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: To be be confirmed
Intermediate Alpaca Assessment (was Foundation): A three day course for BAS members, non members or overseas guests 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: 22nd, 23rd and 24th October 2021
Venue: Dunchurch near Coventry
For full details click here
Cost: The course costs £395 + VAT (BAS members) or £495 + VAT (non-members).
This course builds on the intermediate alpaca assessment course.
Date: 4th and 5th December 2021
Venue: Kingswood near Aylesbury
Cost: The course costs £450 (BAS members)
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
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.
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