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Newsletter of the AAA South Queensland and Northern NSW Region – Region of Many Colors

2017 WINTER Edition The Advocate – WINTER Edition 2017

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Articles

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Calendar

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Presidents report

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Show reports

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Primex Report

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Birthing

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Shearers

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ealpaca

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Herd sires

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In the Kitchen

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EDITOR’S REPORT Hello members, Exciting times ahead with the new ealpaca software being launched in August. Check out the basics on page 27. Thank you to the magazine Team. Many hands make light work! Good luck to all of our members that will be participating in this year’s show season. The Spectacular is coming up 24-27 August at Bendigo. A special event on the Alpaca Calendar if you can attend it is a great way to talk alpaca which is only half the fun, the best bit is catching up with all the other breeders and having a wonderful social outing.

ADVERTISERS • • • •

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Ambleside Alpacas Alpaca Yarn On-line Grandeverge Supplies Meleah Jane Mewett Photography Julie Hockings Wahgungurry Alpacas

Front Cover Bob and Jackie Coxon on Display!

To own an Alpaca = Happy Life

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 Copyright : The material published in this magazine is subject to copyright and may not be published in part or whole without written permission of the author.

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2017 / 2018 Regional Committee PRESIDENT:

M: 0419 986 554

Pauline Glasser cpg4764@bigpond.net.au

VICE PRESIDENT:

M: 0407 748 477

Leanne Tunny info@mclarenvalealpacas.com.au

SECRETARY:

M: 0435 760 815

Jan Krzewina jask@aanet.com.au

TREASURER:

M: 0428 303 821

Ann Bright ann_jeff82@bigpond.com

PORTFOLIO LEADERS MARKETING & PROMOTION:

Michelle Malt

M: 0407 748 477

michelle@bigskyalpacas.com.au) MERCHANDISE LEADER:

Lorraine Binskin

M: 0402 943 763

lbinskin@gmail.com MERCHANDISE STATE OFFICER - QLD:

M: 0419 685 334

Donna Crone doona_c@hotmail.com

NEWSLETTER EDITOR :

M: 0407 748 477

Leanne Tunny info@mclarenvalealpacas.com.au

WEBMASTER:

P: 07 5546 3971

Steve Rowley steve@erragolia.com.au

FLEECE LIAISON OFFICER:

P: 0428 661 114

Julie Hockings alpacagear@activ8.net.au

FLEECE LIAISON ASSISTANT:

P: 02 66847199

Nelly Le Comte nellylecomye@icloud.com

HEALTH & WELFARE & BIO SECURITY:

These portfolios are filled by members as needed.

TRAINING & EDUCATION:

EQUIPMENT :

M: 0419 986 554

NSW – WAHGUNGURRY ALPACA STUD STH QLD – MCLAREN VALE ALPACA STUD

M: 0407 748 477

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Presidents Report My report is full of thank you statements, as that is a natural part of our Region as we have so many members who are prepared to help each other. I feel this is a major factor when I review the past year. 2017 Regional Achievements • • • • • • • • • • • • •

New Members Introduction of a Regional meeting at Wallangarra – allowing members to attend who normally would be hindered by travel. High % of our membership voting on Boundary Change and AAA Constitution changes. Successful Shows at Grafton and Murwillumbah. Displays, AAW & Primex promotions supported by members. Fleece Training – ongoing fleece preparation information and workshops. Addition to our Regional Assets a panel trailer. Regional Newsletter, Breeders Directory and Regional Calendar – updated regularly. 4 Introduction to alpaca workshops The Regional Fleece Team (Lehanne Robinson, Di Smart, Bruce Robinson, Pauline Glasser) supported QLD Regions Toowoomba and Ekka Royal Shows. 5 Regional meetings ( A Special meeting called in April re boundary change) Members of Showing and Judging Committee – Pauline Glasser & Michelle Malt Trainers in the ealpaca software –Geoff McGahey & Pauline Glasser

Thank you for the support and commitment of the Committee members. The support of myself and other members has been short of amazing. Each committee member has worked for the region and expanding the knowledge of the Australian Alpaca Association and promotion of alpaca knowledge in the community in their own way through their portfolios. A huge thank you to Bob Coxon for his commitment over the years towards promotion of the Alpaca industry and merchandise sales. Bob is not renewing his role on the committee next yr, although I am sure he will be a support to members behind the scene. Bob with his lovely wife Jackie have travelled, talked and worked tirelessly for our Region. It is often said “ the community now call Alpacas at displays Alpacas not Lama!” This is very much due to Bob’s advertising and “Pop Up” displays across our Region. The Australian Alpaca Weeks and our Regions Alpaca Awareness Week ,Introduction to the wonderful world of Alpaca workshops guided by Bob have made our Region and its members one of the highest supporters of this Alpaca Promotion. Sponsorship for regional events and the work on Primex, our Alpaca Awareness week raffle (our major fund raiser) doesn’t just happen! Again Bob works tirelessly (with Jackie behind the scenes) to source Australian Alpaca product and organise the Regional product for sales. Congratulations Bob, a job well done! We all wish you and Jackie a well-deserved rest and more time to follow that bucket list and time with your lovely family. Fleece Workshops have been well received by members, Julie Hocking and Nelly Le Comte have this portfolio. Julie has a wealth of knowledge to share with members, look out for more workshops before shearing. Financially we are in a sound place, thanks to our Treasurer Ann Bright who quietly manages our funds, each portfolio have achieved their forecast budgets and Shows have all run at a profit, thank you Convenors and their teams. Our Newsletter online and in paper format continues to be a regular publication to members. Thanks to Leanne Tunny and her helpers. Social Media is everywhere! Steve Rowley has been The Advocate – WINTER Edition 2017

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our mentor and administrator of our Web page and Face book and updates of membership. Steve is a valued member of the committee, the committee members appreciate his past experience and wealth of knowledge. I encourage members to add photos etc to share across this media to promote our Region. Our Secretary Jan Krzewina is one of our biggest assets – A Committee does not work effectively without an efficient Secretary - Thank you Jan for keeping us on track. Donna Crone has been a committee member who can be called upon for support, thanks Donna for those last minute jobs that needed to be done. The images attached say it all about our Region of many colours! Please “jump on board” put your hand up, if you would like to have fun with Alpacas, volunteering is a rewarding experience especially if you add an Alpaca or two! Thank you all for making our Region one that other Regions are watching with interest. Kind Regards

AUSTRALIAN ALPACA ASSOCIATION LTD.

ABN: 30 067 146 481 ACN: 067 146 481

W: http://alpaca.asn.au

Unit 2, 613 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham, Victoria 3132 Australia

E: alpacas@alpaca.asn.au P: +61 3 9873 7700 F: +61 3 9873 7711

PO Box 1076 Mitcham North, Victoria 3132 Australia

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Regional Displays and Shows Members you may or may not be aware of what is involved in running a Display or Show for the Region. It takes quite a bit of organising and many volunteer working hours from those who assist. As with many organisations it is a struggle at times to find help and for the most part always ends up with the “same people” doing all the work ! So, please think about putting your hand up and helping out.

Relaxing in Murwillumbah Sunshine Darryl Binskin, Di Smart, Margo Vincent

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PRIMEX PRIMARY INDUSRTY EXHIBITION, CASINO NSW JUNE 15 -17 Responsibility for Primex 2017 reverted back to the Wright family – Exhibition Marketing after the event was run by Rural Press Events in 2015 and 2016. Unfortunately, a considerable amount of rain fell at the location during the week leading up to and over the three days – a typical weather pattern for Primex. As a result roads and most grassed areas were holding considerable moisture so gumboots were the desired footwear. A walk around the grounds revealed that a number of exhibitors decided, because of the poor weather, not to participate which was most disappointing for all concerned and of course patron numbers were down also. However, our loyal volunteers braved the elements to promote all things alpaca. A big thank you to David & Margot Vincent, Col & Pauline Glasser, Lorraine & Daryl Binskin, Bruce & Lehanne Robinson, Michelle Malt, Roland Schwertner, Di Smart and Jackie Coxon. Even allowing for the weather and the downturn in patrons we still managed to handout plenty of promotional material and 12 requests for additional information were completed. Most of these enquirers showed an interest in our Introduction Workshop planned for 13 August. A huge positive was the number of raffle tickets sold ie $764 compared to $462 last year. Well done everyone. The raffle has been run and won and prize winners are detailed on the region’s website Merchandise sales of $859 were way down on 2016 result of $1372.However, on a very pleasing note, 2017 sales generated a net profit of $539 or almost 160%, due largely to the high volume of handmade items sold compared to low profit commercially made items. A fantastic result and thanks ladies for your huge knitting/crocheting contribution to this achievement. Bob Coxon

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A joint open day was held at Jatz Pacas at Thornlands in Queensland. A variety of regional members were represented and assisted on the day. Once again it was a huge success with approximately 300 visitors.

Treasurer - Ann Bright’s little daughter “Hope” modelling her new alpaca hat!! Too cute….

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TOOWOOMBA SHOW – APRIL 1ST 2017

Photos taken and supplied Melleah-Jane Mewett Photography

Cathy & Noel Reid -Green Gully & Barry Hambrook - Hilldale Park

Jill Willis Sunline

Michelle Malt- Big Sky

Anne & Barry Hambrook Hilldale ParkCeltic Pride

Julie Hocking –Ring Steward

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An Interesting Case – Longueville Park Minkara By Liz Coles, Longueville Park, Palmvale PROFILE Every now and then we are fortunate to breed an animal that has everything a true black breeder is looking for – great genetics, excellent conformation, fleece statistics with a micron of 19.0u, SD 3.0, CF 99.8%, a gentle temperament and impressive show results. This was Minkara, five months pregnant and the future of Longueville Park’s breeding program. HISTORY It was 7.30 on a Saturday morning as the animals were being fed and moved to their day paddock when Minkara was found lying on her side, rolling and in obvious distress. Gently moved her to the house paddock, checked her thoroughly. Temperature 38 HR 78 and some abdominal tenderness. At 9.00am she was given a pain killer Flumav 1.0ml (Veterinary approval) and after 30 minutes she was alert, up grazing, drinking and had passed urine and pellets. 5.30pm she was down again and in pain – the Flumav injection was repeated but with minimal response. 6.00pm Taken in to the Vets where an ultrasound was taken with no obvious problems, FEC was negative and she remained alert. An intravenous injection of Buscapan (muscle relaxant) was given and she was brought home and confined in a small paddock with a friend for company. The ulcer regime was commenced comprising 2 Carafate tablets and 1 Losec tablet crushed and diluted in 20 mls of water and given orally twice a day. She was also commenced on intramuscular antibiotics.

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The following day (Sunday) she was miserable, did not eat or drink and there was no output. In an attempt to hydrate her and stimulate her gut she given 200mls “Lectade” orally every 2 hours. Her pain levels appeared to be slightly less than the previous day so no further analgesia was given. Monday her condition was deteriorating and she was taken to Tamborine Mountain Veterinary Surgery for urgent assessment. Whilst her overall appearance did not indicate the severity of her illness her temperature was now 34 which in hindsight is indicative of the beginning of organ failure. An ultrasound was inconclusive so under sedation abdominal x-rays were taken which revealed a very small perfectly round foreign body about the size of a 5 cent piece which was moving through the bowel. This object did not account for the degree of pain she was experiencing. Blood was taken and sent to a specialised laboratory for accurate assessment for camelid blood profiles but a report was not anticipated for 12 -24 hours. In an attempt to get her bowels working she was given 180 mls Tympanyl (a paraffin based laxative) with 200mls “Lectade” via a stomach tube. OUTCOME After a 2 hour drive home Minkara was again confined with her “mate” but now was in severe pain, rolling, groaning and arching her neck – she died at 8.30pm. This girl was unwell for 50 hours and again demonstrates the stoicism they show in the face of a life threatening incident. In compliance with the Q Alpaca protocol a post mortem was performed which revealed severe pancreatitis which certainly accounted for her severe intractable pain. The blood results from the previous day indicated a slight degree of infection but as a specific test for pancreatic disease was not indicated at the time there was no laboratory profile. The foreign body was not located. Notwithstanding, this alpaca could not have been saved as pancreatitis in any mammal is difficult to treat and the outcome is usually fatal. THE PANCREAS The alpaca pancreas is approximately 15-20cms long and 3-6cms wide and according to Murray E. Fowler ‘Medicine and Surgery of South American Camelids’ page 355, “There have been no reports in the literature of pancreatitis in camelids”! This photo of Minkara’s pancreas shows that one end has much more normal looking tissue and the other end is necrotic and inflammed. Missing is the very reactive, inflammed fat that surrounded the organ in situ

LESSONS LEARNT The benefit of performing a post mortem again reinforces the value of confirming the cause of death and we know that no matter what intervention was undertaken the outcome would be the same. We can all learn from this.

Acknowledgements. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for the professional care and compassion given by Dr Joan Gibbons, Murwillumbah Veterinary Clinic and Dr Andrew Paxton- Hall, Tamborine Mountain Veterinary Surgery in their valiant efforts to try to save Minkara. VALE – Minkara we miss you The Advocate – WINTER Edition 2017

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RD MACLEAN AG SHOW 3 MAY MACLEAN AG SHOW 3 MAY 2017 RD

Maclean Ag Show, although very small, is most useful from the region’s point of view as it gets the ball rolling for our run of events in the southern section of our region. It is also a lead in to the more active and prestigious Grafton Show alpaca judging events, Alpaca Awareness Week (AAW) and most importantly our annual raffle. Display was manned by Pauline, Wahgungurry and Jackie and Bob, Nattameri and once again Harwood Farm Store was our sponsor. A steady stream of patrons (many friends and local identities) visited our display to look at/purchase the wonderful handmade and commercial alpaca products available. To this end product sales totalled $464 and raffle tickets $127 a very pleasing result. On the other hand only a few promotional items were handed out and unfortunately no requests for additional

COFFS HARBOUR AG SHOW 13TH – 14TH MAY Unfortunately the weather gods weren’t kind and we had to pull up stumps early Sunday morning which was a major disappointment as Saturday was very productive. Our display was manned by Pauline and Col, Wahgungurry and Jackie and Bob, Nattameri. Once again the children’s animal walk for passport stamps was popular. We are first port of call so many parents ended up purchasing raffle tickets and some took a fancy to the alpaca products available, particularly the high profit handmade items. Coffs is always a great venue to discuss all things alpaca and much promotional information was handed out again this year. Four requests for additional information were completed and sent to AAA for processing. Even allowing for being rained off on Sunday the event still proved very fruitful with some great contacts made as well as $442 in raffle ticket sales and $309 in product sales. BOB COXON

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These Paddock Cards are from Alpaca Association New Zealand Inc Health & Education 2003

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Fibre Testing

Micron Man Pty Ltd Email for more information microman@iinet.net.au New England Fibre Testing Service Walcha 02 6777 2122 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 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

Shearers Bob Dunn

(02) 4930 3446

Chris Powers

Mob: 0438653782

Drew Shearman

(02) 49201607

Ted Winnell (Casino)

(02) 66625379 / Mob: 0427 343991

Bernie McInerney

Mob: 0429 668240

Genna Reiman (Grafton)

Mob: 0439347611

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Sire Name

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Grand Flowerdale TRAVIATOR

Huacaya Solid Medium Fawn

130107

Creekside Alpacas Craig and Chris Chidgey 07 32976857 North Maclean QLD

$500

Arcady DIESEL

Huacaya 115320 Medium Fawn

Creekside Alpacas Craig and Chris Chidgey 07 32976857 North Maclean QLD

$300

Elsendale MISTER BEAU

Huacaya Solid White

192438

Creekside Alpacas Craig and Chris Chidgey 07 32976857 North Maclean QLD

$300

Erragolia COLLAROY

Huacaya Dark Fawn

114843

Erragolia Alpacas Steve Rowley 07 55463971 Chambers Flat QLD

$300

Erragolia DOUBLE ICE

Huacaya Solid White

129715

Erragolia Alpacas Steve Rowley 07 55463971 Chambers Flat QLD

$400

133460

Kallaroo Alpaca Stud Greg and Judy Barlow 02 66741022 Cudgen NSW

$660

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Kallaroo Alpaca Stud Greg and Judy Barlow 02 66741022 Cudgen NSW

$880

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Kallaroo Alpaca Stud Greg and Judy Barlow 02 66741022 Cudgen NSW

$660

Arcady AUBERON Huacaya Light Grey

Jennjoley SIR MAXIMUS

Huacaya Medium Grey

Distinction SPOCK Huacaya Black

Stud Fee

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Windsong Valley HIGHLAND CHIEF

Huacaya White

140063

Lakeland Alpacas Samantha Hood 0420839030 Stanmore QLD

$770

Ambersun SUMMIT

Huacaya Solid White

193490

Lakeland Alpacas Samantha Hood 0420839030 Stanmore QLD

$770

Ambersun PEBBLED BEACH

Huacaya Leopard Appaloosa

232150

Lakeland Alpacas Samantha Hood 0420839030 Stanmore QLD

$990

Lualto DURANGO

Huacaya Roan

200542

Lakeland Alpacas Samantha Hood 0420839030 Stanmore QLD

$550

Ambersun IMAGE OF FORTUNE

Huacaya Solid White

213868

Lakeland Alpacas Samantha Hood 0420839030 Stanmore QLD

$770

Rocking Hill CJ JETSTAR

Huacaya Medium Brown

193674

Lakeland Alpacas Samantha Hood 0420839030 Stanmore QLD

$660

Lualto GULLIVER

Huacaya Solid White

180793

Lakeland Alpacas Samantha Hood 0420839030 Stanmore QLD

$660

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Camelot LOHOLT

Huacaya 189546 Medium Fawn

Lakeland Alpacas Samantha Hood 0420839030 Stanmore QLD

$550

Ambersun MAN OF Huacaya THE MIST Rose Grey

213786

Lakeland Alpacas Samantha Hood 0420839030 Stanmore QLD

$660

Ambersun MIDNIGHT LIAISON

Huacaya Solid Black

21388

Lakeland Alpacas Samantha Hood 0420839030 Stanmore QLD

$770

Longueville Park PEGASUS

Huacaya Solid Black

140623

Longueville Park Rosemary Eva & Elizabeth Coles 02 66777500 Palmvale via Murwillumbah NSW

$880

Longueville Park MADIBA

Huacaya Solid Black

149919

Longueville Park Rosemary Eva & Elizabeth Coles 02 66777500 Palmvale via Murwillumbah NSW

$990 discount multiple matings

Longueville Park BRIGANTINE

Huacaya Solid Black

159784

Longueville Park $660 Rosemary Eva & Elizabeth Coles 02 66777500 Palmvale via Murwillumbah NSW

Longueville Park MERCURY

Huacaya Solid Black

Silcron MARS

Huacaya 74257 Medium Fawn

BARKALA GARCIA

Solid White

174958

91399

McLaren Vale Alpacas Leanne Tunny 0407 748 477 Tamborine QLD

$500

McLaren Vale Alpacas Leanne Tunny 0407 748 477 Tamborine QLD

$300

Nattameri Alpacas Bob & Jackie Coxon 0409989327 Goodwood Island NSW

$400.00

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ANAWOL JACKAROO

‘PACAMANIA CHATTERBOX

Huacaya

131214

Nattameri Alpacas Bob & Jackie Coxon 0409989327 Goodwood Island NSW

$400.00 Discount for multiples

182266

Nattameri Alpacas Bob & Jackie Coxon 0409989327 Goodwood Island NSW

$350 Discount for Multiples Introductory Offer

Dark Brown/ Black Huacaya Appaloosa Fancy

Wahgungurry MR MARTIN

Huacaya Medium Brown

177746

Wahgungurry Alpacas Colin & Pauline Glasser 0419 986554 Lower Southgate NSW

$400 discount multiple matings

Penny-Lane LICORICE

Huacaya Solid Black

149827

Wahgungurry Alpacas Colin & Pauline Glasser 0419 986554 Lower Southgate

$400 discount multiple matings

BE PREPARED IT SOON WILL BE TICK TIME!

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GRAFTON COLOURBRATION SHOW 5TH 6TH MAY Grafton Colourbration 10TH Anniversary Show was a success. Our Judge, Karen Caldwell and special guest Sharon Dawson (our AAA Board Representative) were warmly welcomed. Sharon helped with the Millpaca display in the Alpaca Pavilion with delicious alpaca meat samples for the public. A highlight for this year was the Alpaca Pavilion having a cement floor! – fund raising by the Clarence Valley Alpaca Group and the Sth QLD NNSW Region and the Grafton Show Society. This year 101 animal entries and 68 fleece entries. Exhibitors travelled from as far as Goulburn. Sponsors this year supported our Anniversary allowing Exhibitors to enjoy the 10th Anniversary prizes of cash and feed. Thank you to Bob Coxon for his mammoth task on Sponsorship. Grafton High Students were exceptional helping Exhibitors. The Sue and Jeremy Challacombe perpetual trophy was won by Green Gully Flash. Congratulations to Cathy and Noel from Green Gully Alpacas. The Best of Show Suri was awarded to Ambleside Over the Moon Congratulations to Barbara Linley who also won the Best of Show Suri Fleece with Ambleside Snow Master The Best of Show Huacaya Fleece was won by Green Gully Ginger. Congratulations to all Supreme winners. All results have been posted on the Regional Website. Shows like Grafton Colourbration don’t just happen, Thank you to the Grafton Team - a job well done! Colin Glasser—Convenor

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Positives  Poultry eagerly consume flies and their larvae.  Poultry rake and scratch over poo piles, potentially reducing parasite burdens.  Grass eating poultry like geese, rotated after alpacas, can consume their parasites without harm to the poultry. Their gastrointestinal parasites in turn are not shared by the alpacas.  Some poultry especially guinea fowl avidly consume ticks. Organic Chicken Farmers are using alpacas as guards, insert the address below into your web searcher and watch this wonderful youtube video http://chickencaravan.com/ The Advocate – WINTER Edition 2017

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COFFS HARBOUR PET EXPO Due to our region’s longstanding association with Coffs Harbour Show we were invited to attend the Pet Expo section of this event without paying the usual site fee of $330. All up there were 10 exhibitors in a reasonable size area. However, the nearby Home Show section was the major attraction. Our display was positioned between a kelpie working dog display on one side, a couple of horses and calves on the other and then another dog display. Needless to say our alpacas were very wary of the dogs around them and had their moments but no problems were experienced. A steady stream of patrons attended on both days with the working dog display a big attraction. Visitors to our display came in fits and starts and usually after the “on the hour” dog show. Over the 2 days 10 lots of promotional material were handed out along with a number of stickers and product sales totalled $305. So down the track our efforts may be rewarded and result in some new members. Overall our attendance was worthwhile and I would recommend that the region participate again next year on the same terms and conditions ie no site fee payable. BOB COXON

Inaugural Meeting at the Wallangarra An inaugural meeting which was held in Wallangarra on the 28th July. Thank you to Julie Hocking who organised the meeting and conducted a fleece skirting tip session. Members after having lunch at the venue: The Wallangarra Railway Café, went to Jackie and Fred Alley (Jacanda Alpacas) property. Members were able to see the shearing shed setup and the pasture improvements. It was felt by the members who attended this meeting that it would be beneficial to add this meeting to the annual calendar.

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Website Report - Stephen Rowley Website You would have seen the communications from Head Office about the new company website. I expect that at some point we will be invited to align our current site with the new design/format. I haven’t heard anything about it yet. The new IAR should be online soon. I am looking forward to the many new options that this service provides. If you are unsure what it can do for you, there’s a great article in the most recent alpacas Australia magazine. I also understand the will be training sessions soon within the region.

Facebook Page The facebook page is still an effective communication tool. It currently has 233 up from 209 likes last year. If you haven’t already liked the page, please do. It’s an opportunity for you to engage with others in the alpaca community of our region www.facebook.com/qldnsw.alpaca. Other regions and the association also have facebook pages. Why not check them out.

Traffic & Advertising I’m pleased with the traffic we are getting to our website (see attached). You can advertise via a banner ad. 12 months for $50, 6 months is $30 or 3 months for $20. Our advertisers generally achieve 300 click-throughs to their websites. You can also advertise via the classifieds. They are still free!

Open Days - Websites We made more improvements http://qldnsw.alpaca.asn.au/aaw/

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Murwillumbah Show 24th June

Murwillumbah really turned the weather on this year. Exhibitors experienced a very well organised show. Lyn Dickson and Amber O’Neill were our very capable Judges. The tradition at this show has been to camp on the grounds. Friday night get together has become a place of many alpaca stories around the campfire. Rosemary and Liz certainly know how to accommodate exhibitors and show off their beautiful Murwillumbah Showground. Exhibitors travelled from as far as Goulburn in south and Woodford in the north. Many members worked in various steward roles throughout the day. Bob had the regional display, members attended the dinner with the Judges after the show on Saturday night. Thank You to all for your support making this annual show a continued success and proving what a group of committed members can achieve. Special thank you to the Murwillumbah Show Society for their work after such a big flood to a get the grounds in working order for our event. – The Murwillumbah Team Congratulations Supreme Champions: Suri: Ambleside Over the Moon Huacaya: Hilldale Park Celtic Pride

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ALPACA AWARENESS WEEK 6TH – 14TH MAY 2017 Alpaca Awareness Week (AAW) was an initiative of your committee and incorporated Australian Alpaca Weekend, 6th & 7th May, an event driven by our Association. The focus for the week was on Australian Alpaca, Fashion and Product. Your committee approved $1500 for AAW 2017 promotions which enabled professional media advertising to be secured and free publicity was obtained also. The AAA decided not to produce the usual promotional items - stickers, introduction books etc but did have marketing tools on the website for members to download as required. Also, the region produced a couple of information and frequently asked questions promotional papers and our Webmaster Steve Rowley set up, once again, a dedicated AAW website.

Whilst member participa tion was down and terrible weather conditions were experienced on Mother’s Day (14th) overall results were quiet good. The geographic spread of open farms was ideal ie from Jatz Pacas, Thornlands QLD in the north to Wahgungurry, Lower Southgate NSW in the south. We were also represented at a few Ag Shows via displays at Maclean, Grafton and Coffs Harbour in NSW and Marburg QLD.

Some participants reported outstanding visitor numbers ie Kallaroo, Cudgen NSW 400 plus over 2 days, Jatz Pacas around 300 and Wahgungurry 140 plus and of course many patrons visited our displays at the various Ag Shows. Ticket sales, over the week, for our AAW/Primex raffle were also outstanding with almost $1800 resulting. Well done and many thanks to all involved. BOB COXON

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Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie was the strongest tropical cyclone in the Australian region since Cyclone Quang in 2015. Cyclone Debbie was branded the most dangerous cyclone to impact Queensland since Cyclone Yasi in 2011. On March 28th at 7.30pm - the weather bureau announced that Tropical Cyclone Debbie was currently 25 Kilometres West of Proserpine and was producing destructive winds of 120Km per hour and gusts of up to 165 Kmph. Debbie was forecast to move slowly south west over the next 12 to 18 hours before curving to a more southerly track OVER inland Queensland, it was predicted that Tropical Cyclone Debbie would deliver to the areas, an unexpected 500mm of rain in the next two days. They were actually right this time‌ the photos have been taken from the South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales areas. Cyclone Debbie has left a path of destruction and millions of dollars in damage. Many of our regional suffered devastating financial losses and emotional heart break.

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Kallaroo Alpaca Stud Sires Name: Arcady Auberon IAR: 133460 DOB: 16.03.2008

STUD FEE: $660.00

“Auby” has great dense medium light grey fleece, excellent crimp, even color fleece. Great upstanding frame, well conformed. Throwing good grey cria. Consistent grey cria's, (10 from 12 grey matings.)

<< New Boy on the Block... >> Name: Jennjoley Sir Maximums IAR: 182732 DOB: 29.11.2013

STUD FEE: $880.00

“Max” has a lovely quiet nature, easy to handle. Lovely dense even fleece. Cria expected on ground soon. Our matings from Max will start in September with several medium and rose grey girls in waiting.

Name: Distinction Spock IAR: 82476 DOB: 12.08.2014

STUD FEE: $660.00

“Spock”, although getting older and greyer he is still a proven sire. Excellent confirmation, quite temperament with many cria on the ground to assure his credentials as a stud male.

Name: Kallaroo Flintok IAR: 212057 DOB: 27.10.2015

UNCERTIFIED

“Flintok” – the best fleece in our herd..Will be a great Stud Male for a grey breeder in our region, ribbon winning fleece at all shows and a great friendly little chap.

KALLAROO kinnur@optusnet.com.au

JUDY & GREG BARLOW 438 CUDGEN RD CUDGEN NSW 2487

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CLEAN UP AFTER DEBBIE A massive clean up at Longueville Park Alpaca Stud aftermath of Cyclone debbie!

Many Hands Make Light Work with a rake and chainsaw or two!

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The view on the far left shows you the water receeding AWAY from the property. The view on the right shows you the property in full flood. Ann Bright looked like she lived on a House Boat! (made even more scary knowing that Ann lives in a high set home). In the view on the far left at the top right hand corner of the picture you can see a shed, in view two the shed is under water – that shed belongs to the partner of Donna Crone of Keiralize Alpacas…. Thanks Cyclone Debbie!!!

Out of all this horrible devastation, I have a feel good story.

I was buying some goods from Camelid Dynamics for a friend and Alicia Anderson asked how we were going with all the flooding……I started reeling off all the stories (that I knew about) and told her who I felt was worst hit. As a goodwill guesture, a week later in the mail, Esther Sanders received four leads and Ann bright received the package on the left! How wonderful we are to have such thoughtful people in our lives. Camelid Dynamics have been rewarded for their generosity with free advertising in this regional newsletter. Leanne Tunny

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eAlpaca Go Live date eAlpaca will Go Live on Tuesday 15 August 2017, when the existing ABRI system will become dormant (it will be kept alive for reference purposes only until mid-2018, but no transactions will occur on the old system after 15 August). eAlpaca and the Australian Alpaca Spectacular eAlpaca is already being used for entries to the Australian Alpaca Spectacular and if you are not entering but are planning to attend any of the events forming part of the Show you can also register for these via eAlpaca. So far the system is working very well and exhibitors seem to be enjoying their first eAlpaca experience. There will be an official launch of eAlpaca at the Spectacular on Friday 25 August, and the eAlpaca team will be present throughout the show to answer questions or offer training to new users. eAlpaca Training A network of eAlpaca trainers across the country have now undergone training via webinar and are offering training in the new system at a Regional level. You may already have attended one of these sessions or be planning to go to one. If you are not yet aware of training in your Region, please contact your President or Secretary to see what is planned. Your Regional trainers will also be able to offer support in the initial phase after the system goes live – a list of their contact details will be circulated before the launch date. Email address Remember that to use eAlpaca you will need an email address to use as your login and for communication and confirmation regarding your transactions. Payment methods You will need a credit or debit card to pay for your transactions. Some members have been asking whether we plan to offer alternative payment methods, such as PayPal, BPay or direct credit. Direct credit is not an option, as it is very difficult to reconcile payments to people when funds arrive in the AAA bank account; we have looked at PayPal and BPay and both are significantly more expensive than credit or debit cards – as we are trying very hard to keep all fees paid by members as low as possible, we would prefer not to use these, though this will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Registration and transfer fees Another commonly asked question is.... will the fees be changing? The answer is, yes, there will be fee changes and these will be circulated by e-blast to members on Monday 7 August, to take effect from Tuesday 15 August. Exciting times ahead! If you have any queries at this stage, please do contact me at alpacas@birrong.biz or 02 4878 9310 Fiona Vanderbeek Vice-President

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This is a quick and easy scone recipe – great for friends who visit the farm for a morning cuppa! Ingredients 1 Cup mashed Sweet Potato 1 Tablespoon Butter 1 Egg ½ Cup sugar 2 Cup SR Flour Method 1. Preheat oven 220 C 2. Prepare scone tray either grease well or use baking paper. 3. With a mixer Cream Butter and Sugar 4. Add Egg 5. Add mashed pumpkin 6. 4. Fold in S.R. Flour 7. Knead lightly 8. Pat out to 4cm thick, cut out with scone cutter. 9. Place on tray touching each other. 10. Cook 10-15 mins in HOT oven. 11. Turn onto tea towel and wrap to steam. Serve with butter

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Quick and easy table decorations or for that special corner. Gather different succulents and place in a tray or container. This container is a log which has had the centre cut out, filled with potting mix and a variety of succulents added.

EASY ! LITTLE CARE NEEDED! GATHER DIFFERENT CUTTINGS FROM YOUR FRIENDS! REASONABLY CHEAP! GREAT PRESENT!

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Alpaca Advocate 2017 winter  

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

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