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Australian Alpaca Week 2014

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Visit an alpaca farm or event in your area and get up close and personal with alpacas.

You can find more information on our dedicated alpaca week website.

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas to all our members.  Your committee hopes you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year and that Santa brings you many alpaca gifts. 

Pauline's shared her recipe for making these little critters.

Read more: Merry Christmas 2013

AWEX deal to take alpacas to the next level

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Michelle Malt appears in "Farming Small Areas" magazine, supplement of "The Land", talking about alpacas, her farm and the new auction process being implemented for alpaca fleece.  To read more see the Farming Small Areas magazine.  Don't forget to have a look at the front cover.

Wendy Summerell

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Wendy Summerell receives her Certificate of Appreciation from Michelle Malt, President of the Australian Alpaca Association

Wendy Summerell (left) was presented with a certificate of appreciation by our National President Michelle Malt (right) at the regional meeting.  Wendy has served the region for many years and it is great to see her efforts recognised.

Wendy was an AAA member at the formation of the Queensland Region and although not on the regional committee herself, supported her husband Ross as Newsletter Editor who initiated the first regional newsletter.

When the South Queensland & Northern NSW Region was formed, Wendy was a foundation member and held the position of Regional Secretary consistently for a period of 12 years from 97/98 to 08/09 and also held the position of Vice President for 2 years for the period 09/10 to 10/11.

Wendy and Ross proudly opened The Cove Alpaca Shop at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast and helped to introduce the general public to alpacas and the beauty of alpaca fibre by selling garments, scarves, hats and other related products.

While on their way to their shop one day in September, 1995, Wendy and Ross were involved in a terrible car accident which put them both in hospital resulting in life changing circumstances.  When other people would have given up, Wendy did not, and as soon as she was physically mobile again, put great enthusiasm into building up Starwood Stud.

Wendy was a very successful exhibitor, supporter and often convenor of local shows and attended the Brisbane Royal Show regularly and has been awarded several Supreme Champions.  Wendy was very keen to exhibit alpacas at AAA National Shows and attended as many as she possibly could.

In her role as Regional Secretary, Wendy would travel for many kilometres and hours to attend regional meetings in far reaches of our large region.  She did this to be fair to all members wherever they resided and to make everyone in SQNNSW Region feel welcome. She was instrumental in recruiting members to the committee and worked hard to help them contribute positively.

Wendy convened the Gold Coast show for many years and was the fleece steward at the Royal Queensland show until recent times. Wendy helped with the planning of the first judging at Grafton Show and her knowledge in convening such events was always sought.  Not only did Wendy help with the organisation of such events, she also clocked up several hundreds of kilometres using her (sometimes very new) vehicles to tow the heavy regional trailer laden with gates to Toowoomba, Ipswich and Gold Coast Shows and back again.  She also was a willing worker with setting up the pens at these shows.  A great feat for such a slightly built lady.

Wendy has always been very skilful in wording interesting articles detailing the history, practical management of alpacas and the future of the industry in different media to promote regional events.  She could be counted on to submit reports about events held with entertaining and sometimes humorous accounts of what took place, and never failed to thank others who helped make the event possible.

In her role as Secretary, Wendy kept meticulous minutes and correspondence and maybe she should have considered a career in journalism but fortunately for the members of the AAA she has devoted 19 years of her skills to contributing to the Australian Alpaca Association at both a regional and national level.

Royal Queensland Show 2013

 

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What an exciting Royal Show indeed with visitors from interstate and Queensland breeders parading their beautiful alpacas in the ring to be judged by New Zealander, Mr Paul Garland.

The convenor, Brett Winterbine was exhausted by day's end. He has been away from home, working on preparations since July.

Local breeders Jeff and Jill Willis of Sunline Alpacas took home the supreme prize for huacayas with their stunning entry, Sunline Lacey which also won huacaya best of white colour and top fleece honours.

Cedar House Barnaby owned by Grayleigh Stud won the supreme Suri award as well as the suri best of colour white on the day.

 

Pictures of the winners in each class

 

 

 

Alpaca Advocate - 2013 Winter

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This edition has a major focus on the volunteers and shows that have been part of our Region over the winter months. The Gold Coast Show is our last animal show of the year before the Nationals in Bendigo. Gold Coast entries close on the 16th August.

September 30th deadline for Spring Newsletter—send in those photos

 

Alpaca Advocate - 2013 Autumn

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What a busy alpaca year ahead. The show season is about to begin Toowoomba is only weeks away and on preliminary information the numbers of animals and fleece entries is very positive considering the weather we have all been experiencing.

Much is happening in the Alpaca Industry, it is pleasing to see the new web page up and running.

National Alpaca Week 2013

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Members of the AAA are busy preparing for National Alpaca Week 2013. National Alpaca Week (NAW) was launched in 2009 as an annual coordinated educational activity. NAW offers the general public and potential future alpaca owners the opportunity to visit a local farm and learn more about these endearing creatures. Details of participating farms can be found on our National Alpaca Week Site.

Alpaca Advocate - 2012 Summer

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What a busy alpaca year. All the show season and shearing has been done and dusted. Many have finished their cria program whilst some are still waiting 12months. For that cria to safely be born a very stressful time!

Much is happening at the AAA office it is pleasing to see the new web page taking on a different updated look. (see page 27) The online showing system is also having an update, convenors will be most pleased to have this finished ready for the 2013 showing season.

Insight Peru News

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In April 2013 a team of 12 will spend six days in Chivay, high in the Colca valley of the Andes, delivering services including cataract surgery, prescription and supply of spectacles and paediatric clinics. Members wishing to donate are encouraged to visit the InSight Peru website to make a donation.