformation, Fibre and Breeding)

Name of the Affiliate Trainer running the course

Kate Brookes, assisted by Sue Ashmole

Affiliate course modules being offered
(use the module numbers and titles as a description of each is on the website)

Module 6: The alpaca – what to look for

Module 7: Alpaca breeding ad mating

Module 8: Birthing

Module 9: Understand shearing day

Module 10: What to do with your alpaca fleece

 

Course description - any additional aspects you want to emphasise
(limited to 50 words)

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.

Date of course

Sunday  25th August (note: Mods 1-5 running on 24th August and Module 11 on Monday 26th August for a full long weekend)

 

Time/duration

1000 - 1630 (lunch Included)

Location inc postcode

Mullacott Alpacas,

Lower Mullacott Farm,

Ilfracombe,

Devon

EX34 8NA

Cost

£95.00

*** There is a £40 discount on any two places booked on 2019 courses ***

Contact
(email/phone)

Kate Brookes:

Email: info@mullacottalpacas.com

Phone: 07540050969

Web: www.mullacottalpacas.com

 

 

Title of course

Practical Alpaca Training:

Turning your Alpacas into a Business

Name of the Affiliate Trainer running the course

Kate Brookes

Affiliate course modules being offered
(use the module numbers and titles as a description of each is on the website)

Module 11: Marketing your alpaca business

 

Course description - any additional aspects you want to emphasise
(limited to 50 words)

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. She is a regional finalist in the South West Tourism awards (2109)

Cost: £95.00 per day (lunch included)

See www.mullacottalpacas.com for booking details

 

Date of course

Bank Holiday Monday 26th August

(You can make a long weekend by also attending the Husbandry and Handling course on 24th August and the Conformation, Fibre and Breeding course on 25th August)

Time/duration

1000 - 1630 (lunch Included)

Location inc postcode

Mullacott Alpacas,

Lower Mullacott Farm,

Ilfracombe,

Devon

EX34 8NA

Cost

£95.00

***special discount £40 off any two courses in 2019***

Contact
(email/phone)

Kate Brookes:

Email: info@mullacottalpacas.com

Phone: 07540050969

Web: www.mullacottalpacas.com

 

Title of course

Introduction to keeping & handling alpacas  NOW FULLY BOOKED

Date of course

Thursday 5th September 2019  NOW FULLY BOOKED

Time/duration

9.30am – 4.30pm

Name of the Affiliate Trainer running the course

Penny Wylie

Affiliate course modules being offered
(use the module numbers and titles as a description of each is on the website)

 Modules 1-5

1.      Feeding & basic alpaca mgt 

2.      Vaccination worming & supplements slides

3.      Catching your alpaca 

4.      Fitting a headcollar

5.      Basic halter training 

 

Course description - any additional aspects you want to emphasise
(limited to 50 words)

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 & biscuits on arrival and during the day

 

Hard copy handouts  and certificate of completion will be provided

 

 

Location inc postcode

Yew Tree Alpacas

Anstey

Buntingford

Herts

SG90DA

Cost

£95 including lunch

Contact
(email/phone)

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

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

 

 

Title of course

BASIC HUSBANDRY & HANDLING - BRITISH ALPACA SOCIETY MODULES 1 - 5

 

Name of the Affiliate Trainer running the course

Janet Ireland and Caroline Oakes

Date

Saturday 7 September

Affiliate course modules being offered

o  Module 1:   Catching your alpaca

o  Module 2:   Fitting a head collar 

o  Module 3:   Halter training

o  Module 4:   Feeding and basic management

o  Module 5:   Vaccination, Worming and Supplements

 

Course description
(limited to x words)

This workshop is suitable for complete newbies or owners who would like a refresher and to learn what is current with alpacas at the moment.

Workshops are kept small to ensure attendees have time to get hands-on and ask as many questions as possible. Sessions include PowerPoint presentations, outdoor practicals and getting hands-on with the alpacas.

Please see website for full details https://www.titusalpacas.com/products/basic-husbandry-and-handling-british-alpaca-society-modules-1-5

Time/duration

9am – 5pm

Location

Titus Alpacas, Old Russet Barn, Stanwardine in the Fields, Shropshire SY4 2EX 

Cost

£95 plus vat

Contact

Janet Ireland 01939 262827/07840856874

Catering

Lunch, drinks and refreshments throughout the day are all included. Please advise of any special dietary requirements.

 

 

Title of course

New Breeders workshop

Date of course:

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Time

10am - 4pm

Name of the Affiliate Trainer running the course

Penny Wylie

Affiliate course modules being offered
(use the module numbers and titles as a description of each is on the website)

 Modules 6-8

6.      The alpaca, what to look for

7.      Alpaca breeding & mating

8.      Birthing alpacas

 

Course description - any additional aspects you want to emphasise
(limited to 50 words)

This course is aimed at novice alpaca breeders or those new to breeding. It is ideal for those new breeders who will have first cria arriving Summer 2020. If you are not sure whether to breed or not or whether to buy boys or girls this course will give you a good all round view of what’s involved if you decide to go into breeding alpacas.

 

The course 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. Birthing alpacas, covering preparation, the birthing period and post natal care in the afternoon.

 

Lunch will be provided, with coffee/tea & biscuits during the day

 

Hard copy handouts and a certificate of completion are also included in the cost.

 

 

Location inc postcode

Yew Tree Alpacas

Anstey

Buntingford

Herts

SG90DA

Cost

£95 including lunch

Contact
(email/phone)

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

 

For further information contact us at Yew Tree Alpacas

Tel 01763 848257 or email: info@yewtreealpacas.co.uk

 

 

 


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

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