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:
Many BAS members offer courses for people interested in alpacas and alpaca fibre. Scroll down to see what’s on offer in your area.
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 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: Northern Ireland 7th (full) and 8th October 2023
BAS Affiliate Courses*
Courses offered by BAS Affiliate Trainers are from the set of 9 approved by the Society:
Module 1: Feeding and basic management
Module 2: Vaccination, Supplements, Illness and Ailments
Module 3: Handling Alpacas
3a) Herding and catching
3b) Fitting a head collar
3c) Basic Halter Training
Module 4: The Alpaca – What to look for
Module 5: Understanding shearing day
Module 6: Fleece – what to do with it
Module 7: Breeding and mating
Module 8: Birthing
Module 9: Marketing your alpaca business
*(This course was revised and updated in October 2022 and was formerly 11 modules. The content remains the same)
There are affiliates all over the country to find someone near you click here
Further contact details are available here – names, emails, and telephone numbers.
Apply directly to the breeder concerned.
|Date/Time||Saturday 7th October 2023 10.00 – 16.30|
|County (Postcode)||Yorkshire (YO61 4PD)|
|Title||Introduction to Alpaca Management 1|
|Modules||Modules 1,2 & 3|
|Course provided by, or in association with, BAS members – The British Alpaca Society does not Endorse or Approve the course shown below|
|Date/Time||21st – 24th October 2023|
|County (Postcode)||Mullacott Alpacas, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8NA|
|Title||Four day Camelidynamics clinic|
|Date/Time||Sunday 9th November 2023 10:00 – 16:30|
|County (Postcode)||Gloucs (GL53 9NJ)|
|Title||Basic Alpaca Husbandry|
|Contact||07799 785 719|