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

There are a few places available for the following BAS training courses on a first come, first served basis. Book via Manage Your Herd


Delivering Training Workshop 

29 September 2018

Aston Abbotts Village Hall, The Green, Aston Abbotts HP 22 4NB
Tutor: Kate Brookes
10.00 for a 10.15 start. Finish at 16.30.
Cost: £95 + VAT including refreshments and handouts.  

Book through Manage Your Herd on the website. 


Practical Alpaca Assessment

3–4 November 2018

3 November – Aston Abbotts Village Hall, The Green, Aston Abbotts HP 22 4NB (Tutor: Liz Barlow). 10.15 for a 10.30 start. Finish at 17.30.
4 November – Alpaca Evolution, Fair Winter Farm, Buckingham Road, Singleborough, Milton Keynes MK17 0RB (Tutor: Nick Harrington-Smith). 8.45 to 15.30.

Cost, including refreshments and handouts: BAS Affiliates (including those with conditional status) £190 + VAT. BAS Members (not part of the affiliate scheme) £ 230 + VAT. This is a special 'one-off' price to support the affiliate scheme.  

Book through Manage Your Herd on the website. 


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: Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018
Venue: Bozedown Alpacas, Berkshire
Cost: £450+ VAT (£540). Bookings can be made via the 'Manage your herd' section of the online registry.
Tutors: Liz Barlow and Mary-Jo Smith
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.

6 October 2018 – 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. 

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

24 November 2018 – Practical Alpaca Training: Introduction to Alpacas
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.

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

23 March 2019 – Practical Alpaca Training: Introduction to Alpacas (Day 1)
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. 

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

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.

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


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.

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