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Paca Platica AAA WA Region VOLUME 15 - ISSUE 1 Summer 2012

This issue From the President AAA Update Managing Worm Burden Whiteman Park Update Alpaca Code of Practice Albany Show Showing Junior Judging Feeding mouldy hay Coccidiosis Craft For the Kids

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Contents

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Website Design

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Goldendale Alpacas

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Autumn Lane Alpacas

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Alpaca Assist

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Shearer - Gellatly

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Wesuri Alpacas

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Treechange Alpacas

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Encantador Alpacas

Albany Ag Show

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1300 Alpaca

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Negrita Alpacas

This has been our seventeenth year participating at the Albany show and I am still pleased with

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Garry Wooldridge

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Goldleaf Alpacas

This year we had officially, 182 animal nominations and 75 fleece nominations. This was later

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Futura Alpacas

reduced to 168 animal exhibits due to 15 animals being scratched. The increase in Suri fleeces

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Lawithick Alpacas

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Stirling Alpacas

the level of participation.

and animals is also very pleasing. Judge, Angela Preuss worked tirelessly on the Thursday before the show, judging fleeces ably stewarded by Judy Little and Judy Smith. Full story on page 6

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Regional Committee The Executive PRESIDENT

The Members Natasha James

Angela Bartels

Stud: Address: Phone: Mobile: Email:

VICE PRESIDENT

Stud: Address:

Treechange PO Box 1391 Toodyay WA 6566 (08) 95744144 0413 538 285 info@treechangealpacas.com.au

Phone: Mobile: Email:

Brett Fallon

Greg Smith

Stud: Address: Phone: Mobile: Email:

SECRETARY

Stud: Address:

Futura 819 Hunwick Road Albany WA 6330 (08) 9845 2456 0411 702 584 futuraalpacas1@activ8.net.au

Phone: Mobile: Email:

Phone: Mobile: Email:

TREASURER

Stud: Address:

Keis PO Box 686 York WA 6302 (08) 9641 2058 0403 129 866 info@keis.net.au

Phone: Mobile: Email:

Janine Bastick

Stud: Address: Phone: Mobile: Email:

Goldleaf PO Box 5230 Albany, WA, 6332 TBA 0408 403 910 goldleaf_alpacas@hotmail.com

Sophie Jackson

Isi Cameron

Stud: Address:

Wesuri 306 O’Brien Road Gidgegannup WA 6083 (08) 9574 6857 0427 292 691 mmm_tasha@hotmail.com

Banksia Park 192 Jarrah Road Serpentine WA 6125 (08) 9525 3532 0417 179 298 banksiaparkalpacas@bipond.com.au

Jackie Simpkin-Brown

Vellum Farm PO Box 12 Maylands, WA 6931 (08) 9574 4932 0413 033 574 Janine@vellumfarm.com.au

Stud: Address: Phone: Mobile: Email:

Carinoso PO Box 524 Mundaring, WA 6073 (08) 95726003 TBA camaro1@iprimus.com.au

Jean Baxter Stud: Address: Phone: Mobile: Email:

Corbracagh Downs 600 Berry Road Gidgegannup, WA, 6083 (08) 9574 7028 0439 922 321 jbaxter@westnet.com.au

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From the President March is upon is already, it doesn’t seem long since we held our Christmas function at a spectacular venue provided by the James’ at Wesuri. Thanks to Maja and her team for organising a great evening and a special thanks to those members who dug deep and bid on the auction items raising essential funds for our shows. The evening wouldn’t have been the success it was without the generous support of the following       

Keis Bedrock Alpacas Treechange Alpacas Fennasoft Wesuri Cigweld CM Computer solutions

per year rather than four? I am sure you can add your own questions to this list. The first show of 2012 is all set for 28th & 29th of April and by the time you receive this newsletter you should have all received your Whiteman show schedules. Entries close on 26th March so ensure you complete the paperwork prior to this date. Last years quiz night, a fundraising initiative of the Whiteman committee was a great night out and enjoyed by all who attended. It will once again be held at the Mt Lawley Bowling club on 30th March. I am sure that this years quiz will be just as successful so start organising your teams, tables of 8 to 10 are available and bookings are essential. I wish you all success in the forthcoming show season. Angela Bartels

The break even concept has raised much debate over recent meetings and this newsletter is also required to “endeavour to break even”. Even after the pleas made at the last OGM held at Keysbrook the response for member support in the form of advertisements has been low and consequently this means the newsletter is running at a loss. Its important for us to consider how we can save costs and at the next OGM it will be prudent to ask questions such as should the newsletter continue? should the region continue to support the funding shortfall? should we produce just two editions

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AAA Secretary Manager Joy possesses a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Business degree majoring in Public Relations and Event Management; a post graduate Certificate of Management through the Australian Institute of Management; Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training and she is currently studying a Masters in Public Policy and Management at Monash University on a part time basis.

AAA SECRETARY MANAGER I have much pleasure in advising you that Joy Walker is our new Secretary Manager. Joy commenced duties with us on January the 16th and is looking forward to working with you all. Her experience with not for profit organisations and skills relating to Public Relations and Management will be an asset to our Association.

Joy is a general manager with experience of working within the corporate sector; education; local and national government as well as with the not for profit sector and membership based organisations. She likes to be known for delivering on her promises; clear communication; strong customer service and using her experience to assist organisations to reach their strategic goals.

Joy lives in Mordialloc, in the beautiful south eastern bayside suburb of Melbourne with my husband Norman and our two dogs. She has two daughters, who are in their early twenties and are in varying degrees of moving towards independence. Joy loves photography and this love has passed on to her youngest daughter who is now a professional photographer. Joy’s other passion is travel and she has been lucky enough to visit many countries throughout the world, taking photographs as she goes.

If you think that Joy can be of assistance, please don't hesitate to contact her either by email at joy@alpaca.asn.au Joy moved to Australia 8 years ago from the UK and is now an or by telephone on +61 (0)3 9873 770 ext 6. Australian Citizen.

Recent Event - Photos

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Alpaca Meat now available The Naked Butcher (Mundaring) Mondo Meats (Inglewood)

Alpaca meat supplied by KEIS Alpaca Stud, York, WA Keith & Isi Cameron www.keis.net.au 5


Managing Worm Burden Hi there, for many breeders the scourge of worm burden is Faecal samples will be collected from each volunteer farm at an all too common phenomenon. specific times throughout the year to determine: A Pilot research programme run for the last few years by Carolyn Oddie in conjunction with Dr Rob Woodgate from DAFWA, investigated Intestinal Parasites and Management Practices on a number of alpaca properties. This research project will be expanded to cover a wider geographical location and focus on intestinal parasites, their prevalence, control by farm management and anti-parasiticides. Conducting the project will be Dr Dieter Palmer from DAFWA, Natasha James, student researcher from Murdoch University and Carolyn Oddie, consultant veterinarian.

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When the greatest period of burden is, and

b) What types of worms are present in the herd. From this it is hoped to understand if;   

Stage One will entail gathering a list of farms that are willing to participate in this project. Those that choose to participate will be given a questionnaire that will help to identify current herd management practices, property layout, testing undertaken and anti-parasite procedures. This project is not limited by the number of animals in the herd or the size of the property. Both of these factors will help to identify which practice works best in different herd scenarios. This diversity of management is an important component as there are herds within the industry that range from broad acre to hobby and it is important to ensure that the right management practices are being utilised in each situation. Through the use of the right management protocol, it is possible for worm burden to be kept to a minimum, if not completely eradicated from the herd all together, without the continual use of anti-parasiticides.

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there is a seasonal pattern to worm infestation, based on worm species. there is a carrier in the herd that shows no signs of infestation. without treatment the worm burden naturally declines (Treatment protocol undertaken with the owner’s permission). the maternity paddock carries a greater worm burden than other paddocks. for the weanlings suffering from a large or small burden, does this decline over time without treatment as they develop a level of immunity (Treatment protocol undertaken with the owner’s permission). management practices that have been undertaken have an affect if any, on the herd worm burden levels. there is an identifiable level of infestation that requires chemical treatment.

Please be aware that anonymity is assured, when the project report is written. There will be no identifying details included, the only people who will be aware of your farm details are the research team (mentioned above). The samples will be taken and given a laboratory number hence anonymity is assured in regard to testing and results. If you have any further queries or would like to volunteer for this research project please contact Natasha James or Carolyn Oddie via email.

The previous pilot project, of which this is an extension, found that under certain management practices (that did not include regular chemical treatment) it is possible to run a herd at a high stocking rate with a minimal worm burden. This new project will be looking at the same principals but on a larger scale. The pilot project involved four herds. This project will involve varying geographical locations across the state and a larger number of herds. From the information gathered in this project we hope to produce a protocol for intestinal parasite control, utilizing farm management based on alpaca attributes with minimal anti-parasiticide use, which will enable a reduction, if not cessation, of the use of anti-parasiticides on our farms, which as we all know is an expensive and time-hungry undertaking. This will also ensure that anti-parasiticide resistance in alpacas is kept to a minimum, or does not develop.

This project will be conducted under Approved Animal Ethics guidelines. Names and details need to be finalised by March 31st for the project to begin in April. Please contact Natasha if you wish to be part of this project. Thank you Natasha James Animal Health Email: mmm_tasha@hotmail.com Carolyn Oddie Email: emerys5@westnet.com.au

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Whiteman Alpaca Show: 28th - 29th April

Whiteman Park MEMBERS – This year’s show & Fiesta, will celebrate our 14th at the picturesque Whiteman Park. The Show Committee would like to encourage members to participate at the show by entering their alpacas and fleeces and help make the show a great success. Some new innovations are planned for the show which should enable those in attendance, the opportunity to gain further knowledge of both the animal and fleece products. The popular show dinner and auction will again be held on the Saturday evening of the show (28th April) following completion of judging. Further information on the show and supporting functions will be provided along with the show schedule. Thank you to members, for your past support. .. Ron Reid (Show Convenor)

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Code of Practice - Classing Alpaca The AAA leads the way with Standards for the Australian collection centres and training and registering classers. Alpaca Industry This code of practice will be copyrightable and remain the A Code of Practice for Classing Alpaca to establish a Quality property of the AAA Ltd Assurance Program for Australian Alpaca What will it achieve?  Why do we need a Code of Practice for the classing of By having a minimal classing Code of Practice, qualified Alpaca? Professional and Owner Classers will maximise lines/bales and present a correctly classed product that meets the  What will it achieve? diverse requirements of the processors and manufacturers.  What does this mean to buyers and processors? What does this mean to processors and buyers?  How do we implement this program? The buyers of Australian alpaca will have confidence that the In order to answer these questions let us first analyse the product so branded, tested and offered for sale will have a meaning of the two components of this statement:consistency in all aspects of type, colour, length, style and a. Code of Practice (COP) true to its micron test. b.

Quality Assurance(QA)

How do we implement this program?

According to the Macquarie Dictionary:

The establishment of the AAA Classing Code of Practice is almost complete. The AAA Board have now approved these Code is “any system or collection of rules and regulations” standards and published copies will be available for training Practice is “to perform or do repeatedly in order to acquire organizations around Australia, for example TAFE colleges, skill or proficiency” and interested people who wish to become a “Registered Quality is ‘high grade; superior excellence: goods of quality.” Alpaca Classer”. The published book will also contain the new Registration fleece sample card for identification of colour Assurance is “a positive declaration intended to give and the correct colour codes for bale branding. confidence” We are currently negotiating with TAFE at a national level to So we have “A system or collection of rules and regulations incorporate Alpaca Fleece Classing as a separate module into designed to be performed repeatedly in order to acquire existing Wool Classing courses. skills and proficiency and give confidence in high grade, A Register of qualified Alpaca Classers. excellent goods of quality” Many years ago the Australian Wool Industry realised this In order to ensure that classers are correctly implementing need and developed their code of practice. It is now in our the AAA COP it will be necessary to register and audit classers. interest to do likewise. Why do we need a Code of Practice for the Classing of Management of Registered Classers Alpaca? Discussions have taken place with the Australian Wool In recent years the alpaca industry has relied on private Exchange Ltd (AWEX) , who manage the wool industries companies/individuals to set standards which suited their classer register, to facilitate the registration of alpaca classers on behalf of the AAA. A Memorandum of Understanding own or their customers’ needs. (MOU) is now under discussion with AWEX to manage the As the size of the Australian alpaca clip increases, growers are “Registered Alpaca Classer Scheme” for the AAA. This will looking to achieve better returns from their alpaca. They require any person interested in registering as a classer to need to present a product that will be consistent in quality complete a training course in alpaca classing and apply to and have accurately defined descriptors to attract universal AWEX for registration once they have received their buyers. certificate from TAFE or similar training intuition. In order to achieve these results the product being offered Once accepted by AWEX classers will be issued with a stencil for sale, irrespective of from where in Australia it was and registration number and must comply with the produced, must be uniform in all aspects. This can only be conditions as set out by AWEX and class according to the AAA achieved by developing consistent standards, developing COP. There will be a registration fee which will need to be 8


renewed every three years. The registration and auditing a large wool broker) to receive butts (part bales) classed by a program will be owned and managed by AWEX. registered classer and assemble full lines/bales. It will be necessary for this classing house to employ registered We acknowledge that there are a number of people with preclassers and the branding on the bale/s will be that of the existing practical experience in classing alpaca. Some are Company’s registered alpaca classer. registered wool classers; others are self trained. It will be necessary for any person who wishes to register as a In no circumstances will a wool stencil be permitted to be qualified alpaca classer to complete some form of training. used on alpaca nor will an alpaca stencil be permitted to be This training may vary from a weekend refresher course to a used on wool. This is one of the conditions set down and far more intensive course, depending entirely on their level enforced by AWEX. of experience and/ or prior learning. Bale or Lot Testing There will be two types of registered classer, each with a Irrespective of whether classed fibre is being offered for sale different registered stencil: through the auction system or by private treaty it is strongly 1. Owner Classer; a person who can only class their own recommended that core testing is undertaken. fleece clip or fleeces grown on their property Whilst there are several registered testing laboratories in 2. Professional Classer; a person who will be registered to Australia for fleece testing, Australian Wool Testing Authority class all fleeces. Ltd (AWTA) is recognised and accredited by IWTO to core test and issue test certificates. In discussions with AWTA they Stencils will have a unique identification number and when have agreed to perform this testing for our industry and issue stamped on bales classed by the registered classers, will a certificate provided growers follow their strict testing indicate to buyers worldwide that the fleece contained in the protocol. The AWTA certificate has international recognition bale has been classed to the correct industry standards for and will enhance the selling opportunity. Australian alpaca. We trust that the outline of this project is informative. When There is provision within the system to cater for what we call all the facets are fully implemented, it will provide the “Lot Building” of quantities from growers that are insufficient Australian Alpaca Grower with QA Classed Fleeces with a to make full lines/bales. These smaller quantities may be competitive edge and achieve a greater return. assembled by a group of growers(Clusters) and classed by a professional classer and achieve the quality assurance For and on behalf of the Industry Development Panel (G grading. Redelman, C Holt, D Williams & G Dickson) Another procedure could be for a “Classing House” (normally Graeme Dickson - 21/2/2012

Attention Craftspeople

WHITEMAN PARK SHOW – 28TH /29TH APRIL, 2011 A gentle reminder to the creative ones amongst us It’s that time again, so........ Needles out, looms a-looming,wheels a-spinning, felt a-feeling, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SOMETHING READY TO ENTER INTO THE 2012 WHITEMAN SHOW CRAFT COMPETITION

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Reports - Albany Ag Show This has been our seventeenth year participating at the We tried a new concept this year with shredded paper. Apart Albany show and I am still pleased with the level of from the fact that the baled paper was moved out of the participation. goat shed and into the rain for 7 days it worked well. We ran out on the Saturday so will order an extra 2 bales for next This year we had officially, 182 animal nominations and 75 years show. I will also have to address the skip bin people to fleece nominations. This was later reduced to 168 animal have empty bins available on Saturday afternoon as they exhibits due to 15 animals being scratched. The increase in were overflowing with bedding and surplus paper blowing Suri fleeces and animals is also very pleasing. over the oval. This has been addressed with the Albany Ag Judge, Angela Preuss worked tirelessly on the Thursday Society and they DID NOT have an issue with this. We also before the show, judging fleeces ably stewarded by Judy endeavoured to ask most exhibitors what they thought of Little and Judy Smith. Fleeces were again displayed early on the paper and we only had two negative responses. So I judging day, so gave people time to compare fleece scores consider this a successful transition. Cost is minimal etc. Friday animal judging went very smoothly with all compared to straw. classes judged within time. As with every convenor, finance is a big part of the show. Our Saturday saw three of our local studs putting on a bbq last budget showed a projected deficit of $670 when in fact breakfast and would like to thank Kallarroo Park, Blue Lake with all accounts in and out we should show a deficit of $44, and Candy Up Creek for funding this event. Best of Colour so with this I am very pleased with this result. followed with six students from the Denmark Ag College We had a few procedural and accounting issues with the pitting their knowledge in the Junior Judging Competition Albany Ag Society receiving all revenue, be it, Nomination and we had one participant this year in the Junior Handlers fees, Trophy Sponsorship, Show Dinner bookings etc. This competition. has already been addressed and I have been assured they We have a very dedicated team of helpers (before and after are already looking at their procedures and will be rectified the show) as well as stewards and helpers over the course of before next year. the show. Thank you to all of them. I have sent out thank you letters to those that have donated I would like to thank all exhibitors for their exemplary items to our Trophy Night Auction, Judges present and Joe at conduct. It was a great friendly show. Motel Le Grande. We had sixty seven people attend the Show Trophy Author: Greg Smith – Convenor 2011 Albany Ag Show. Presentation Night and fun auction and would like to thank Ron Raynor and George Turner for a hilarious auction raising $815 towards the cost of the show. WA Alpaca of the year was also announced and they were : Suri - Lawithick Lady Tito Rose owned by Lawithick Alpacas Huacaya - Futura Humdinger owned by Futura Alpaca Stud

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Albany Agricultural Show Results 2011 HUACAYA Junior Female Champion Junior Female Reserve Champion

Futura Calamity Jane Kallaroo Park Dior

Futura Kallaroo Park

Futura Intimidator Bonny Farm Spartucus

Futura Bonny Farm

Goldleaf Vintage Showpiece Querida Park Kathy

Goldleaf Querida Park

Kallaroo Park Warrell ET Kallaroo Park Sylar ET

Kallaroo Park Kallaroo Park

Swan Valley Silken Delight Futura Panache

Swan Valley Futura

Adult Male Champion Adult Male Reserve Champion

Futura Humdinger Swan Valley Anacheeva

Futura Swan Valley

Senior Female Champion Senior Female Reserve Champion

Swan Valley Star Magic Swan Valley Silken Gold

Swan Valley Swan Valley

Swan Valley Stanzout Kallaroo Park Neo

Swan Valley Kallaroo Park

Mature Female Champion Mature Female Reserve Champion

Swan Valley Temptation Querida Park Izzabella

Swan Valley Querids Park

Mature Male Champion Mature Male Reserve Champion

The Gorge Donovan Halcyon Storm Cloud ET

Ellen Vale Syndicate Futura

The Gorge Donovan

Ellen Vale Syndicate

1 Rosedeane Sayonara 2 Banksia Park Khan ET 3 The Gorge Donovan

Futura Khan Syndicate Ellen Vale Syndicate

Junior Male Champion Junior Male Reserve Champion Intermediate Female Champion Intermediate Female Reserve Champion Intermediate Male Champion Intermediate Male Reserve Champion Adult Female Champion Adult Female Reserve Champion

Senior Male Champion Senior Male Reserve Champion

Supreme Champion Huacaya Sire's Progeny

Fleece - Huacaya Champion Fleece 6-12 months

Futura Dynasty

Futura

Champion Fleece 12-18 months

Faversham Lord Lucus

Faversham

Champion Fleece 18-30 months

Amphora Park Shimmering Opal Amphora Park

Champion Fleece 30-48 months

Amphora Park White Saturn

Amphora Park

Champion Fleece 48-60 months

Faversham Armani

Faversham Alpacas

Querida Park Donald

Querida Park

Champion Fleece 60+ months Supreme Champion Huacaya Fleece

Amphora Park Shimmering Opal Amphora Park

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Albany Agricultural Show Results 2011 Suri Junior Female Champion Junior Female Reserve Champion

Margamon Mona Lisa Margamon Mary

Margamon Margamon

Junior Male Champion Junior Male Reserve Champion

Bedrock Corona Springwood Park Theodore

Bedrock Springwood Park

Intermediate Female Champion Intermediate Female Reserve Champion

Lawithick Madam Butterfly Karri Heights Zsa Zsa

Lawithick Alpacas Karri Heights

Pitwillow Ajali Karri Heights Miska

Pitwillow Karri Heights

Adult Female Champion Adult Female Reserve Champion

Lawithick Lady Tito Rose Pitwillow Storm

Lawithick Pitwillow

Adult Male Champion Adult Male Reserve Champion

Karri Heights Ceasar CT Margamon Monarch

Karri Heights Margamon

Eversprings Sumatra Wesuri Rustic Miss

Eversprings Suri Stud Christan

Surilana Tito Man Lawithick Angelo

Lawithick Amphora Park

Lawithick Lady Tito Rose

Lawithick Alpacas

Intermediate Male Champion Intermediate Male Reserve Champion

Senior Female Champion Senior Female Reserve Champion Senior Male Champion Senior Male Reserve Champion Supreme Champion Suri Sire's Progeny

1 Surilana Tito Man 2 Surilana Tito Man 3 Wesuri Lucio

Lawithick Lawithick Pitwillow

Fleece - Suri Champion Fleece 6-18 months

Eversprings Saluki

Eversprings

Champion Fleece 18-30 months

Kalgan River Mitarka

Kalgan River

Margamon Monarquica

Margamon

Eversprings Saluki

Eversprings

Champion Fleece 30+ months Supreme Champion Suri Fleece

Full results from this show can be found at: wa.alpaca.asn.au

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Showing - A convenors perspective This article is long overdue as there have been omissions and mistakes that are fundamentally simple errors when nominations to shows occur. A convenors role is onerous in its own right and if this article reduces the need for the convenor to ring or email exhibitors to clarify omissions or mistakes then it is well worth writing.

trophy sponsorship. Established studs tend to sponsor shows year in and year out, for that we (convenors) are truly grateful, so if you have not been previously approached and would like to be a sponsor, please contact the show convenor. For those who have sponsored in the past, could I please ask you to help out the convenors by agreeing to continue with your sponsorship and pay when asked.

I have come up with a basic check list for exhibitors intending to nominate for a show. BRASS EAR TAG. Once again such a simple thing that can be a real problem. Make sure the right animal has been Before I proceed with the check list, I would like to make it nominated. Make sure the correct IAR tag is in the right clear, convenors, stewards and show helpers do this animal. Make sure the ear tag has been inspected prior to voluntarily so that shows continue to be a great calendar coming to a show so it is clean and that there is no puss, event and exhibitors should realise this and be understanding scabs or infection present. Make sure the animal does have of the pressures in organising such an event. an ear tag in its ear. NO TAG - NO SHOW. However, if you READ ALL FORMS. Take a few minutes to read your show have discovered an ear tag is missing from one of your show schedule when it arrives. This is generally the first sign of an animals, you will need to show proof to the Chief Steward impending show you get to see. Planning of the show that contact has been made to the AAA requesting a schedule takes months and many meetings, so for one reason replacement ear tag. or another, the wording in show schedules can differ from ANIMAL COLOUR. If your animal has changed colour, or your last year’s document. This document determines the show, animal is continually in the wrong colour class and you its rules, classes and date changes. acknowledge the registered colour is wrong, please change Please take particular note of the close of entry date. it! This entails a simple letter to AAA with your existing Leniency in the past can change and your late entry may Pedigree Certificate and a small cost. Please allow two to mean you miss out on going to a show by missing the close three weeks to get your new Pedigree Certificate back. off date. DO NOT LEAVE SENDING BACK YOUR NOMINATION ANIMAL NAME. A dilemma with the length of a stud animal AND SUNDRY FORMS UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE MOMENT. name occurs from time to time when trying to fit a long Convenors give you ample time to get your entries in, so animal name into the show catalogue. There is only so much there are no real excuses. The entry close off date is set so space. Please be mindful of studs with lengthy herd prefixes that this gives the show committee sufficient time to compile together with animal names of two or three words. This may the show catalogue. Cataloguing is a time consuming necessitate in abbreviation of the name or printed in a very exercise, and it certainly helps with a steady flow of entries small font, or both in the show catalogue. rather that 90 percent of the entries arriving within the last ARRIVAL AT SHOW GROUNDS. Please allow plenty of time to week. get to the show venue. Be organised, have a copy of your ENTRY FORMS. Make sure you have entered the right animal entry form with you so that the animal inspectors are not in the correct showing class with the right IAR details. This is held up. frequent problem. You can help by being methodical, AAA SHOW RULES. For new breeders to the industry it would knowing the correct date and age of the animal/fleece. Errors be a good idea to read/download the AAA Showing Rules for occur when you rush to get your entries in the last mail. the AAA Website. This covers all aspects of showing, Please pay the correct entry amount of your nominations etiquette and code of conduct. It could help established together any pledged sponsorship and show dinner monies. breeders to have a reread as well. Convenors try to make it easier these days by amalgamating FLEECE. Please read the show schedule for fleece drop off all costs in the one Remittance Form. Please pay this amount venues and last day to deliver fleeces. These drop off venues promptly. are not obliged to accept fleeces after the close off date. SPONSORSHIP. All shows are now finance driven, with Fleece boxes can be obtained from the WA Executive convenors mindful of achieving their budgeted amounts Committee. Plan ahead, and if your boxes have seen better previously submitted to the regional committee. The days, replace them with new boxes. But do not leave it to the lifeblood of all shows is sponsorship monies and especially 14


last minute. A lot of fleeces have been down graded by the judge because of their presentation. If you are unsure, please come along to the show preparation days and learn how to skirt your fleeces. SHOW DINNER. This is an integral part of any show and I strongly encourage every member to come along and support the show dinner. This gives the convenor time to acknowledge his/her organisers, the trophy winners, any pertinent information about the show, fund raising and the camaraderie that goes with the show. CONCLUSION. Please work with the show committees by reading and understanding the show schedule. Know the AAA showing rules. Send back your show nomination forms earlier rather than later. Please agree to be a show sponsor and pay the pledged amount with your nomination fees on time. Check your brass ear tags well before time. Be involved in the show dinner. Work with your show committee and above all else have a friendly and happy show Author: Greg Smith – Vice President WA Region, Albany Show Convenor

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Alpaca Junior Judging The 2011 Albany Show was the second year that we have finalists on our farm to hone their growing skills. involved Year 10 students from the Denmark Agricultural For those who watched the Junior Judging on the Saturday College in Junior Judging. morning of the show, I am sure all were impressed by their This was first instigated by us last year when one of the standard of presentation and their skill at selecting the college’s teachers , Mrs Trevelyn Smith showed some interest correct order of placing the four alpacas in the line up. in the project. Angela Preuss had prejudged the animals from first to fourth The initial aim was to stimulate the students knowledge and and she was very surprised when four of the students interest in alpacas as a viable part of today's farming selected their animals in the correct order .Even the other practices. two students got first and last in the right order and it was only the middle two animals that were not correct. Trevelyn has communicated with Jenny McAuliffe regards incorporating alpacas as part of the Year 10 curriculum and Angela had mentioned to all the students before they started this is now in place. not to over judge the animals, and I am sure they took this literally, as they all seemed to rush through the judging very This year Greg & I attended the college in September and quickly. spoke to a class of 30 students on alpacas with the focus on fleece quality and its end product. The students were very It was very rewarding to see they had all learned so much in a attentive and liked the hands on approach. relatively short space of time. The ultimate winner was William Tohl, whom Angela chose after questioning them on Following this lecture the students were split into two groups their reasoning. of fifteen students with one group at a time coming to our farm where the basics of selecting a “good” alpaca were This is proving to being a popular part of the Year 10 taught. All students were shown what aspects to look for , curriculum and we see this as a great way to expose “future from animal confirmation through to fleece characteristics, farmers” to the alpaca industry. and by the end of the morning were asked to select the best While the college, teachers and students are enthusiastic we from four alpacas. Quite a variation in terminology and will continue to run this annual event at the Albany Show answers, but all gave it a go. They were pretty raw but keen. Author: Judy Smith – Futura Alpaca Stud From the two groups, six students were selected to represent their college at the Albany Show in the competition as Junior Judge We then had another refresher session with the six

The six students and teachers handling and getting to know alpacas

Initial group of Year 10 students getting “hands on”

Junior Judge 2011 winner William Tohl With Angela Preuss

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Risks of feeding mouldy hay to livestock The Department of Agriculture and Food has received Animals being fed this material should be observed for signs widespread reports of rain-damaged hay contaminated with of ill health. black mould. “If producers are considering feeding mouldy hay to Department principal veterinary toxicologist Jeremy Allen livestock, it is worthwhile conducting a mould test to check said the fungi were likely to be ‘sooty moulds’ that reduced for fungal load and unsafe fungi. Additional tests for toxins the nutritional value and palatability of the hay but did not produced by fungi are available but are expensive and can be cause the hay to become toxic through the production of of limited value because of the uneven distribution of these mycotoxins. toxins throughout the hay. “There are also human health risks associated with baling and handling mouldy hay, “The department does not recommend feeding mouldy hay including respiratory infection from the dust. There is also a to livestock, however this year there is so much of it around fire risk associated with mouldy hay that is baled too soon. that livestock are likely to be exposed to it,” Dr Allen said. Anyone handling mouldy hay is reminded to wear protective “The key to minimising potential health issues for stock is to clothing and a dust mask.” ensure that damp hay is raked and dried effectively before baling.” Representative mouldy hay samples can be sent to the AGWEST Plant Laboratories in South Perth. He said animals should be able to eat the black mould affected hay safely, although dust from the mould will often Details are available by calling AGWEST Plant Laboratories on reduce its palatability. 08 9368 3721 “It is best not to feed this material to horses or pregnant or or emailing agwestplantlabs@agric.wa.gov.au. breeding livestock, and when provided to other livestock, it Media contacts: Dr Jeremy Allen, Principal Toxicologist 9368 should be as a supplement where there is some choice of 3466 Lisa Bertram/Jodie Thomson, media liaison 9368 feed,” Dr Allen said. 3937/3325 “If the fodder isn’t dried sufficiently before baling, other fungi or bacteria may grow that could make the animals sick.

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Stud Male Spotlight Banksia Park SKJ Hot Chilli

Suncloud Houdini

Solid White Huacaya

Solid White Huacaya

DoB: 19/12/2007

Sire: Banksia Park Kahn ET

DoB: 06/10/2005

Sire: Suncloud Talahasi

Dam: Banksia Park Princess Pepper

Dam: Suncloud Juanita

Mating Fee: $770 inc GST

Mating Fee: $770 inc GST

2010 micron results 18 Âľm full results available. Champion Adult Male Whiteman Park 2010, 1st place White Senior Male Whiteman Park 2011 & WA Colourbration 2011. Chilli has an exquisite fleece, displaying high frequency crimp and incredible fineness. His cria are impressive and available on farm for viewing

Last shearing 2010 micron results 22 Âľm full results available on request. Reserve Champion Mature Male Whiteman Park 2011. Houdini is a SRS recommended male with a large frame and sound conformation. His fleece characteristics display incredible length and softness. Supporting a deep bold crimp, he is sure to impress.

Contact: Treechange Alpacas PH - 08 9574 4144 Email - info@treechangealpacas.com.au

Contact: Treechange Alpacas PH - 08 9574 4144 Email - info@treechangealpacas.com.au

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Faversham Armani

Blaydon Stormcloud Rose Grey Huacaya

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Solid Light Fawn Huacaya

DoB: 19/02/2004

DoB: 18/11/2005

Sire: Windsong Valley Iceman

Sire: Purrembete El Dorado Dam: Willows Ro Cloud

Dam: Faversham Olivia

Mating Fee: On Request

Mating Fee: On Request

Only recently available at Goldleaf Alpacas, Stormcloud is a very upstanding male exhibiting a fleece with good style, a nice soft handle and excellent length. Both Stormcloud and his progeny have been awarded at numerous shows throughout the Eastern States. 2010 fleece midside (79 months) 22.2u, 4.8u SD, 21.5%CV

Armani demonstrates good follicular density of 54.2 per mm2, with small primary and secondary fibres and low SD. Champion Senior Male Whiteman Park 2009, Supreme Champion Junior Male Perth Royal 2007, Champion Junior Male Nationals 2007. Armani's fleece has seven Champion fleece awards, with two Supremes, all over five years.

Contact: Goldleaf Alpacas PH - 0408 403 910 Email - info@goldleafalpacas.com.au

Contact: Faversham Alpacas PH - 0417 925 840 Email - favpacas@bigpond.com

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For Sale Taylor’s Ninja Solid Black Suri Male

Taylor’s Yen Sin DoB: 05/06/2010

Light Fawn Suri Male

Sire: Serena Lodge Prince Accord

DoB: 26/07/2010

Sire: Jolimont Cassidy

Dam: Taylors Lottie

Dam: Taylor’s Katia

Cost: $1100

Cost: $2200

Taylor's Ninja was placed 2nd in the class - Junior Suri male all other colours at Whitman Park Show 2011. He has blue black lustrous pencils that start at his head and continue thru to his tail. Good conformation and personality.

Taylor's Yen Sin was placed 2nd in the class - Junior Suri male S/light fawn at Whitman Park Show 2011. 1st in the class - Intermediate Suri male S/ light fawn at Perth Royal Show 2011. Champion Intermediate Suri Male at Perth Royal Show 2011. He has a very rich fleece full of lustre and pencils from head to toe. Excellent conformation and very easy to handle.

Contact: Taylor’s Alpacas PH - 08 9571 2985 Email - taylorsalpacas@hotmail.com

Contact: Taylor’s Alpacas PH - 08 9571 2985 Email - taylorsalpacas@hotmail.com

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Taylor’s Seraphina Light Fawn Suri Female

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Poo Vac DoB: 10/03/2011

Cost: $1200

Sire: Hunter Xtreme Dam: Taylor’s Sprite Cost: $880 Taylor's Seraphina was placed 1st in the class - Junior Suri female S/white at Perth Royal Show 2011. She has a very rich silky fleece with fine pencils all over her body. Quiet and friendly in her nature, petite conformation and overall a very nice female.

Contact: Taylor’s Alpacas PH - 08 9571 2985 Email - taylorsalpacas@hotmail.com

Excellent condition, Motor has undergone complete overhaul.

Contact: Treechange Alpacas PH - 08 9574 4144 Email - info@treechangealpacas.com.au

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4 Shaft Loom

Cordillera Sir James

Cost: $300 ONO

Solid white male

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DoB: 13/01/98

Cost: Make an offer

Excellent temperament and good conformation. Can be viewed at Stirling Alpacas in High Wycombe

Good condition 4 shaft loom new heddle. Weaves well

Contact: Deborah Mulroney PH - 08 95746105

Contact: Stirling Alpacas PH - 0419 916 206

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Coccidiosis This information is designed to broaden your knowledge about potential problems that may occur in your herd. If the truth be known, almost all of your animals have been exposed to a coccidian at some stage in its life. Some still carry the little pest with them, but show no signs of any problems; this is a perfectly natural way to be and it presents no problems in the long term well being of the animal. It is when they start to have an effect on your animals that you should begin to assess the situation and determine a method of treatment. This is where you will find this article handy. Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease of the intestinal tract caused by microscopic one-celled organisms called Coccidia there are several species of coccidian, the one that affects ruminants is the Eimeria Species. Eimeria has a complex life cycle which involves development within the infected animal and in the outside environment. These organisms multiply rapidly in the intestinal tract of young and weak animals. The presence of large numbers of coccidia in young and weak animals is obvious as they suffer from diarrhoea, anaemia and general weakness, which can lead to death if not treated. The coccidian are ingested as the ruminants graze in areas that have been contaminated with faecal matter. Nearly all ruminants are exposed to coccidian at some stage in their lifetime and in many instances become carriers of the infection and do not show any signs of disease. Coccidiosis has a significant financial impact on livestock production as it causes poor weight gain and feed efficiency as well as increased susceptibility to other diseases. Another aspect of this disease is the affect that it has on cria with a condition known as ‘Failure To Thrive’ (FTT). FTT in cria leaves them stunted in their growth pattern, it also sees them unable to put on weight, it is as if the feed is only maintaining them and there is no nutrition left for them to use to develop into adulthood. This condition can also be seen in cria with dams that do not produce enough colostrum and/or milk for the cria to develop over time. This situation can occur when either the cria or the dam are suffering the effects of coccidiosis. It has also been suggested that coccidian oocysts have been carried from one animal location to another animal location via birds, this is, as of yet, unconfirmed however it is a concern if it is true. Lifecycle Coccidia eggs (oocysts) are ingested by the ruminant when they are grazing. When inside the gastrointestinal tract sporozoites are released and they enter the cells that line the intestine. The organisms that develop begin to divide and multiply producing more organisms that are released into the

intestinal lining. At some stage during this process there is the production of micro and macro gametes, which join and produce oocysts the eggs of the coccidian. These break out of the intestinal wall cells and pass out in the faeces of the infected animal. Each stage in this process causes physical damage to the cells of the intestinal wall, the body’s natural response to this damage is what causes the disease aspect of the infection. This initial stage is completed in 21 days. The potential for producing large numbers of oocysts from the ingestion of just one coccidian oocyst is enormous. Before they can undertake these changes in the body the oocysts must first undergo changes in the environment to activate them. Only under precise moisture, oxygen and temperature conditions can the oocyst reach the infective stage. This transformation can occur within 24-48 hours of expulsion from the body. Once they are at the infective stage they are viable in the environment for prolonged periods of time, commonly 2-3 months, however there has been evidence of viability for a year or more in perfect conditions. Coccidia survive best in moist, shaded areas. They are capable of surviving at freezing temperatures and are somewhat resistant to common detergents. Housing of animals in confined areas creates heat and moisture which are the perfect conditions for maturation and development of the oocyst to the infective stage. Infection There are three key factors that are linked with a coccidian infection in ruminants 1. 2. 3.

A severely contaminated environment Stress related decrease in the immune response to infection The ability of the coccidian species ingested to produce disease.

Outbreaks can occur in various grazing situations whether it be pasture or rangeland, it is most prevalent during dry years when large herds tend to congregate around areas of readily accessible water. This situation sees a marked increase in the contamination levels of soil and water. The biggest problems can be seen in young livestock and indicates that immunity can be developed over time and may play a significant role in the protection of older animals. Long -term exposure to a single species of coccidian can stimulate the development of immunity over time, however this immunity will only be species specific and an infection from another species of coccidian can cause a serious infection to

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occur. Stress factors that can cause a decreased immune Treatment response include, weaning, long distance transportation, There are various brands that can be used in the treatment of major dietary changes, major weather changes and coccidiosis. Anticoccidial medicines are the preferred method parturition. of treatment these medications are designed to reduce the Symptoms number of organisms in the system, thereby reducing the damage that they cause so the animals immune system is Coccidiosis can present in two ways either clinical or subable to make efforts to regain control of the situation, clinical. Sub-clinical can also be called a carrier. They have the thereby boosting their natural immunity to the coccidian. coccidian in their intestines but they are showing no signs of Animals with serious clinical symptoms are often prescribed infection at all, they still suffer from reduced feed intake and medication and treatments for use in conjunction with the poor growth performance. Approximately 95% of cases seen anticoccidial medication (eg fluids and antibiotics). in ruminant livestock are sub-clinical. It is important that if you are treating a young animal that has Clinical cases show obvious signs of disease: symptomatic coccidia, you must treat all the young ones that  Diarrhea, which may or may not contain blood have interacted with it, even if they do not show any signs of  Dehydration infection. If an older animal has tested positive for coccidian,  Weakness but shows no signs of infection, it is not necessary to treat  Depression them as they may already be immune to the disease and are  Anaemia simply carriers of the coccidian. Treatment will not change  Weight loss the status of these animals they will always be carriers.  Death Commonly used anticoccidial (coccidiostat) drugs include Occasionally coccidiosis can be nervous, characterised by  Trimethoprim sulphonamide combination these are two individual antibiotic drugs that have synergistic muscle tremors, staggering, convulsions and occasional properties when used together they have enhanced blindness. This form often occurs when the animals are organism killing properties. They also kill of many of the exposed to cold temperatures and have marginal nutrition. intestinal bacterial types that can infect an animal and Diagnosis

complicate the coccidiosis. They are also useful in that these drugs are able to infiltrate many tissues including the brain which many of the other drugs cannot do.  Furazolidone a nitrofuran drug which is another form of antibiotic drug, it can be used to treat coccidiosis on its own or in combination with other drugs.  Amprolium used to treat coccidiosis in dogs and cats as well as birds.  Toltrazuril Trade name Baycox (which many people are familiar with) also used to treat coccidia in piglets. There is also an injectable form available for animals who are not taking oral medications Other drugs include: Quinacrine, spiramycin, ponazuril and roxithromycin have been trialled in various animals with varying degrees of success.

The diagnosis is based on a series of details including the history of the animals affected, clinical signs and finally confirmation by finding oocysts in the faeces. The difficulty with the confirmation is that there are generally no oocysts in the faeces during part of the developmental stages, this means that you may take a sample and have nothing present then a few days later have many oocysts in the sample. The oocysts are diagnosed using a test called a faecal flotation test. This is basically the same test that is undertaken when looking for evidence of other intestinal parasites, like worms. You do however have to specify when you send your faecal sample to the vet or agricultural department that you would like to have it tested for coccidian, it is not a standard test as The use of antibiotics in animals that are affected with clinical coccidiosis varies. Animals that suffer a lot of damage and it is present in almost all faecal samples. inflammation to the lining of the intestinal tract are at risk of developing severe secondary infections from the bacteria Other diseases that have similar symptoms include present in the intestine and colon. In severe cases it can lead  Colibacillosis to bacterial infection of the blood and other organs which can result in septic shock and even death. Those animals that  Salmonellosis are very unwell, feverish, and have blood in their faeces are  Cryptosporidiosis prime candidates for a treatment that includes an antibiotic  Lamb dysentery component as these are the ones at greatest risk of  Helminthosis secondary infection. If the animal is bright and alert, it may not be necessary to include antibiotics in the treatment It has been found that coccidiosis and helminthosis program. commonly occur together and can be differentiated on the basis of the faecal oocyst or egg count from a faecal flotation This article is continued on page 24. test. 25


Craft - Alpaca Bag A bag for that special little girl in you life. For that special little boy in your life just choose yarn and fabric for lining in a “boys” colour and you have a “Mobile bag for little toys.” This bag was made with 8ply alpaca yarn and no. 4mm (old

Cast on 10 stitches

size 8) needles. Dimensions 20cmx18cm. Knitted in moss

and knit a strip for

stitch.

handle to length required for the child.

Cast on 41 stitches –

Fold in half lengthwise and stitch sides together.

All Rows: Knit one purl one.

Attach handle to sides of bag with 2 colourful large buttons.

Continue until work measures 36cm. Cut alpaca motive out of felt and glue to bag with craft glue then stitch with short stitches on outside and long stitches on inside. If you do not want to line the bag fold in half and stitch up sides of bag. If lining the bag, pick a pretty fabric and use completed knitted bag as a pattern plus add 1cm top and bottom for hem. Sew sides to fit interior of bag. Sew hat elastic into lining at centre top (to close the bag) Sew lining into bag at the top edge with small stitches. Sew colourful large button on centre front.

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Coccidiosis Continued Prevention First and foremost limiting the exposure of susceptible animals to coccidian oocysts is the obvious place to start. Reduction is achieved by feeding animals at feed troughs raised above the ground and providing as clean an environment as possible through routine waste removal. Pens and stalls should be exposed to sunlight (4-8 hours a day) and dryness (humidity less than 25%) this reduces the oocysts ability to reach the infectious stage. The use of preventative drugs at weaning, before parturition or long distance transport, during major changes in diets and throughout the intensive grazing of pastures, is recommended in severely infectious areas. Coccidiostats in drinking water or feed is common practice for controlling the disease in intensive production systems.

A natural method of preventing large scale coccidian burden in ruminant animals is by ensuring that there are adequate levels of copper in the diet. Annecdotal evidence has shown that once cattle breeders instigated proper feeding practices and ensured that the copper levels were correctly balanced there were no more clinical cases of coccidiosis. The same has been found with goat breeders also. The implementation of a coccidiosis prevention program should be a standard procedure in an effective disease management program in ruminants because coccidian oocysts are present almost everywhere. Author: Natasha James

Stress free showing for (alpacas) and breeders With Whiteman Park Autumn Show almost upon us, it At the end of the Show; sorry folks we can’t just run away… seemed appropriate that our first workshop for the year was lets clean our pens and then help the organizers. one designed to assist breeders get the most out of their There were many “light bulb” moments and lots of questions showing experience. generated through the demonstrations. I think most breedLocation; Keysbrook Hall; CHECK! ers, from the most experienced to the novice, took someFood; Yup; CHECK! thing new away with them that day. Weather: perfect (maybe a tad warm); CHECK! A big Thanks to the Pietraszek and Ravenhills for their supChris Pietraszek started the program with an overview of the port of this workshop and for all their efforts in making it a structure of alpaca fleece and the Show scoring system. This success. The presenters invested considerable time and was followed with a practical skirting demonstration where she covered topics like - What am I looking at? What is the effort into this workshop and their efforts are greatly apprejudge looking for? How is my fleece judged? How does the ciated by the participants and the Committee. scoring system work? Author: Jackie Simpkin-Brown Some time was allowed for members to practice their newly learned skills under Chris’ watchful (and very experienced) eye. (I do believe some members got carried away and were even skirting fleeces during their lunch break!) In part 2 of the program, conducted by Chris Ravenhill; ably assisted by Tara and a group of very, very cute youngsters!, members were taken, step by step, through a showing time line. This included; Thinking of going to a show? Why? Where? Who? What? Lots of tips and practical suggestions and a mock inspection session. Preparing your show team; Again, more great tips followed by a chance to practice our newly found knowledge. Organizing yourself; What do I need? What do I do on the day of the show? On the day of the Show; More great tips, particularly how to hold animals for a Judges inspection. Yes ……. there was just enough time to squeeze in a mock Show. 28


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For the Kids - Mrs Bingley and the Alpacas Once upon a time a little red hen lived in a Poultry Palace on little chicks. So the Farmer’s Wife bought two beautiful a small farm in Gidgegannup. She laid a beautiful, brown alpacas, one brown and one black. Mrs Bingley and Rusty egg every day. But she was lonely, so the Farmer and His and the little chicks were very pleased to meet the alpacas Wife bought five little chicks to keep her company.

and even helped them eat their dinner. The alpacas were

One afternoon when the Farmer and His Wife came home pleased to meet the chooks and the chicks and they all lived from working away, the Farmer was shocked to see that four happily together in the same paddock. At night the chooks of the little chicks were gone! In the Poultry Palace there and chicks would all roost in a pen. was Mrs Bingley (for that was her name) with just one chick One night the Farmer’s Wife heard a strange noise. It was - looking very frightened - and a hole under the fence. one of the alpacas, sounding the alarm! The Farmer’s Wife Something (probably a fox) had stolen the rest of the chicks! jumped out of bed, put on her dressing gown and ran out to The Farmer, His Wife, Mrs Bingley and the one remaining see what had happened. Shining her torch, she could see chick were very sad.

that something had upset the alpacas and they were looking

So the Farmer and His Wife decided they needed more little towards the chickens’ pen. It was a fox and it was running chicks. The little chicks grew and grew and there were a lot away. The alpacas had scared it away. of them, so the Farmer and His Wife introduced Mrs Bingley Mrs Bingley, Rusty and the little chicks were very grateful and the Big Chick (named Rusty) to them and they seemed that the alpacas had protected them from the fox. friendly; but Mrs B was worried and The Farmer and His Wife were also worried that a fox would steal these little chicks too.

(Footnote: The Farmer and His Wife still live on a small farm in Gidgegannup, but now with three dogs, eight alpacas, five

One day the Farmer’s Wife had a bright idea! She said if mother hens and eight growing chickens.) alpaca’s protect lambs from foxes, maybe they also protect Author: Sherryl Potts

LAWITHICK ALPACAS FOR SALE -

At reasonable prices

A limited number of quality females pregnant to Surilana Tito Man & Progeny of Surilana Tito Man Contact: Wendy Lawn - Lawithick Alpacas Email: matoma@bigpond.com

Ph: 97514005

Mobile: 0417188624

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Suri Sire Surilana Tito Man now standing at stud Sire: Surilana Accoyo El Cordoba Dam: Surilana Titos Girl Tito has proven himself over and over in the ring and for his fleece as have his progeny. Although he is white he has a tendency to throw colour where there is colour in the dams background. Contact Wendy Lawn - Lawithick Alpacas Email: matoma@bigpond.com

Ph: 97514005

Mobile: 0417188624

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Upcoming Events

Paca Platica VOLUME 15 - ISSUE 1 Summer 2012

30 - March - 2012 Quiz night at Mount Lawley Bowling Club

1 - April - 2012 AAA Ltd. WA Region Ordinary General Meeting and Quarantine workshop to be held at Wesuri Alpacas

28 & 29 - April - 2012 Whiteman Park Show

30 - April - 2012 Closing Date for Paca Platica Summer 2012

10 - June - 2012 AAA Ltd. WA Region Ordinary General Meeting and Pasture Management workshop to be held at Encantador Alpacas For the full calendar of events for the AAA Ltd. WA Region visit wa.alpaca.asn.au/events.html

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