The Alpaca Colour Genetics workshop with Dr Kylie Munyard at Colourbration 2016 was very well attended so we extended the education program with a series of free informative lunchtime presentations. Friday 25th August - eAlpaca launch Nathan Bailey of Simplify Solutions and Fiona Vanderbeek AAA Vice President Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Everyone enjoyed the complimentary ‘burger bar’ and a demonstration of our new online registry and show system which will manage our International Alpaca Registry (IAR).
Saturday 26th August - Alpaca husbandry ‘hot topics’ Worms & Selenium Dr Harun Rashid from University of Melbourne and Dr Jane Vaughan from Cria Genesis Snapshots of results from recent studies on drench resistance and selenium levels in alpacas and their recommendations for future treatment of these two important issues.
Sunday 27th August - Alpaca ‘Fibre of the Gods’ …. but what are us mere mortals doing with it? Saddle first shearing demonstration - Graham Moore from Total Alpaca Care Watch Graham up on the big screen as he shears an alpaca on his customised shearing table and explains the benefits of using the saddle first method on the table. Fleece skirting workshop - Kylie Martin AAA Judge and Skirting Trainer With the fleece directly off the shearing table, Kylie will talk us through skirting with the camera zooming in to show us the good, the bad and the ugly bits up close. Fleece testing procedures and interpretation of results - Paul Vallely from AAFT A brief presentation from Paul about how the testing machines work and what to look for in the results and histogram you receive. This will be beamed onto the big screen. Show fleece judging demonstration - Karen Caldwell AAA Judge of the 2017 Spectacular Fleece Show Karen agreed to be 'miked up' to run through the judging process with some examples of high and low scoring fleeces (with the exhibitors permission) and explain why they received the awarded points in each category of the new fleece scorecard.