The Australian Alpaca Association is not just about showing.
The Australian Alpaca Association is not all about showing.
For many new and prospective alpaca owners their only experience and contact with the Australian Alpaca Association is at an alpaca show and this can give the false impression that the only reason to join the Association is if you wish to show alpacas, but this is far from the truth.
The Australian Alpaca Association was formed over 30 years ago, and although one of its responsibilities is to coordinate alpaca shows, it is also responsible for a range of important activities that assist all alpaca owners. These include:
Initiating and supporting research projects into alpaca health and welfare, fleece production and manufacturing, alpaca fertility and disease control as well as studies into alpaca genetics.
Developing shearing protocols and shearing training and providing a data base of trained and experienced alpaca shearers.
In conjunction Agricultural colleges they have developed training for fleece classing and shed management protocols.
- They have worked closely with animal welfare Australia to develop the protocols for managing alpacas, managing biosecurity and in developing animal welfare regulations and guidelines for managing and caring for alpacas.
- On behalf of members the AAA manages a detailed herd register that records all pedigree data of the animals bred, this assists breeders in selecting stud sires and in selecting new blood lines to add to breeding programs.
- Through the network of regional committees, the AAA provides training and education to members.
- Members also have access to a variety of resources including specialist vets.
As someone who has been breeding alpacas for nearly 30 years it is often very easy to take all of these services for granted, it’s also very easy to forget how invaluable these services are to new and prospective breeders, whether they intend to show alpacas or not.
The AAA has adapted its membership model so that there are a number of membership options that reflect that there is not just one type of alpaca owner and everyone who owns alpacas should have access to resources that will make owning alpacas satisfying and rewarding as possible.
If you are considering buying alpacas or own alpacas but not a member of the AAA go to the AAA website and become a member.
eAlpaca is the members online data base, where members can register and transfer ownership of animals as well as check pedigree registration, animal ownership details and pedigree.
This data base also provides and easy and cost effective platform to sell animals and order ear tags and certification forms.
It is a quick and easy platform to use and simplifies record keeping. Pedigree data is available at any time you have access to the internet and pedigree certificates can be downloaded as required.
This online platform is one of the many benefits of being an AAA members.
Can there be improvements to the services offered by the AAA? definitely, but it is only by being a member that you can influence the services being offered.