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.

 

Title of course

Alpacas as a business, from start to finish.

Name of the Affiliate Trainer running the course

Rosalind Pugh

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

Saturday modules 1-5 and 11

Sunday modules 6-10 and 11

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

Saturday would suit beginners and those that wish to refresh their memories and note changes in management over the years. Sunday will be more advanced and include more discussion.

Rosalind has owned alpacas for over 15 years and does almost everything related to them.

Date of course

Saturday March 9th and Sunday March 10th

 

Time/duration

10.00 – 16.00

Location inc postcode

Sampford Alpacas

Haye

Quethiock

Liskeard

Cornwall Pl14 3SH

Cost

£45 for one day including lunch and other breaks

£75 for 2 days including lunch and other breaks

Contact
(email/phone)

01752 854549

Rosalindpugh1942@gmail.com

 

Title of course

BAS AFFILIATE TRAINING

Date

Saturday 9th March 2019 modules 1 - 5

And

Saturday 30th March 2019 modules 1 – 5 SOLD OUT

Name of the Affiliate Trainer running the course

DR MICHELLE DUNNIECE Mourne Alpacas

Affiliate course modules being offered

Modules 1 through 5

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

Course description
(limited to x words)

On the day we will blend theory sessions with practical hands on experience for each of the modules – theory in the morning in our village training rooms and practical sessions in the afternoon o the farm – bring your wellies hats and gloves!

The day will be enhanced by plenty of group chat times, and also the provision of handouts and a completion certificate at the finish of the day.

Based on our home farm at Mourne Alpacas, where we have the largest all pedigree BAS registered herd on the island of Ireland, you can be sure to have a warm family-centred experience for your alpaca training and learning with us.

Time/duration

10am through to 4pm each day

Location

Mourne Alpacas

60 Levallyreagh Road

DROMARA

Co Down Northern Ireland

Cost

£95 plus Vat

FREE to Mourne Alpacas Club members

Contact

Dr Michelle Dunniece

michelle@mournealpacas.com

M: 07918719595

Catering

Details on application.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Title of course

Introduction to shearing day & options for your alpaca fleece

 

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)

Module 9:   Shearing
Module 10: What do to with fleece

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

This course is aimed at new and novice owners who are unsure of what shearing involves and apprehensive about what to do on the day.  It also goes through different options on what to do with your alpaca fleeces after shearing.

 

You’ll go away from this course much better prepared for shearing day and with the knowledge of the different options for using and processing your alpaca fleeces. There will be some practical sessions during the day including a chance to learn how to skirt alpaca fleece.

 

Please note this not a course on learning to how to shear

Date of course

Friday 12th April 2019

Time/duration

10.00am-3.30pm

Location inc postcode

Yew Tree Alpacas

Anstey

Buntingford

Herts

SG90DA

Cost

£85 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

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

Date of course

Sunday 2nd  June 2019

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 and 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.

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

Introduction to keeping & handling alpacas

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

4.      Feeding & basic alpaca mgt 

5.      Vaccination worming & supplements slides

1.      Catching your alpaca 

2.      Fitting a headcollar

3.      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

 

 

Date of course

Thursday 13th June 2019

Time/duration

9.30am – 4.30pm

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

New Breeders workshop

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 approaching their first breeding season in 2019 or thinking of buying female alpacas for to start a breeding herd.

 

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.

 

 

Date of course

Friday 14th June 2019

Time/duration

10.00am – 4pm

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

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

 

 

 


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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

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Showing

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