BAS exhibit at the Farm Business Innovation 2014

5 December 2014

Four BAS representatives, Sue Welch, Shirley Bettinson, Gary Sanders and Tim Hey travelled up to London Olympia last week to exhibit at the largest alternative farming expo in the UK. There were over 200 exhibitors at the farming show which was running in conjunction with the larger Business Show.

Live alpacas, British made knitted and woven clothing and the new pop up display formed the basis of the British Alpaca Society trade stand. The alpacas were the only live animals at the show and the BAS overall attracted many seriously interested visitors. Many of the people who approached the stand owned their own land and were extremely keen to find out more about alpaca farming and ownership. In fact, the BAS were able to obtain full contact details from 294 people who are seriously considering alpacas and would like to have more information. The lecture notes, membership application form and BAS membership list will be emailed to them this week with more communication scheduled for the future. The hope is that these people will find breeders local to them and arrange to visit their farms which will in turn result in sales.
 
In addition to the trade stand display, the BAS were also invited to give a seminar on the Thursday. Shirley Bettinson and Tim Hey delivered a 30 minute long seminar on the history, fibre and the income that can be made from farming alpacas in Britain. This seminar was one of the most oversubscribed seminars of the day, with standing room only available in the lecture theatre.     

Feedback from the event suggests that it was a great success with attendance of land owners, estate managers and small holders, up from last year. The BAS stand showed that the alpaca industry is exciting, professional and here for the long term.
 
For a copy of the lecture notes please click here:
 

         

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