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.
Many BAS members offer courses for people interested in alpacas and alpaca fibre. Click below to see what’s on offer in your area.
BAS training courses
Alpaca evaluation: A one day course on alpaca conformation and fibre.
- 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.
Course notes will be provided including a glossary of terms.
There will be a maximum of 12 people on the day.
Cost: BAS Members £ 65 + VAT Non Members £85 + VAT
This course will only run if there is a minimum of 6 people.
Regional groups are encouraged to arrange for this course to be held locally for the benefit of their members.
The next evaluation course: To be be confirmed
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Alpaca assessment (foundation): A three day course for BAS members on assessing alpaca conformation and fleece. 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.
The next Foundation Course : to be confirmed
Cost:The course costs £360 + VAT (BAS members) or £460 + VAT (non-members).
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Alpaca assessment (advanced): This course builds on the alpaca assessment foundation course.
The next Advanced Assessment: TBC
Cost: The course costs £450. (BAS Members)
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National Education Committee
The British Alpaca Society, through its regional representatives on the national Education Committee, provides members with education and courses. The Education Committee is currently working with LANTRA to develop a series of standardised certified modular courses on all aspects of alpaca keeping and management. The courses will be available nationwide.
World Alpaca Conference 2012
The BAS World Alpaca Conference committee organised a hugely successful alpaca conference at Keble College, Oxford, in March 2012. With over 17 countries represented and over 300 delegates and 11 speakers from UK, Europe, Australia and the USA, this was an invaluable exchange of alpaca experience and expertise.
Quarterly 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.
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.
The BAS invites speakers with relevant expertise to the UK to enhance the judge training programme and to offer invaluable advice to members. Amanda Van Den Bosch from the USA has provided a course on suris for judges and members, Australian fleece expert Cameron Holt has led several courses for judges, and Brett Kayson from the USA led courses on verbal reasoning, form and function.
The BAS supports its regional group members to invite speakers and share expertise on all aspects relating to alpacas.
The BAS, through its national Show Committee 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.
The BAS, through its 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.
The BAS website provides the general public with an educational resource containing detailed information on the alpaca, the membership and the Society.