Magazine of the Alpaca and Llama Show Association Fall 2013
â€œFor people who love llamas, alpacas and the thrill of owning themâ€?
16th Annual ALSA Grand National
“New Beginning” 2013
A publication of the Alpaca & Llama Show Association
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The views expressed herein are those of the authors. Before undertaking any new regime with your llamas, you should always consult with your veterinarian. Only they can tell you what is best for your situation. We invite submission for unpaid articles and photographs. Email to Showring@figmentranch.com or mail to: Ruby Herron, c/o Showring Magazine,17102 Mueschke Rd., Cypress,Tx., 77433
Fall 2013 Contents Editor’s note...............................................................4 Office talk...................................................................5 Now There Are Six.....................................................6 All American Youth Jamboree...........................8 Wilson County 4 - H...............................................12 Figment Ranch Click two houston..............14 New Llama/Alpaca Vet Book.............................17 Giant Liver Flukes..................................................18 what do you do with a llama.........................22 I am my sisters’ keeper...........................................23 the saga of “50” shades of gray........................25 Joes’ Llama wish.......................................................27 Classic style working llamas..........................28
Letter From The Editor
When I started working on the first Showring Magazine, I got a lot of negative feedback. • One complaint was that people wanted something that would help unite the llama community but they did not think the Showring was the answer. The feeling was that no one would participate and it would not catch on. • The other complaint was that it was not in a printed format and people just would not read a virtual publication. In a perfect world , I would prefer to have both a printed Showring and a virtual Showring, but economically with the way the economy is, that is not possible. The good news is that the virtual Showring Magazine has been a big success and the readings are up 75% from the initial edition of the virtual Showring last year. I also want to mention that the summer edition has been viewed 3,362 times as of this date. I am very grateful for all the articles, pictures and suggestions that you all have sent in. Special thanks to Corky Dubois for the great cover shot. I believe that the llamas give so much to us and I think it is up to us to secure their future. Give yourselves a big pat on the back. I hope everyone will attend a regional show in your area and help support ALSA and of course I hope that you all will attend the Grand Nationals to compete with the best of the be Your friend,
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Office Talk I was reminded yesterday about a conversation I had with an ALSA member on January 8, 2012. This was 8 days after I came into the ALSA office. To think back about all of the conversations that I have had with the numerous ALSA members and the non-ALSA members is very humbling. I have learned so much, but of course I know that there are always hills to climb and conquer! Thank you all for working with me and being patient with me! I am seeing so many positive steps towards our llamas and alpacas. I would attribute a lot of this to the communication that we have with our members and our friends that love llamas and alpacas. Our total shows for the year of 2012 have exceeded the number of shows we had for 2011. We have been sending out information and reminders for these shows to increase attendance! And it has worked! Remember, if any of you superintendents wish for your ALSA sanctioned show to be email blasted out, please let me know. This is done FREE-OF-CHARGE. We will also put something in the Showring Magazine about your show FREE-OF-CHARGE! I also wanted to make sure you know that if you are an ALSA member, and if you would like to suggest something to send out to the masses, please call me. (An example of this would be a play day, clinic, etc.) We also have an increase in membership this year, too! Now, I’m not saying this is you, BUT, there are many people that do not think about renewing their membership until a show, so therefore we still receive renewals daily......... even now in September. It is important to renew your ALSA membership on January 1 so you will be sure to receive all the important information that is sent by ALSA to you about upcoming shows, clinics, voting opportunities, etc.! So – let’s talk about the 2013 ALSA Grand National Show this year that is coming up next month. As you all should know by now, the 2013 ALSA Grand National Show is being held in Shawnee Oklahoma on Oct. 24-27, 2013. I know many of you are qualified to come, so I hope to see you there. If you are not qualified yet, please attend a Regional Show in your area to get qualified! You know, even if you are not qualified, we’d still love to see you. Come and join us in Shawnee Oklahoma for the fun and fellowship! There are lots of give a ways, an awesome dinner provided by the Wattigneys, a sub-junior class that is FREE to enter and more! There is a lot more information for the Grand National and the hotel info. on the ALSA website under the Grand National Show tab here http://www.alsashow.net/national.html . If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at 281-516-1442. Another piece of information I have heard is that there are some people that would like to attend the 2013 ALSA Grand National Show but need a travel buddy. If any of you are looking for another person in your area, and are wondering if they are coming, maybe I know. Or better yet, ask your friends! Alright guys, please know I am here to help! Talk to you soon.
Now There Are Six! The Regional Championship Committee is thrilled to be able to provide ALSA members with six Regional Championship shows this year, which is double the number of shows from last year. This is possible because some wonderful people have stepped up and volunteered to serve as Regional Superintendents and also because of the support of the ALSA Board of Directors and ALSA office. So please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Regional Championship show closest to you. In chronological order they are:
August 31 & September 1, 2013 (Labor Day weekend)
The Rocky Mountain Regional Championship will be held in conjunction with the LOCC Fall Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, Colorado. The Superintendent is Barb Harris and the judge will be Maryan Baker. September 14, 2013 - NEW THIS YEAR
The Midwest Regional Championship will be held at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso, IN. This location was picked to be accessible for ALSA members in the Great Lakes, Buckeye and Eastern Regions, so we decided to call it the Midwest Championship rather than name it for any one region. Bob LaMorte has volunteered to serve as superintendent and the judges will be Wally Baker for halter and performance and Mike Haumschild for performance. We are really excited about this show, as it is a great example of thinking outside the box for the benefit of the exhibitors. September 20 & 21, 2013
The Central Regional Championship will be held in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City. This has been a winning combination in the past with Penny Thomas as superintendent and we are sure it will be a great event for exhibitors again this year. The judge this year is Bill Schultz. 6 Showring Magazine Fall 2013
October 5 & 6, 2013 - IT'S BACK!
The Northwestern Regional Championship will be held at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis, Oregon. Sean Kutzler has volunteered to be the superintendent and the judge will be Mary Jo Miller. It has been a couple of years since the Northwestern Region has had its own Championship and we hope everyone in that part of the country will take advantage of this opportunity. October 5 & 6, 2013 After a brief hiatus the
Southwestern Regional Championship is returning to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California and will be held in conjunction with the Llamas of the Wine Country Harvest Celebration Show. This sounds like it will be a really fun weekend, with two llama shows, good friends, good food, and maybe even some wine tasting if you are so inclined. Joy Pedroni is the superintendent and the judge will be John McDougall. October 12 & 13, 2013 To quote Charlie Daniels - "The South's gonna do it again!"
The Southeastern Regional Championship will be held in conjunction with the Georgia National Llama Show. The Southeastern has always been one of the best-attended Regional Championships and we are really happy that it is back this year. Kathy Devaul and Cheryl Lambert have volunteered to serve as co-superintendents and Bill Feick will be the judge. We cannot thank the Regional Superintendents enough for making these shows possible and hope that everyone will support their efforts by attending a Regional Championship. Please remember that all Regional Championships are double point shows, you can attend as many as you want with no pre-qualifying, and all Grand and Reserve Championship placings count towards ALSA Champion titles.
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On August 11th 2013,
members were recognized at their annual Achievement Night Banquet. 87 youth participated in this event.
Wilson County Texas
Wilson County 4H
Two of these youth were members of the Wilson County 4H llama project, managed by Susan Leslie. Tanner White received a second place and Zoe Rutledge received a third place score in their Llama Project Record books. Kytheranialynn Fambrough Brown, and Job Keith were recognized for their achievements in their project record books as well. They are also members of the Wilson Co. Llama 4H group. The evening’s events did not end there. Wilson County also recognizes “Friends of 4H” at this awards night. These are people from the community that give of their time and talents and expect nothing in return. This year, Mr Bill Feick, the youth call him Mr. Bill, was nominated for this award, and was presented a plaque for everything he does for the youth, not just in Wilson County, but anywhere he is needed to teach, judge and help these youth. Congratulations to Bill, Wilson County’s Friends of 4H awards recipient. 12 Showring Magazine Fall 2013
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I am reposting this comment I made about an article in the NY Times, because I got a message asking me to put it in my Time Line. Amazing that this article came out. I have been reflecting on why those of us who love llamas are so fiercely loyal to them and prefer them to all other animals.
When asked what do you do with a llama? We tend to answer with the typical hyperactive American stay busy at all costs answers; pack, use the wool, use them for sentinel guard animals, use them for cart animals, etc. etc. etc. The truth of the matter is that many people don’t USE them in a practical sense but can’t imagine a life without them. Why? My answer is that they are rare, exotic and beautiful and infinitely fascinating. Gazing at them as they serenely go about their lives is deeply satisfying. They communicate thoroughly with their body language, they are intuitive when interacting with people and especially with children, the elderly and people with handicaps, they can be extremely lazy and then on a whim comical and joyful as they dance across the field pronging and bucking, they babysit each other’s crias and their pecking order is a work of social skills art. Gazing, contemplating and being totally present are states that are often difficult for people to achieve in these fast past modern times and llamas transport us there painlessly. They are therapeutic for that reason. Beats the heck out of Prozac. The fact that they are easy to care for and are avoidance animals rather than confrontational makes them safer to handle than most large animals. They are sensible and forgiving of our human foibles and that in and of itself provides a life lesson. After over 25 years of raising llamas, I continue to learn from them, find them infinitely fascinating and find that I can sit and watch them and lose track of time and stress, beats the heck out of TV. I think there should be a llama in every yard. If people realized how they are easy on the land, don’t smell and do well in so many environments covenants might be changed to make this a possibility. Until that time, be sure to visit a local llama farm and enjoy the show. You will be glad you did. Sally Verner German Rucker
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New Llama/Alpaca Veterinary Procedures Book Available
Veterinary Techniques for Llamas and Alpacas David E. Anderson, Meredyth L. Jones, Matt D. Miesner ISBN: 978-0-8138-1987-7 Paperback 360 pages May 2013, Wiley-Blackwell US $79.99 from Wiley or Quality Llama Products (http://www.llamaproducts.com)
Veterinary Techniques for Llamas and Alpacas provides a step-bystep guide to performing procedures in llamas and alpacas. Organized by body system, the book presents concise, visually oriented information to enable clinicians to treat these animals with confidence. With coverage ranging from basic maintenance such as restraint and catheterization to more complex procedures such as minimally invasive surgery, Veterinary Techniques for Llamas and Alpacas describes the full range of techniques required for the medical management of these species. Each procedure is described in detail, with a consistent format for ease of use and accompanying photographs to illustrate the concepts described. A companion website offers videos of many of the procedures discussed in the book. Veterinary Techniques for Llamas and Alpacas is an essential resource for any veterinarian or technical staff member treating South American camelid patients. Hallmark Features •Presents a complete, well-illustrated patient-side manual for veterinary techniques in llamas and alpacas •Offers authoritative guidance on how to perform varying procedures, based on the authors’ wide range of experience •Covers techniques ranging from basic to advanced •Provides color photographs throughout to depict specific steps •Aids veterinarians and technicians in confidently performing veterinary techniques in these species •Includes a companion website offering videos of many of the procedures described at http://www.wiley.com/ go/andersonveterinary For Table of Contents and additional information, see: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0813819873,descCd-description.html
Fascioloides magna in llamas ( giant liver fluke) Fascioloides magna which is also known as giant liver fluke, large American liver fluke or deer fluke is commonly found in wild and domestic ruminants in North America and Europe. It is a flatworm of the class Trematoda distributed worldwide able to infect mammals including humans. Mature flukes measure 30 to 100 mm in length Ă—15 to 30 mm in width, it has the shape of a flatted oval leaf with an oral sucker at the anterior end. (Mulvey, et al., 1994; Foreyt and Todd, 1977; Foreyt and Todd, 1978 The life cycle of this hepatic parasite is slightly complex. The adult resides in the liver of the definitive host, the white tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). This mature parasite releases eggs which are later released through the bile ducts into the intestine and finally leave the host through the feces. A significant stage of the parasites called embryonation occurs outside the hosts in the environment after which, in water and swamps, this parasite attaches to the intermediate host which are freshwater snails from family Lymnaeidae. In the snail the parasite completes another stage in which it becomes a mature cercarie which will
actively swim in water for up to two hours before encysting on vegetation in which the fluke will be called metacercariae (infective larvae, or young flukes, which are quite resistant to the elements) . The definitive host (in this case the llama) ingests vegetation containing the metacercariae. The juvenile flukes which emerged from the cyst
in the stomach and intestine of the host into the liver where they get a fibrous capsule is formed around them. In the capsule, the parasite completes its development and starts egg-laying. The adult F. magna can survive in the liver of the host up to 7 years (Nguyen, 2011; Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 2010) A 12 year old female llama presented 3 weeks ago because of lethargy and anorexia. The physical exam was normal although blood work revealed liver and kidney failure. No parasitic eggs were seen microscopically on feces. On ultrasound large amount of free abdominal fluid was seen and a sample was taken and analyzed. Cytology revealed it was transudate fluid due to inflammation probably of the liver.
The llama was treated with supportive treatment and antibiotics although liver values were increasing daily. Humane euthanasia was elected and a detailed necropsy was performed. Findings were consistent with an experiment performed in 1990 where an adult castrated llama was inoculated orally with F. magna metacercariae. No clinical signs were seen before the llama was euthanized. At necropsy serosanguinous fluid was present in the peritoneal cavity with adhesions form the diaphragm to the liver. The liver had yellow caseous material with black fluke tracts lined with fibrous tissue. No parasite eggs were recovered in feces. Blood work in this llama was unremarkable other than (GGT) was slightly elevated 55IU/L and SDH 9.6IU/L. Fasciolasis in cattle and sheep is very common especially in areas where snails are found. . In the mentioned study, 2 sheep were inoculated with the same amount of liver flukes than the llama and 22 mature parasites were found in this ruminants liver compared to 5 in the llama. No eggs were found in the feces supporting the theory that llamas are dead-end hosts as cattle and moose therefore this animals are not capable to spread the parasite (Conboy, G.A., Stromberg, B.E., 1991) The control of liver flukes is not easy due to the difficulty in controlling the intermediate host. A way to prevent infestation in llamas is by controlling grazing of the animals on snail-infested areas, especially those occupied by infected deer. One way to treat the snail-infested pastures is with copper sulfate but control is almost impossible to maintain. Hay that has been harvested in enzootic areas should not be given to the livestock
animals. In a wildlife refuge in Texas Triclabendazole was given to the deer in corn bait resulting in the prevalence of liver flukes being significantly lower (Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 2010). There is small amount of information published about Fasciolasis in camelids which may suggest that F. magna is not a serious pathogen in llamas. Clinical signs are not always present although it is not rare to find individuals in which the liver damage is so extensive euthanasia may need to be elected. As earlier described, this parasite can survive in the liver of the host up to 7 years therefore transportation of the animals from one place to another is important ; (Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 2010; Mulvey, et al., 1991). Management and control of the pastures essential and a good deworming program in each farm should be developed to decrease the number of llamas infected. Bibliography: •
Conboy, G.A., Stromberg, B.E., 1991. Hematology and clinical pathology of experimental Fascioloides magna infection in cattle and guinea pigs. Veterinary Parasitology 40, 241–255. Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 2010. "Deer Liver Fluke" (On-line). Michigan Department of Natural Resources: Wildlife Disease) Mulvey, M., J. Aho, C. Lydeard, P. Leberg, M. Smith. 1991. Comparative population genetic structure of a parasite (Fascioloides magna) and its definitive host. Evolution, 45 (7): 1628-1640. Mulvey, M., J. Aho, O. Rhodes, Jr.. 1994. Parasitism and whitetailed deer: Timing and components of female reproduction. Oikos, 70 (2): 177-182) Foreyt, W., W. Samuel, A. Todd. 1977. Fascioloides magna in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus): Observations on the pairing tendency. The Journal of Parasitology, 63 (6): 1050-1052. Nguyen, S. 2011. "Fascioloides magna" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed May 08, 2013 at http://animaldiversity. ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Fascioloides_magna/)
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The Saga of “50 Shades of Gray”
Monday, September 2,2013 started out like any other day at the farm. I had just returned from the Heart of Dixie Show at 3:00 AM which made for a short night. I made a stop down at the barn before I headed out to clean cabins to check on the llamas. As I walked into the barn, I was greeted by a new cria. FH Misty Black had decided to have her baby about 2 weeks early. So, I did what I have done with most of the crias born here. I weighed the baby, 20 pounds, iodine the navel, and put mom and baby up in a stall with some feed and hay. We don’t usually do anything else but watch and let nature take its course. After a few minutes, baby got up and nursed and all was well with the world. So, off I went to clean cabins. I returned home that evening to find mom and baby doing well. I fed the other girls, spent some time watching my new baby and then went to bed. The next morning I weighed the baby and found she had gained 2 pounds. I thought, yippee, mom has lots of milk. Baby ran around the barn for a little, then I put her back with mom and went to work. When I returned home, I noticed that baby was a little restless. As I fed the other girls, I noticed that she got up and down several times. She would nurse, but not very long, and something seemed off. I decided to give her an enema, just in case she hadn’t passed all of her merconium. That seemed to do the trick, but baby still seemed out of sorts. I went to the house to eat supper and when I returned, things had gone from bad to worse. The baby was now getting up and then throwing herself on the mat, lay for several moments, and then would do it again. She was humming, mom was humming, and after watching her do this 6-8 times, I was worried. I had never seen a baby do this before. So, what to do? I called a llama friend and she had never seen this before either. So, now I was stumped. I knew my vet was unavailable and the emergency vet in the area was not very llama knowledgeable. It was 11:00 PM. So, I decided to post my dilemma on the llama Marketing page on Facebook. Thankfully, there were lots of llama people online and all had something to add. But, the post that rang the bell for me was a post by Pam Clark. She was worried about the 2 pound weight gain and thought that the baby might still be stopped up. Off to the barn I went to give another enema. The enema did its job but by now the baby was very weak and still seemed uncomfortable. I decided to let her rest for a little and set my alarm for 2:00 AM. When the alarm went off, I just hoped that I wouldn’t find a dead baby. Imagine my surprise when I found mom and baby cushed together and resting comfortably. By morning, baby was back to normal and while she did not gain any weight that time, she gained 2 pounds the next day and has gained at least a pound every day since. The enemas did the trick and I learned from my vet that you can give multiple enemas if need be without any adverse consequences. After over 100 births, I have learned something new but hope I never have to see this again. 50 Shades of Gray continues to do well and I look forward to showing her when she is old enough to show. 25
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Joes’ Llama Wish We received a call one summer day from a woman that very concerned about her husband Joe. He was in a nursing home suffering from Parkinson Disease. He had broken his leg and he was very depressed. She said he had almost given up on life but he talked non-stop about seeing llamas again. (It seems that he was retired from the oil business and had spent a lot of time with llamas while in South America.) Joe’s wife asked if we could bring a llama out to see Joe in the nursing home. We told her that it was a little too hot to transport llamas right now but when it cooled off we would try to set up a visit.
But Joe’s wife was so concerned about his health that she asked if she could arrange to bring Joe to the ranch now. Well.............. Never under estimate the determination of a loving wife. In a few days, Joe showed up in an ambulance, nurse and all. It was very hard to push Joe around in a wheel chair. But we had an idea. We managed to pick Joe up put him in our golf cart; then off we went to see the llamas. When Joe first arrived he was very quiet but after he was surrounded by the llamas he was smiling and was a little chatter box. We spent a couple of hours going all over the ranch while he had endless stories and questions about llamas. This turned out to be a great day for Joe and it was a
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James Mobley and Cody at West Texas Fair visiting with a group of school kids
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Special needs youth who competed in the Heart of Dixie show. Cody is 12 years of age and suffers from friedreich ataxia. He has been a member of the Jackson County, GA 4-H Love of Llamas Program for 3 years. This was his first show and he said he never thought showing llamas could be such fun! A special thanks to Kim Kyst 4H leader, Patti Morgan judge, Nancy Miller Borg show superintendent, and Kurt Pihera obstacles for making this such a positive experience for Cody!
ALSA Youth, Abigail Kreutner, is on the right with her ribbon and plate and still dressed in her Harry Potter themed costume from the alpaca costume show. She was the overall grand champion for Floyd County 4H. Also pictured with her are her cousins and members of the same club, Hannah Bailey in the middle and Kendall Lanham on the left.
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REMINDER!! SouthWest Regional Championships Oct 5 & 6, 2013 Santa Rosa Fairgrounds Entry forms can be emailed to Joy at email@example.com or snail mailed to Joy Pedroni 3966 Estate Drive Vacaville, CA 95688 Credit card payments can be made through the ALSA office. Just call Robin! GET YOUR SOUVENIR T-SHIRTS PRE-ORDER YOUR T-SHIRTS NOW. THERE WON’T BE A LARGE STOCK AVAILABLE Margaret is donating $3.00 of each shirt sold to LANA !! “Vintage Circus” As a special treat, Margaret has designed a second shirt: “Sneaking In”
Design by Margaret Drew T-Shirt Prices are $15.00 Llama Association of North America 3966 Estate Drive Vacaville, CA 95688 www.lanainfo.org
These cannot be preordered. There will be a limited number available at the show. First come first served! GET YOUR ENTRIES IN NOW. DEADLINE TO BE IN THE PROGRAM IS SEPTEMBER 27, 2013. We’re going crazy on this show! Don’t miss out!
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Lets Here It For The ALSA Youth !
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ALSA Board and Officers Susan Leslie LaVernia, TX
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