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Newsletter of the AAA South Queensland and Northern NSW Region—Region of Many Colours

2015 the Australian Year of the Alpaca.

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2015 CALENDAR South Queensland & Northern NSW AAA Ltd Region Regional Calendar of Events 2015 REGIONAL MEETING—NATTAMERI ALPACAS - Contact: Bob Coxon 02 6645 9092

15th February 21st February

The Nutrition Workshop - Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre Contact Leanne Tunny Ph 07 5543 8988

8th March

The Wonderful World of Alpacas Workshop Nattameri Alpacas Contact: Bob Coxon 02 6645 9092

19th –21st March

Toowoomba Royal Show

26th March – 8th April

Royal Sydney Show (Judging Animal/Fleece Show & Display) Contact: Paul Haslin 02 48789429

22nd April

Maclean Agricultural Show (Regional Display) Contact: Bob Coxon 02 6645 9092

1st & 2nd May

Grafton Colourbration Show (Judging Animal/Fleece Show & Display) Contact: Colin Glasser (02) 66476454

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Contact: Convenor Marg Hassall

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Fleece: Pauline Glasser (02) 66476454

Contact: Bob Coxon 02 6645 9092

15 – 17 May

Ipswich Show (Regional Display) Contact: Lynn Kincade Ph 0421093574

16th - 17th May

Coffs Harbour Show (Regional Display) Contact: Bob Coxon 02 6645 9092

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REGIONAL MEETING – TBA QLD AREA

31 May 18th - 20th June

Primex Agricultural Industries Expo Casino Contact: Bob Coxon 02 6645 9092

27th June

Murwillumbah Alpaca Show Contact: Rosemary Eva 02 6677 7500

27th - 28th June

Mudgeeraba Agricultural Show (Display) Contact: TBA

12th July

The Wonderful World of Alpacas (MCLAREN VALE ALPACAS QLD) Leanne Tunny Ph 07 5543 8988 ANNUAL REGIONAL MEETING - LONGUEVILLE PARK Contact: Liz 02 6677 7500

19th July 2nd August

The Wonderful World of Alpacas (NATTAMERI ALPACAS) Bob Coxon 02 6645 9092

7th - 16th August

Royal Queensland Show ~ Ekka Judging Animal Contact: TBA Fleece: Pauline Glasser (02) 66476454

28th - 30th August

Gold Coast Show (Regional Display) Contact: Leanne Tunny Ph 0755438988 NATIONAL SHOW - SYDNEY SHOWGROUNDS

10th—13th September 26th—27th September

Nimbin Show (Regional Display) Contact: Bob Coxon 02 6645 9092

22nd —24th October

North Coast National Lismore Show - (Regional Display) Contact: Bob Coxon 026645 9092

21st November

Bangalow Show (Regional Display) Contact: Bob Coxon 02 6645 9092

22nd November

XMAS REGIONAL MEETING - McLaren Vale Alpaca Stud - Contact: Leanne Tunny Ph 0755438988

The Editor and South Queensland & Northern NSW Region Committee of the AAA accept no responsibility for the opinions expressed, information supplied or advertisements published. All submissions are subject to editing. Copyright : The material published in this magazine is subject to copyright and may not be published in part or whole without written permission of the author.

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Contents Articles

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Presidents Report

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Show Reports

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Fleece Liaison Officer

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Woodlawn Liaison

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Wonder Word

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Gardening Autumn Tips

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Recipe

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Australian Alpaca Week

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Herd Sires

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Rural Discovery Day

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Advertisers: Grandeverge Alpaca Supplies Julie Hockings Melleah Jane Hewitt Photography McLaren Vale Alpaca Stud Longueville Park Alpaca Stud Wahgungurry Alpaca Stud

Dear Members, Well, it has been a busy couple of months, I'm sure the cooler weather has been appreciated by all! The season certainly allows for those farm jobs to get underway without the heat. Promotion of our industry has been well supported by our region in the past month through show displays, shows and the Australian Alpaca Week. This edition is a pictorial of what our members have achieved. We continue to have new members each month which is attributed to the “get out their and talk alpaca to the community”. There certainly is a lot of interest from small farm owners. Often the question is asked what does the industry do for me? The Nutrition workshop is an example of our committee supporting members with information from the best in our industry. The new panels which were purchased recently saved many hours and cost to the region, as panels from neighbouring region were not needed to be transported and returned. The promotion of Australian alpaca merchandise is another example of extra funds being obtained to allow for all new members to receive a copy of the Primary Industry book farming alpacas. The promotion of alpacas at the Primex Agricultural display is now tradition with many repeat customers for the handmade scarves and beanies made by members for the regional displays. The AAW raffle is drawn at this venue, this raffle also generates a large amount of funding. Such work is carried out by a few volunteer members however, the overall benefits are to all members. Do not hesitate to contact members of our region if you need resources or support with your alpaca herd. Our next Meeting will be the Annual Regional Meeting, hosted by Rosemary and Liz at Longueville Park on the 19th July.

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From our President Leanne.. merchandise were extraordinary. I would suggest that if the Queensland region intend to participate in this event again next year, that our region contributes financially and encourages more members to become involved.

Presidents Report May 23rd 2015 Hello members, Since our last regional meeting in February, we have had a very busy three months; The AAA advised that they would be implementing a fleece education and training program. Their intention was to train a member from each region in fleece education with a view to them delivering similar training to other members back at the Regional level. After assessing submissions received from regions and individuals, Julie Hockings was chosen by the AAA to represent our region. Julie attended the Train the Trainer Workshop at Alpha Centauri Alpacas on 11th/12th April 2015. We welcome Julie Hockings to our regional committee as our Primary Fleece Liaison Officer and Nelly Le Comte as our Deputy Fleece Liaison Officer. Julie and Nelly will work together and discuss suitable dates and venues to present these workshops in coming months.

For many years, the Alpaca industry has been represented by members of our region at a two day ‘alpaca display’ at the Mudgeeraba Show – unfortunately this year we have declined the invitation to attend this event. Regular organizers of the Mudgeeraba show display will be attending the Murwillumbah Show (which falls on the same weekend) and our quest to find someone NEW to take over this role has been unsuccessful. 14 members of our region either participated in or held, open days during Australian Alpaca Week. Most reported that their open days were a huge success although the weather prior to the first weekend did result in a lack of visitors to some farms. The Grafton Show did go on – despite torrential rain the Friday before the show in both South Queensland and Northern NSW. Thank you to Colin & Pauline Glasser and Bob and Jackie Coxon and their wonderful team the Clarence Valley Alpaca Group for their ongoing support of this event. RNA Rural Discovery Day was held on Thursday April 21st at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane. A day where the ‘Country comes to the city’ – primary schools are invited to attend the showgrounds to find out where their food and fibre comes from. Judy Barlow brought her animals up from Cudgee for the display and Michelle Malt and Graeme Smith (Qld member) spent the day educating children about alpacas. Thank you to Graeme Smith for stepping in at the last moment as I was unable to attend. Our relationship with the Queensland region is pleasing – it is enjoyable that we can share resources (and members) between regions on an amicable level.

As a lead up to ‘Australian Alpaca Week’, the Queensland region invited us to attend their ‘Urban Alpaca event’ which was held in the Queen Street Mall on Tuesday April 28th. Our region had no financial input toward the event, however individual members did attend and paid the Queensland region a stall fee and commission on sales. Sales of ~ AUTUMN Edition 2015~

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A Focus Conference working party (driven by the Queensland region) is currently in place, the working party is looking at holding an ‘Alpaca Focus Conference’ on the long weekend in June 2016 at Caloundra at the Oaks Oasis Conference centre at Caloundra. If you would like to be part of the working committee, please contact me. A ‘Declaration of interest’ was sent out quite a few months ago in regard to the Gold Coast Show – it asked for an ‘indication’ of how many animals entries we would receive if we ran a halter show at the Gold Coast Show this year. Unfortunately the numbers were too low for us to continue with this event. The Gold Coast Show Society however would still like alpacas represented and has asked for an alpaca industry display for the three days. Members are invited to participate by bringing alpaca for the display and to sell alpaca merchandise. The ‘re-scheduled’ Nutrition Workshop hosted by Dr. Jane Vaughan was held on Saturday May 30th at Murwillumbah with 36 people attending. This workshop was extremely informative, I hope that everyone that attended found it both informative and entertaining.

TOOWOOMBA SHOW Toowoomba Show was held in March. The show was well supported from many members from our Region. This is the first show of the year, and the judges comments were quite important. Karen Caldwell and Dean Ford did a tremendous job over 4 days. The Fleece entry numbers were down on last year however, the quality was not! Congratulations to all our members who participated. Toowoomba is always a social informative affair. The following photos were sent in by Anne Bright (thanks Anne)

KEIRALIZE BUTCH-KASSIDY

Members are encouraged to promote the Introduction to Alpacas workshops to new animal owners and persons that may be interested in learning about alpacas. This year workshops are scheduled for: July 12th 2015 at McLaren Vale Alpacas – Tamborine and on August 2nd 2015 at Nattameri Alpacas – Goodwood Island NSW. We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude - Thank you to all the members that have participated in the promotion of the Australian Alpaca Industry over the last few months, the donation of your time, knowledge and resources is most appreciated!

Donna Crone first exhibit of the year.

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GRAFTON COLOURBRATION SHOW & DISPLAY

It was looking very wet on Friday afternoon after the Fleece Judging had finished!

The fleece display looked impressive thanks to Lehanne Robinson

Friday afternoon!

Gum Boots were the desired footwear for the day.

Murray, Casey, Poppie & Percy Challacombe .

A Big Thank You to all who made Grafton Colourbration a success considering the weather. Our Judge, Shane Carey commented during the Fleece Judging that he had never seen such heavy rain! Out of 105 animal entries 82 competed. A relaxed day with most staying in their gumboots. The inaugural Sue and Jeremy Challacombe perpetual trophy was won by Green Gully The Joker. Congratulations to Cathy and Noel from Green Gully Alpacas. The Trophy was presented by Murray Challacombe. The Best of Show Huacaya Fleece was won by Blu-Haven Lodge Alpacas—Congratulations to Sheryl and Geoff Simper. This is the second year in a row that Blu-Haven has won this award. The Best of Show Suri was won by Ambleside Alpaca Stud. Congratulations to all competitors. All results have been posted on the Regional Website. The Big Top for judging—Kept exhibitor's and animals dry, however al little difficult in the blue light for our Judge Shane.

Thank you to the Grafton Team— considering the weather conditions, a job well done! Colin Glasser—Convenor Green Gully The Joker

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MACLEAN / GRAFTON /COFFS HARBOUR SHOW DISPLAYS

DISPLAYS AT MACLEAN, GRAFTON AND COFFS HARBOUR AG SHOWS Apart from experiencing some extremely unfavourable weather conditions, particularly at Grafton, all three displays were very successful and generated a number of enquiries form visitors genuinely interested in our industry. Plenty of promotional material was handed out and, as always, the children loved the stickers and colouring – in brochures. In a financial sense product and raffle ticket sales were: PRODUCT

RAFFLE

Maclean

$423.00

$83.00

Grafton

$1296.00

$250.00

Coffs

$1097.00

$363.00

TOTAL

$2816.00

$696.00

Certainly great results with product sales continuing to increase which reflects the hard work and time & effort contributed by the volunteers involved. THANK YOU - A FANTASTIC TEAM EFFORT.

Looking ahead we have the annual Primex Exhibition at Casino NSW 18 – 20 June, Mudgeeraba Ag Show 27 – 28 June and the second running of the Murwillumbah Alpaca Show on 27 June. Once again, Rosemary Eva (convenor) and her team are working hard to ensure the outstanding success of this event.

Welcome to our New Members Since our last meeting ( Feb/15 ) the following new members have joined our region. WELCOME.

Berry Jones

Bellingen NSW

Kellie Smith

Logan Village QLD

Total membership now stands at 74 which is 2 less than May last year which is acceptable after allowing for natural attrition and transfers to other regions.

Do you need a farm sitter? Mary Hunt, a new member! Mary currently lives at Chillingham in NSW (near Murwillumbah), she is looking for a property at Glen Innes and has her animals agisted at Humming Hills. Mary is a 'farm sitter, she would like to let all members know that she is available to look after farms with alpacas, horses and goats (6 years of alpaca experience). To contact Mary phone mobile number; 0424 252 588, for more information and

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My wife Stacey and I became interested in alpacas back in 2012, so we attended an “Introduction to Alpacas” course at McLaren Vale Alpacas. We joined the AAA in January 2014 just before we purchased our starter herd of animals from a breeder in central NSW. Our alpacas co-exist with our bee hives and protect our flock of chickens. We have two properties, one in Queensland and the other in Northern NSW, we hope to move to NSW on a more permanent arrangement in the near future. After experiencing shearing, cria arrivals and matings, we are still getting to know all of their personalities, but are enjoying the ride. They are definitely creatures of habit, lovers of water, great stress relief and very intelligent. We now have eight Alpacas and expecting some new arrivals next year. Our next chapter involves processing fleeces and making quality products, for both home use and for sale. You can find us on the net at – www.jaskfarm.com.au. In November our Regional Committee put out an SOS for a role of Secretary to be filled, so put my hand up to assist. I have learned lots more about alpacas and have met a huge number of like-minded breeders. I think the importance of the association is paramount to the successful transition of alpaca farming into the future. There are great opportunities and experiences to be had.

Train the Trainer Course Regional Trainers For the delivery of Fleece Skirting, Sorting and Packaging Workshops The Fibre Market Development Reference Panel (FMDRP) recently conducted a Train the Trainer course, so that one or two representatives from each Region could be trained to deliver workshops, covering shearing preparation and fibre skirting, sorting and packaging, in accordance with the Shearing Shed and Pre-classing Code of Practice 2012. The course was conducted by Cameron Holt and David Williams, and was hosted by Andrew and Bronwyn Munn of Alpha Centauri Alpacas. The purpose of this initiative is to develop consistent fibre harvesting techniques that prepare fleece for classing, with the ultimate goal of achieving the best returns for the

grower, regardless of intended method of sale.

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I attended the course as the representative for our Region, and would like to briefly outline what was covered:

Shearing shed preparation including shed layout, workplace health and safety obligations and record keeping;

Shearing methods;

Fibre sorting - on the shearing board/table, and on the skirting table;

The skirting process - how to identify the parts of the fleece, off-sorts and contamination, and how they should be sorted;

Fleece handling packaging; and

Fleece sampling and testing.

conjunction with the Regional Trainers. I anticipate that the workshops will be held in August, September and October 2015, in various locations throughout the Region. If you would like to register your interest in attending a workshop, please send me an email with your name, location and proposed shearing dates. I will provide updates in the Alpaca Advocate as more information becomes available. Julie Hockings Fleece Liaison Officer/Regional

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The training package for these workshops is currently being developed by the FMDRP in

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The College experienced a dog attack some weeks ago and as a result lost two of their three alpacas. Many students had looked after these animals over the last ten years and they were naturally absolutely devastated by what had happened. A week or so after the event Roland Schwertner, Erwin Alpacas rang to see if we knew of anyone that may have an alpaca to donate to the College. Roland has a great relationship with the Agricultural teacher, Mick Merlino. We decided to give them, on behalf of our region, one of our older pregnant females and as a result Mick decided to purchase (with a grant from the parents and Friends Association) another two young females so they can commence a breeding program. Nattameri Sabine and Florence were delivered on Thursday 21st May and the donated one will be delivered early August after the cria is born. The students gave a very warm welcome to Sabine and Florence who behaved perfectly as they were lead around in front of the cameras. We also introduced Mick to the educational programs available for schools on AAA website and gave him a lot of promotional material. Students will study the animals as an introduction to agricultural production, including their feeding habits, nutrition, diseases, worm management and fleece quality. We will of course keep in touch with Mike and his students and hopefully they will complete quarterly updates for the Advocate. Media exposure was excellent with coverage on NBN TV News that night and an article appeared in the Northern Star newspaper the following day. All in all it was a very heart- warming experience for all concerned. BOB AND JACKIE COXON窶年ATTAMERI ALPACAS

Have you considered giving Alpaca Product for your special gift giving? It is easy to buy from our Regional Products online. GO TO : Our Regional Website ENTER Your Password follow instructions OR

Contact Bob Coxon on 02 66459092 nattameri@bigpond.com for more information

CHECK OUT VIDEOS ON OUR WEBSITE 30 second videos promoting alpacas.

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SHEARING

Shearers Bob Dunn

(02) 4930 3446

Chris Powers

Mob: 0438653782

Drew Shearman

(02) 49201507

Ted Winnell (Casino)

(02) 66625379

Bernie McInerney

Mob: 0429 668240

Dusty the Aussie Shearer

Mob: 0422 946697

Mob: 0427 343991

Mike Snow via Kelli Pfeiffer pfeiffer@austarnet.com.au Contacting fellow breeders in your Region for a recommendation is probably the best way to locate a shearer. Arrange well ahead of time as the shearers are booked out quickly. The AAA Website also has a list of shearers on the home page. qldnsw.alpaca.asn.au

Fibre Testing Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) Geelong office 03 5277 9842 Melbourne office 03 9371 2100 Australian Alpaca Fleece Testing (AAFT) (AWEX accredited) Paul Vallely, PO Box 246, Crookwell, NSW 2583 Phone/Fax: 02 4834 2132 International Fibre Centre, Gordon Institute of TAFE, Geelong Geelong 03 5227 2358 Howe, Watts & Co Mudgee 02 6373 3403 Micron Man Pty Ltd Email for more information microman@iinet.net.au New England Fibre Testing Service Walcha 02 6777 2122 Riverina Wool Testers Pty Ltd Wagga Wagga 02 6925 1407 Riverina Fleece Testing Services (RFTS) Wodonga 02 6026 0551 Southern Tablelands Fibre Testing (STFT) (AWEX Accredited) Kim Cartwright, Thalaba Downs, Laggan 2583 Phone/Fax: 02 4837 3210 Mobile: 0427 373 211 ~ AUTUMN Edition 2015~

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HERD SIRES

Sire Name

Colour

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Alpha Centauri Tahvo

Huacaya,

134917

Cobaki Creek Alpacas

$450.00

118157

Cobaki Creek Alpacas

$500.00

Encantador Alonzo (ET)

Stud

Stud Fee

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Huacaya, Light Fawn

Grand Flowerdale Traviator

Huacaya Medium Fawn

130107

Creekside Alpacas

$600.00

Erragolia Double Ice

Huacaya,

129715

Erragolia Alpacas

$ 400

72710

Erragolia Alpacas

$ 200.00

114843

Erragolia Alpacas

$ 300 .00

50527

Erragolia Alpacas Co Owned with Misty Mountain

$ 300 .00

Longueville Park

$660.00

Wilari Park Ballantyne

Solid White

Huacaya, Solid White

Erragolia Collaroy

Huacaya, Dark Fawn

Longueville Park Black Opal

Huacaya Black

Wyona

Huacaya Solid Black

115482

CENOTAPH Longueville Park

Huacaya Solid Black

86100

Longueville Park

$770.00

Huacaya Solid Black

140623

Longueville Park

$880.00

Huacaya Solid Black

149919

Longueville Park

$880.00

Huacaya Solid Black

159784

Longueville Park

$770.00

RHYLEY Longueville Park PEGASUS

Longueville Park PHOENIX

Longueville Park BRIGANTINE

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HERD SIRES Pacofino

Suri Solid Dark Fawn

125158

Silcron

$880.00

Alpacas

RITZVILLE

Balfour Haven NOBLE MONACH

Mangowood

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Huacaya Dark Fawn producing greys

125054

Misty Mountain Stud

$300

Huacaya

74257

McLaren Vale

$300

MARS

Dark Fawn

Alpacas

Arcady Auberon KALLAROO

Huacaya Grey

Kallaroo Alpacas

POA

Barkala

Solid White

91399

Nattameri Alpacas

$400.00

Huacaya

131214

Nattameri Alpacas

$400.00

GARCIA Anawol JACKAROO

Ninbella MATT

Dark Brown/ Black

Huacaya Medium Fawn

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Wahgungurry Alpacas

$400.00

MAKE YOUR OWN COMPOST You can put the fallen leaves to good use in your garden by composting them and returning their valuable nutrients to your soil. You can make compost with a combination of leaves, lawn clippings, alpaca manure, fruit and vegie scraps and water. It's important to keep it balanced so never add too much of one thing. Using a garden fork to turn your compost occasionally helps it to decompose.

MAKE YOUR OWN MULCH Now is an ideal time for mulching, which will improve your soil quality, keep it moist, stop it eroding, and stop weeds from growing. There are a number of different mulch options you can choose to suit different garden beds. Before you put down mulch, remove any weeds. Your mulch should be 5-10cms thick. Livestock Manure Comparison Nitrogen %

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FOR SALE Potential Stud Males Longueville Park Broad Ribbon Genetics

Genuine Enquiries please contact Liz or Rosemary on 66777500 or e-mail longuevillealpacas@westnet.com.au

FRIEND OR FOE? SNAKE VERSUS CANE TOAD Liz Coles, Longueville Park Alpaca Stud, Murwillumbah How many times do you hear it said that “The only good snake is a dead snake” or “ It wriggled under my shovel….” This photo shows a keelback snake (Tropidonophis mairii) also known as Freshwater snake, catching and eating a cane toad. This snake is common in the northern NSW and Queensland and frequents wet and dry bushlands and lowland creeks. They are active by day and night and feed mainly on frogs and lizards and one of the few animals able to consume young cane toads. This is a similar story with the red-bellied black but he is certainly a FOE to both man and alpaca. ~ AUTUMN Edition 2015~

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Weeds an everlasting problem! Like worms, Farmers keep under control, they never go away! Autumn is a prime time for weeds to raise their ugly heads and start causing problems. Most alpacas will Horse Nettle not eat poisonous weeds if there is plenty of feed on Deadly Nightshade the ground for them. However, they have been know to accidentally eat weeds when grazing on grasses nearby. Some weeds are so deadly it only takes a leaf to kill an alpaca like Oleander and other weeds build up poison in the body over years like Deadly Nightshade, fire weed and balloon cotton (wild cotton) However, when we have wet weather followed quickly by warm / sunny conditions ...... this is when the weeds start coming up. What can you do about the weeds?  Walk paddocks after this type of weather pattern and hand pull out any weeds. When removing weeds, be careful not to allow seeds to drop. Carry large plastic bags, pull weeds including the roots, place in bag and then let them die in the bag in the sun, before you put into the bin - therefore not allowing weed spread thereafter. Do not burn weeds as sometimes this can cause the seeds to be spread and then germinated after another source of rain.  If you have a large weed problem, herbicide and then slash 14 days later. Some weeds are poisonous after they are dead - so you may need to remove them before slashing.  Regular slashing, leaving leaf litter on the ground to help stop the regrowth of weeds.  When not enough feed on the ground make sure that you are supplementary feeding your livestock morning/night and offering good quality hay at all times. What type of weeds affect alpacas?  Anything that a horse can't eat, an alpaca can't eat too.  Some of the nastier weeds include: Blackberry Nightshade, Mother of Millions, Balloon Cotton, Rattlepod, Verbena, Ground Cherry, Rubber Vine, Cape Tulips, Pheasant's Eye.  Some common garden plants that end up in paddocks from seed spread by birds that are very poisonous include: Oleander, Foxglove, Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Daphne.  Some vegetables that pop up in paddocks that are also poisonous include: Potato and tomato plants and leaves. Don't think that you are free of weeds in your paddock ever - as birds are the main source of these arriving on your property. Birds eat the plants, fruits and seeds of weeds and then deposit them on your farm as they travel it or fly over in their dung. Some weeds are just a nuisance such as tobacco bush, Parramatta grass, For a full list of poisonous plants known to be harmful to alpacas see: www.alpaca.asn.au/docs/about/husbandry/ poison_plants.pdf Weeds have also been known to crop up in feed supplies, such as chaffs and hays. Therefore it is extremely important that you purchase prime feed that is guaranteed to be weed free.

WEEDS are an ongoing problem for the farmer - so be vigilant Balloon Cotton

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HANDICRAFT

1. Hacking Knot 1. Fold scarf in half widthways - one end of the scarf will now be folded, the other will be where the two ends of the scarf meet. Drape scarf around your neck. 2. Insert the open end of the scarf through the loop made by the folded end. Pull tails through and position loop comfortably at your neck. Wear to the side or in the centre.

Looks best with a fitted tee. 2. The Ascot 1. Drape scarf around neck and flip one length over the other into a knot. 2. Fan out the top portion at the base of the knot so it looks puffy. Tuck ends away to show only the puffed part.

Looks best with a blouse and knit vest or long cardigan.

3. Faux bow 1. Drape scarf around your neck and tie a single loose knot under your chin. 2. Fold both tails back and wrap them around your neck, then back over your shoulders to the front again. Insert one end through the knot (toward the opposite shoulder) and leave to hang. Repeat with the other side. Tighten comfortably.

Looks best with a tailored jacket.

4. The stole 1. Drape a long scarf around your neck, even at each side, then smooth to flatten. 2. Fasten a belt around your waist, on top of the scarf. Draw the two lengths together at your waist, then flair out over your hips, or keep the two tails parallel.

Looks best over a trench coat. http://www.homelife.com.au/recipe/fold+a+scarf+four+ways,3734

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SOUTH QUEENSLAND AND NORTHERN NSW AAA Ltd REGION

TRAINING COURSE INTRODUCTION TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ALPACAS This course is suitable for people who are considering entering the wonderful world of alpacas as well as the new breeder.

This full day workshop will provide you

FREE advertisement in the next Alpaca Advocate ! First member who emails cpg4764@bigpond.net.au explaining what the above photo is all about.

with all you need to know when starting out on this adventure.

The presenters include breeders with many years of experience in management of Alpacas.

When: 2ND AUGUST 2015 Where: NATTAMERI ALPACA STUD GOODWOOD ISLAND NSW

Want more information? Carding Alpaca !

Contact Bob Coxon nattameri@bigpond.com or phone 02 66459092

Our Facebook Page Our likes continue to grow; up from 95 in February to 117 now. Our Alpaca Week Promotion has certainly assisted with the growth in the likes. https://www.facebook.com/qldnsw.alpaca Alpaca at 2015 Sydney Royal

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Australian Alpaca Week

Hi, 100 people each day, I have a horse throat. Great weather, people stayed and eat, drank tea/coffee. Greg and Shane cooked alpaca to try, a few possible sales in the future I think. Plenty of kids sat on my girls and lead trained the show 6 month males. Big advert in local paper, some photos attached. Hope your day was a success as well. Regards Judy

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Australian Alpaca Week

Roland Schwertner celebrating Australian Alpaca Week in Ballina. Roland's sister made Alpaca shaped Biscuits for visitors to the ERWIN ALPACA STUD

Sunday May 10th was a beautiful day in comparison to last year when the weather was atrocious. Our opening time was advertised as 10 am and we had two groups already there and anxious to learn about alpacas. Our closing time was 4pm and at no time were we without visitors. There was real interest in alpacas... breeding, fleece and good company. Our guests were introduced to our herd and our new cria, Elizabeth, was a big hit. Open day seems to bring people together and our neighbours, Christine and Stuart volunteered to help with the guests who enjoyed refreshments (Including Margot’s Anzac biscuits) and a visit to out waterfall and swimming hole. The day was a very worthwhile experience. Photographic memories are Elizabeth, Nina with Mr.Pip - David and Margot

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Australian Alpaca Week

6 Studs Celebrated Creekside Jatz Jask McLaren Vale Stanmore Park

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Bob Coxon and Pauline Glasser celebrate AAW

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Australian Alpaca Week

AUSTRALIAN ALPACA WEEK (AAW) 2 -10 MAY 2015 A total of 14 studs registered to participate in AAW 2015 with another two helping out at various events during the week. Also, some of our members participated in the highly successful “Random Act of Urban Alpaca� in Queen St Mall which was hosted by QLD Region. Once again AAW in our region was extremely successful with excellent numbers attending most events. The standouts were Jatz Pacas and team, estimated 500, Wahgungurry/Nattameri 304 (counted) and Kallaroo over 200. A considerable amount of free advertising via NBN TV, ABC Radio and local newspapers was achieved mainly due to the efforts of some members who took the initiative and used their creative skills to promote their events. Also, your committee spent $1300.00 on local newspaper advertising to help promote the event and to support the national advertising campaign. Very worthy of special mention is Roland Schwertner, Erwin Stud. Roland, the week before AAW took two alpacas for a walk down the main street of Ballina. This initiative resulted in an editorial in the local paper, a spot on NBN TV news and an interview on the ABC morning Rural Report. Well done Roland. Many thanks to all members who took part in AAW 2015, our Webmaster Stephen Rowley for the great work in setting up our dedicated website and I look forward to more members joining in next year.

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RNA RURAL DISCOVERYDAY The day was extremely successful. A number of media groups were at the event, & we were approached to film a segment for "Totally Wild" (Channel 10), as well as filming by Channel 7 news & QUT Media (Bris 31). Groups were invited to feel raw fleece, carded fleece & yarn, as well as a range of product made from Huacaya and Suri fibre. Each group were provided with a resource kit to assist in further education of the students, which included the Primary School Education resource package & the regional members listing. A huge thanks to Judy who arrived very early, provided animals & set up a great display, with informative banners, spinning wheel & fibre samples. The children were well behaved (although they clearly became tired as the day went on!) & in many cases the adults were just as captivated. As an aside, if I'm available, I'll certainly participate in this event again. Michelle Malt

PROMOTING OUR ALPACA INDUSTRY

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UPDATE FROM BOARD MEMBER, JEFF WILLIS During 2014 the AAA board established and set up a number of investigations into the various sections of our membership and the functions required to service these groups. To assist the board the Constitution allows for the formation of ‘Working Parties’ from within our membership to investigate a particular issue and report back to the board on its findings with recommendations. Also the board may call for industry experts to form a ’Reference Panel’ to provide ongoing advise to the board on specific areas of interest to our membership. The findings of both the Working Parties’ and Reference Panels are taken back to the AAA board for deliberation, and approval or not. The responsibility of steering either of these reference groups and bringing their findings to the board, fall to the Director in charge of the portfolio related to the business in hand. As a Director on the AAA board, my particular areas of responsibility are: Membership Services, National Youth Development, Training & Education. Within this area of responsibility the AAA board has set up a ‘Youth Advisory Reference Panel’ a ‘Fibre Market Development Panel’ and a ‘Membership Services Working Party’. Progress so far from Youth Development has seen a ’Working with Children’ policy formulated and put in place across all states, the development and approval of the Paraders Handbook, and an International Paraders judge brought to Australia for training workshops. In Fibre Market Development a classing Code of Practice has been developed, an AWEX stencil has been approved an accepted by the Australian Wool industry and significant training has been done by certified wool classers to allow them to also class Alpaca to provide ‘quality assurance’ on the Australian and International wool auction floor. Since Christmas a Membership Services working party has been established. This group of members come from all types of membership, all states and from a range of herd sizes both Huacaya and Suri. This group has been charged with reshaping the membership benefits of our organization for all sections of our membership. The first meeting of this group has been one of both enthusiasm and genuine concern to grow our industry into a vibrant agribusiness and breed society. Many aspects of our business is now under the microscope and opportunity for input/suggestions will be welcomed from the membership at large during this course of reassessment. All of this new direction has come about after a Strategic Plan was formulated and approved during the last financial year. This is now up on the AAA website and whilst the time table for the implementation will need to flexible it now is now a clear direction for all our energies. Regards, ... Jeff Willis .. (AAA Director)

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NORCO PRIMEX EXHIBITION CASINO NSW 18, 19 & 20 JUNE 2015 After running Primex for the past 30 years Exhibition Marketing decided to move on and the event will now be operated by Rural Press Events (RPE), a division of Fairfax Agricultural Media. RPE own and operate a number of similar events including Australia’s largest, Commonwealth Bank Ag Quip in Gunnedah NSW and Queensland’s largest, CRT Farm Fest in Toowoomba. Our region will be represented again in 2015 with our usual display of alpacas, fleece and products for sale as well as raffle tickets and plenty of promotional material will be available. To support the AAA current advertising campaign our theme for the event will be “Australian Alpaca – Our Smart Future”. Some members have already put their hand up to assist but a few more volunteers are required to help man the display over the three days. So if you are interested please let me know nattameri@bigpond.com as soon as possible so the roster can be finalised.

AAW/PRIMEX RAFFLE To date approximately $1600.00 has been raised against a target of $2500.00 so we need to get a wriggle on. Tickets can be purchased at the Nutrition Workshop 30 May and the Regional Meeting 31 May. Also, if you would like to help out by selling a few tickets please let

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INGREDIENTS

METHOD 1. Heat oil in a large saucepan on high. Saute

2 tbsp olive oil

1 leek, trimmed, washed, thinly sliced

leek, carrot, celery and turnip for 4-5 minutes until leek is tender.

2. Add stock, water and soup mix. Bring to boil. 

2 carrots, finely chopped

2 celery stalks, trimmed, sliced

1 small turnip, peeled, chopped

1 L chicken stock

2 cups water

1/3 cup soup mix, rinsed

300 g can corn kernels, drained

100 g green beans, trimmed, chopped

1 zucchini, chopped

2 tbsp chopped parsley

croutons, to serve

Simmer, covered for 35 minutes.

3. Stir in corn, beans and zucchini. Season to taste. Simmer, uncovered, for a further 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir parsley through soup. Serve topped with croutons.

Tips Use a finely chopped onion if you don't have a leek. Make croutons by toasting crustless bread and cutting into cubes. Alternatively, fry cubes of bread in a little oil or butter until golden.

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On the side of the road in Tasmania

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Alpaca Advocate 2015 Autumn  

The Newsletter of the South Queensland & Northern NSW Region on the Australian Alpaca Association Ltd.

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