Education & Welfare

Alpaca Education & Welfare

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. The society offers two types of training:

  1. BAS Affiliate modules that cover items such as alpaca handling and welfare. Details of courses currently on offer are details below.
  2. BAS Breeder and Judge training. These items are restricted to BAS members only and details can be found in the Members Area.

Many BAS members offer courses for people interested in alpacas and alpaca fibre. Scroll down to see what’s on offer in your area.

BAS Training 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.

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 8 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
Venue:

Alpaca Assessment (Foundation)

Alpaca assessment (foundation): A two 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.

Date:
Venue:
Cost: The course costs £360 + VAT (BAS members) or £460 + VAT (non-members).

Alpaca Assessment (Advanced)

This course builds on the alpaca assessment foundation course.

Date: TBC
Venue: TBC
Cost: The course costs £450 (BAS members)

Training offered by Affiliates

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.

MOURNE ALPACAS
WEBINAR SERIES 2020

 

1. WEDNESDAY 6th MAY 2020 8pm BST

The Wonderful World of Birthing Alpacas!
Presenter: Claire Whitehead of CAMELID VETERINARY SERVICES (UK)

This webinar will cover preparation for the birthing season, what to expect when an alpaca gives birth, what to look out for when things aren’t going according to plan, and how to recognise when veterinary help is needed.
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2.   WEDNESDAY 13th MAY 2020 8pm BST

Why do they do that, and why Camelidynamics can help!
Presenter: Victoria Barrett of CAMELIDYNAMICS (UK)

In this presentation we will introduce you to some of the basic principles of Applied Behaviour Science to give you an understanding of alpaca behaviour and show how Camelidynamics uses these principles to help you learn how to handle and manage your alpacas. To change our animal’s behaviour first we must change our own. We are looking for commitment to facilitate rather than force behaviour to improve the quality of our relationships
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3.   WEDNESDAY 20th MAY 2020 8pm BST

From birth to weaning – caring for cria at every stage.
Presenter: Ami Sawran of WESTPOINT VETERINARY (UK)

In this session, we will cover essential checks to newborn cria, cria emergencies, feeding to obtain optimal growth and important milestones in a cria’s journey to weaning.
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4.     WEDNESDAY 27th MAY 2020 8pm BST

Alpacas – Understanding their potential and exploring what alpacas can offer across different lifestyles.
Presenter: Nick Harrington Smith of EVOLUTION ALPACAS (UK)

To understand the full potential of the alpaca we need to asses exactly what opportunities currently exist, those that are successful and those that might be possible. We cannot shy away from sensibilities but we must respect each and every individuals aspirations, be that pet owner, pedigree breeder and or all of those in between. I will endeavor to share my experience gained over many years and much travel in such a way that will help individuals make informed decisions.
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5.     WEDNESDAY 3rd JUNE 2020 8pm BST

Mating and Fertility – considerations, concerns and practicalities
Presenter: Peter Aitken BVSc MANZCVS MRCVS of TOTALLY VETS (NZ)

In our previous vet sessions, we have studied the birthing process, and also taken a good look at the care of the newborn cria. Now attention turns to covering the females. Peter joins us from New Zealand for this presentation, which he has subtitled “Alpaca Sex – the hands on approach!”. This session will explore all of the facets of the breeding process, when we all aim for a straight-forward and successful sit!
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6.     WEDNESDAY 10th JUNE 2020 8pm BST

Alpaca fibre : the view from the mill.
Presenter: Phil Allen of TWO RIVERS MILL  (UK)

In this presentation, Phil will  discuss preparing and processing alpaca fibre to yarn using experience gained from running his own worsted mill. He will cover what goes into making the best yarn, what to do with it once its finished and probably get side-tracked along the way chatting all things alpaca fleece.
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7.     WEDNESDAY 17th JUNE 2020 8pm BST

Parasites: the number 1 alpaca killer
Presenter: Claire Whitehead of CAMELID VETERINARY SERVICES (UK)

This webinar will discuss the main groups of internal parasites that are a concern in alpacas (worms, coccidia and fluke) and what effects these can have on your animals. The emphasis will be on developing parasite control strategies for use on your farm to include pasture management, monitoring and treatment only where necessary.
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8.     WEDNESDAY 24th JUNE 2020 8pm BST

What Drives Improvement? – looking at different methods for achieving and measuring herd improvement.
Presenter: Nick Harrington Smith of EVOLUTION ALPACAS (UK)

Every individual has a different idea as to what constitutes herd improvement and how quickly they seek to achieve that improvement.  Firstly though we need to understand what the objective is and to do this we must recognise what the ultimate goal is.  Breeders must be aware of current trends and breeding practices, and what the current market requires.  In this presentation we will begin to look at the various market drivers and how they might fit with personal objectives.
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9.     WEDNESDAY 1st JULY 2020 8pm BST

‘Call the Vet’ – 5 common alpaca callouts and how to handle them
Presenter: Ami Sawran of WESTPOINT VETERINARY (UK)

In this webinar, Ami will discuss five common scenarios that usually lead to veterinary intervention. This presentation will emphasise when veterinary advice should be sought, and how best to prepare for a vet visit; from noting important signs in your animals and delivering the history, to how to facilitate safe veterinary exam and treatment.
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10. WEDNESDAY 8th JULY 2020 8pm BST

In Therapy – Working with Alpacas and Llamas in Animal Assisted Interventions
Presenter: Victoria Barrett of CAMELIDYNAMICS (UK)

This webinar is aimed at alpaca and llama owners who have an interest in working with their animals in Animal Assisted Interventions. As public awareness of the benefits of animal-assisted interventions increases this presentation will give an insight into what is required to ensure a consistent, responsible and safe approach to these interventions.
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Title of course Practical Alpaca Training:

Introduction to Alpacas (Husbandry and Handling)

Date of course Saturday 12th September2020

This course can be completed with modules 6-10 running on Sunday 13th September 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

Discount: £75 per day if you book two or more places/days

 

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 October 2020

This course can be completed with modules 6-10 running on Sunday 25th October 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

Discount: £75 per day if you book two or more places/days

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)

Date of course Sunday 13th September 2020. This course can be combined with the modules 1-5 course running on 12thth September for a full 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 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

Discount: £75 per person  if two or more places are booked on any of the  Mullacott Alpacas BAS Courses

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)

Date of course Sunday 25th October 2020. This course can be combined with the modules 1-5 course running on 24th October for a full 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 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

Discount: £75 per person  if two or more places are booked on any of the  Mullacott Alpacas BAS Courses

Contact
(email/phone)
Kate Brookes:

Email: info@mullacottalpacas.com

Phone: 07540050969

Web: www.mullacottalpacas.com

 

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