The purpose of this page is to keep readers up to date with our news

March 2023

Our National Halter show took place in Mullingar Equestrian Centre on Sunday 12th March. Please click on the file below for a list of all the winners

Final 2023 Show Results

News 2022

November 2022.

AGM on Sunday 27th November @ 4.30pm. Details will be sent to members in the coming weeks

September 2022

Second Annual SSEAG fleece show was held in September and hosted by Moonhall Alpacas in Kilkenny. Almost 120 fleeces in total , of all colours (Suri and Huacaya combined) were judged by Barbara Hetherington of Beck Brow Alpacas in the UK.  Paul Vallely from Art of Fibre  was also there testing fleece samples. Full details of the winners below. A fantastic way to get information on your fleece from both the judge and the fleece samples. Keep an eye out for details next year when it will be hosted by Alpacas of Connaught

Fleece show results 2022

May 2022

On a wet Sunday 1st May we had our first combined Halter and Craft show in our new location , Mullingar Showgrounds. Have a look at the video on the Home page for a flavour of what was on offer during the day. Photos will follow soon.  Halter and Craft show winners are available by clicking on the following links


Show Results 2022_Final

Show Catalogue

The Alpaca Craft Show 2022 report


August 2021

31st of July/1st August saw the first Sunny South East Alpaca Group (SSEAG) All of Ireland Fleece show take place at Moonhall Alpacas in Co Kilkenny.  It was a roaring success with many of our members taking home rosettes and championship sashes.  A more detailed report will be included in our next Newsletter in the Autumn. Please click on the link below to see the list of winners


July 2021

Fibre course with Paul Valley on 13th, 16th, 20th and 23rd of July with two final days later in the Autumn.

The Sunny South East Alpaca Group (SEEAG)  is a vibrant community of alpaca owners in the sunny south east of the country sharing advice, support and enthusiasm for all things alpaca. The SSEAG will hold its first ever Fleece Show on 31st July and 1st August 2021.  Places are limited to 90  fleeces and they were filled up really quickly with numbers limited to 4 fleeces per farm across the whole island of Ireland. Roger Clarke from Amberly Alpacas will be the judge. A fleece show is always a great opportunity for owners to get an honest appraisal of their fleece by a qualified expert

June 2021

Our Fourth Zoom took place on Sunday 27th June, hosted by Elaine Clarke, on the topic of Fleece Skirting.

May 2021

Our 3 recent Zoom Webinars were very well received. The focus of the three was on birthing and cria care. The first two webinars were presented by Roger and Elaine Clarke of Amberly Alpacas in Tyrone and the final evening was presented by Sarah Caldwell, a UK Vet with specialist camelid experience.

There is always something to learn about alpacas!

Our next course will be about fleece and details will be posted for members here soon.

April 2021

As of April 2nd we have changed from http:// to the more secure https:// version of our website. We have never asked for personal details on our website so no one has been exposed to risk. This means in the future we can add more features to the website. security All full members are encouraged to email to ensure all their details are correct on the relevant Farms and Studs pages. We have lots of activities planned for the coming months for members. More details will be posted here as soon as final dates are confirmed

March 2021

Our new spring newsletter is now available on It’s our best so far. Lots of interesting articles. Thanks to Paula Lunn for editing.

It’s March and we are in lockdown again. Our thoughts turn to shearing and planning for this year. Have a look at our fleece page for information on taking fleece samples for analysis and how to skirt your fleece to maximise your return 

News 2020

November 2020

29th November 2020 AGM held over zoom. MInutes will be available afterwards

28th November Craft show results released

September 2020

TB has reared its ugly head at a number of farms across the country over the past number of months. The AAI committee has been working with the Department of Agriculture to draw up a protocol that will protect us all. Please click on the link below to read the draft protocol.

AAI Association TB Protocol

Any comments or suggestions would be welcome at

July/August 2020

From late July and for the month of August we will be launching an online photo competition(just for fun). As the cria hit the ground and as the weather improves, alpaca owners across the island of Ireland are encouraged to sort through their phones and cameras to chose their favourite alpaca photo. Each farm/family can send their chosen photo to  The photos will then be uploaded to the website ,a closing date which has still to be confirmed. Keep an eye on our FB page for more details

May 2020

The Covid 19 Crisis has seriously curtailed our plans this year. Our National Show was due to take place this Bank Holiday Weekend and has been cancelled as with many other events this year. Hopefully we will announcing new workshops and events this autumn.  In the meantime cria are being born and we’re getting to isolate with our lovely alpacas

February 2020

Newsletters from our members now available  on our website

October 2019

30 minute presentation on alpacas as part of the Rural Business Expo in Kilkenny. More details later

September 2019

Hillside Farm Alpacas charmed the crowds at the National Ploughing Championships 17th-19th September in Carlow

August 2019

2019 Fleece Show 11/8/19

Fleece results from our recent All Ireland Fleece show are now available here. Please click the link below 

Fleece show 2019

2019 “Conformation only” Show results. Please click on link below

Tullamore Conformation Show Results August 2019

Rural Business Expo Ireland is a business event for agricultural and rural communities, providing in-depth information and guidance on farm diversification. 


Diversification is essential for all sizes and types of business. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the agricultural and rural sectors where unpredictable weather and market volatility can have devastating effects. 

Rural Business Expo Ireland will outline the opportunities available to farmers and landowners wishing to explore additional revenue streams; reduce typically high energy bills through the generation of renewable energy, manage its use more effectively, become more environmentally
conscious and generally future-proof businesses for the years ahead.

The ‘how to’ workshops within the will provide ideas on possible new diversification ventures. Farmers and landowners that have already diversified will share their experiences and advice provided on associated subjects such as planning, finance, marketing, legal ramifications and health & safety requirements.


This is a show for innovative, forward thinking decision makers who want to make informed choices.  


The Expo is free to attend, simply register here: or call the team on +44 1293 854405.

June 2019


To Book please follow Spaces limited to 25 to ensure quality

April 2019

National Show 2019 ; Sunday 21st April  at Mullingar Equestrian

National Alpaca Halter Show

Show Results 2019

National Craft Fair 2019 Results

Craft Show Results 2019

Report available shortly

March 2019

Great article about our 2nd indoor dedicated Alpaca show in Mullingar. Follow the link below


New for 2019. Alpaca Crafts show as part of the AAI National Show in Mullingar. This is open to anyone, with or without, their own herd. More details available here

February 2019

Listen to Alan McIntyre of Hiltop Farm talking about bringing his alpacas to local nursing homes. 

January 2019

Plans  are now being made to improve on the runaway success of our first indoor National Alpaca Show in Mullingar April 2018. This year promises to be bigger and better with lots of new events and exhibitions planned. More details will be published here soon

We are  set to make this year a bumper year for new members and new cria registrations.Members are asked to complete their registrations asap please.

November 2018

Our AGM for 2018 takes place on Saturday 10th November at Hushabye Farm in co Laois at 2pm. Members are encouraged to attend. Full members are asked to return nomination forms by Friday 09/11/18

September 2018

The results from our ALL Ireland Fleece Show are now available. Please click on the link

AAI 2018 National Fleece Show Results


July 2018

National Show Results 2018 now available. Please click the link below

Irish National Show 2018 RESULTS

April 2018

Our National Show  22nd April 2018.Entry is now open. Closing date for receipt of entries is 8/4/18. All entries are through the “Manage my Herd screen in the AAI registry. If you have any problems please email A tutorial is available here

March 2018

Keep an eye out on St Patrick’s day for an alpaca or two, you never know which parade they’ll appear in. Please send in any pictures you may find and we’ll publish them here

January 2018

Happy new year from all of us in the Alpaca Association of Ireland.  We have lots happening this year so continue checking back regularly


Our National Show ill take place this year, for the first time, in April. The location is Mullingar equestrian centre and the date is Sunday April 22nd

October 2017

Registration of this years cria is now overdue. Please login to and fill in the online forms. Payment should be made via PayPal ( cost is €10 animal.

September 2017

Our First National Alpaca day took places on 23rd September 2017. Please click the link below for a short report and some photos

national alpaca day report


August 2017

Alpacas made a very welcome return to this year’s Tullamore Show. Interest was huge and we hope to welcome more members very soon.

Our show was a composite show; Animals were judged on the day for their conformation while their fleece was scored the previous day. The two scores were added and prizes awarded.

Congratulations to Paul from Hushabye Farm who was awarded Supreme Champion with Coincidence

Please click on the link below for a full list of winners on the day

2017 Tullamore Show 

July 29th 2017

Alpacas are becoming increasingly popular and there is big demand this year for these adorable and versatile animals. Click on the link below to read about the latest from the Alpaca Association and one of its’ members

Alpaca article in

11th June 2017

The National Alpacas Show was held in Bellurgan Park Dundalk on Sunday.While the weather was mixed with showers and sunshine it was a great show day enjoyed by all.The show was well organised by Bernie Neary of Mullagh Lane Alpacas, Bernie has decided to hang up her wellies and retire from Alpacas we will miss Bernie hugely. The show was judged by Nick Harrington-Smith with Roger Clarke as ring steward and Michael Mclaughlin keeping us all on time … well done to them all.

A big welcome to some UK visitors  Felicia Sanders of Popham Alpacas and Barbara Hetherington of Beck Brow who kept a sharp alpaca eye on all proceedings. It was great to meet alpacas owners of such high reputation.

National Show Results 2017

Please follow the link below for the results of our first show at Dundalk 11th June 2017

2017 National Show Results

June 7th 2017

Alpacas re appear on Dermot & Dave on TodayFM

27th May 2017 Shearing & Fibre Workshop

Venue: Hushabye Farm Alpacas 10am-5pm 

Cost (member €80 and nonmember €100)

10th March 2017

Alpacas on Dermot & Dave on Today FM

podcast  coming soon

Alpacas in Farming Independent 6th March 2017

Neonatology Course Saturday 22nd April 2017



Farming Independent 7/2/17 Mia Doran with her two alpacas bought from a member of the Alpaca Association of Ireland


Cria Registrations 2016registration

Now that this year’s crop of cria are on the ground, it’s time for members to think about microchipping, tagging and most importantly registering. Please register your animals in plenty of time so there will be no delays before next year’s showing season

AlpacaSeller Deal for Members

alpacaseller logo

We are delighted to announce that the Association has negotiated a Special Offer for AAI members with AlpacaSeller. AlpacaSeller is the largest source for buying and selling Alpaca’s globally.

The offer is available to AAI members for new subscriptions.

We have negotiated a 13 month free subscription to AlpacaSeller.

Yes that’s 13 months subscription free. If you open an account with AlpacaSeller and let them know you are a member of the Alpaca Association of Ireland AlpacaSeller will give you a free subscription for 13 months.

We have also negotiated a reduced subscription fee of €40 (down from €50), this compares favourably to £50 for UK members. Thus for your AAI membership fee of €80 you are already getting €50 back.

AlpacaSeller also has free mobile apps for searching (iOS and Android).AlpacaSeller has recently added a facility for uploading videos of your alpacas.

Deja Vu at National Show in Dundalk on 12th June

Congratulations to Tinryland Alpacas ;Overall Supreme Champion with Burren Kantordan for the second year running. Congratulations  goes too, to Hushabye Farm for Reserve champion and Supreme Champion female; Inca Glowing,also for the second year running.

winners dundalk

Thanks to everyone who showed animals. The standard is phenomenal and has improved year after year.

Thanks to everyone who made the show run so smoothly; Bernie, Siobhan, Roger and Joe.

Full Results available here soon

On now to Clonmel Show on Sunday 3rd July, our first fleece off show this year and our first ever outing to Clonmel show. See you there!


New deal with AlpacaSeller  for full members. More details coming soon…
Shows planned for this year (2016)

Mullingar Equestrian Show 5th June 2016

Co. Louth Agriculatural Show 12th June 2016   

Clonmel Agricultural Show 3rd July 2016 

Mullingar Agricultural Show ( Fleece Off) 10th July 2016 

 Fleece Show 9th July 2016 

Cost of entries is €10 per animal per class


Parasitology Course 2016

Seagrave alpacas was the venue for our Parasitology course in on February 20th. Bob Broadbent from the UK was our guide for what was a very educational day. Samples were prepared, microscopes were focused and we searched and searched for parasites. As is common this time of year, the parasites were very few on the ground (or in the poo). We were urged to check monthly and to tailor our worming programme to what we do or don’t find. Thanks to Bernie for organising the course, to John and Eugene for the venue and to Glyn & Fiona for providing the equipment for the day.

Photos to follow…….

National Show 2016

Our national show will take place as part of Louth Agricultural Show on June 12th. Our judge this year is Jay Holland of Pure Alpacas in the UK. Please ensure that your show team is registered in time and that you have paid your membership for 2016. Get halter training! Show Rules are available here


Official Alpaca Association of Ireland approved Course in Parasitology  February 20th  2016

parasite course

Payment for this course can be made online here or by cheque, made payable to the Alpaca Association of Ireland, sent to Bernie Neary of Mullagh Lane Alpacas.

We have added PayPal to our website. This will make it easier for everyone to pay membership, pay for courses and entry to shows. PayPal is totally secure and will greatly increase our speed in processing payments.


BASBAS Evaluation Course 27th February 2016

This one day workshop will be held in Clogher, Co. Tyrone. The cost id £65+vat for members and £85 + Vat for non members. Booking is essential as places are limited. Please click here to be redirected to the BAS website for more information


December 2015

The year is nearly over. All membership should be up to date. If you still have to pay for 2015 please do so immediately.

Members are also asked to register this year’s cria asap.



Damien Dyar, one of our founding members presented with a token of our appreciation, for all his hard work over the years, at his farm Burren Alpaca, Co Clare


Alpaca Owners in Ireland are asked to click on the link below to complete a short survey on herd size and interest in the Irish Alpaca industry.

Survey (survey now closed)


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Irish Alpacas get a great write up in this new online fibre magazine

Save the date; 20th February 2016



2015 AGM

Our recent AGM at Millbrook Alpacas was our best attended meeting to date! Members can view minutes from the AGM by clicking on the Members Only tab on the top of the screen

AGM of the Alpaca Association of Ireland will take place on Saturday 14th November @ 2pm hosted by Millbrook Alpacas

Non members/potential members are invited to attend for the first hour to get a chance to talk to members and to tour the mill

Irish Alpacas star in the new Harrods 2015 print ad



Alpacas in the Irish Headlines this week 5/10/15



2015 AGM of the Alpaca Association of Ireland takes place in November. Please check back for exact dates a bit closer to the time

AAI National Show 2015


Congratulations to Burren Kantordon at Tinryland who won Supreme Champion in Dundalk on 14th June 2015.




Class 520 Junior Female 6-12 months White or Light Fawn
1st Place – Tinryland Elektra
Class 525Junior Males 6 – 12 months White or Light Fawn
1st Place Tinryland Achilles
2nd Place -Glenbrook Michael
3rd Place –  Albain go Deo
Class 521Intermediate Females 12 – 24 months White or Light Fawn
1st Place – Burren Atlantic Princess Tinryland Alpacas
2nd Place – Tinryland Ivory Moon
Class 526 Intermediate Males 12 – 24 months White or Light Fawn
1st Place Burren Kantordon   Tinryland Alpacas
Class 523 Adult Females 24 – 48 months White or Light Fawn
2nd Place – Glenbrook Evelyn
3rd place Great house Nyali of Glenbrook
Class 528 Adult Males 24 – 48 months White or Light Fawn 
1st Place –
2nd Place – Burren Casdan
Best White female Burren Atlantic Princess, Tinryland Alpacas
ReserveTinryland Elektra
Best White MaleBurren Kantordan , Tinryland Alpacas
Reserve Tinryland Achilles
Class 510 Junior Females 6 – 12 months Brown
1st Plac e  Hushabye Farm Arizona
Class 515 Junior Males 6 – 12 months Brown
1st Place – Millbrook Prince Regent
Class 511 Intermediate Females 12 – 24 months Brown 
1st Place Millbrook Heather
Class 516 Intermediate Males 12 – 24 months Brown
1st Place -Hushabye Farm Aristotle
2nd Place – Sodom Kaolos, Millbrook Alpacas
Class 518 Senior Males 48 months and Older Brown
1st Place –  Inca Forest  Millbrook Alpaca Farm
Best brown Male Hushabye Farm Aristotle
Reserve Inca Forrest, Millbrook Alpacas
Best brown Female Hushabye Farm Arizona
Reserve Millbrook Heather
Class 500 Junior Females 6-12 months Black
1st Place – Millbrook Opel
2nd Place – Hushabye Aurora
Class 505 Junior Males 6-12 months Black 

1st Place – Millbrook Black Jack

2nd Place – Hushabye Farm Ace of Spades
3rd Place – Millbrook Black Magic
Class 501 Intermediate Females 12-24 months Black
1st Place – Hillend Kate  Millbrook Alpaca Farm
2nd Place – Millbrook Tulip
Class 506 Intermediate Males 12 – 24 months Black
1st Place – Inca Harlequin Millbrook Alpaca Farm
2nd Place – Millbrook Brandy
3rd Place – Seagrave Divo
Class 502 Adult Females 24-48 months Black
1st Place – Hushabye Farm Gerbera
2nd Place – Inca Gracie Millbrook Alpaca Farm
Class 507 Adult Males 24-48 months Black
1st Place -Millbrook Rover
2nd Place – Millbrook Setanta
Class 503 Senior Females 48 months and older Black
1st  Place – Inca Blackberry INC102 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
2nd Place – Cambridge Emotive EPC1789 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
Class 508 Senior Males 48 months and older Black
1st Place – Inca Goldsmith Hushabye Farm
Best black male Inca Goldsmith, Hushaye farm
ReserveMillbrook Harlequin
Best black Female Hushabye Gerbera
ReserveInca Blackberry Millbrook

Champion Female Hushabye Gerbera   

Reserve  Inca Blackberry, Millbrook Alpacas

Champion Male Burren Kantordan, Tinryland Alpacas

Reserve Inca Goldsmith, Hushabye Farm Alpacas

Overall National Supreme Champion                        Burren Kantordan of Tinryland Alpacas




More results to follow shortly….


AAI Summer Show 2015

Our First show of the Year took place on Sunday 31st May in Mullingar Alpacas battled it out across a range of categories for rosettes.


Class 266 Junior Female 6-12 months White or Light Fawn
1st Place – Tinryland Elektra AAITIN007
Class 265 Junior Males 6 – 12 months White or Light Fawn
1st Place/Reserve Champion White – Tinryland Dante AAITIN006
2nd Place – Millbrook Lightning MBE12
3rd Place – Glenbrook Michael J AAIRCP001
4th Place – Tinryland Achilles AAITIN004
Class 270 Intermediate Females 12 – 24 months White or Light Fawn
1st Place – Burren Atlantic Princess AAI13301 Tinryland Alpacas
2nd Place – Tinryland Ivory Moon AAITIN009
3rd Place – Mullaghlane Cookie MLA008
Class 269 Intermediate Males 12 – 24 months White or Light Fawn
1st Place/Champion White/Overall Supreme Champion – Burren Kantordon  AAI3201 Tinryland Alpacas
Class 354 Adult Females 24 – 48 months White or Light Fawn
1st Place – Glenbrook Evelyn AAI1128
Class 355 Adult Males 24 – 48 months White or Light Fawn 
1st Place –
2nd Place – Burren Casdan AAI2095
Class 275 Senior Females 48 months and older White or Light Fawn
1st Place – Great House Nyali AAIRCP001
Class 350 Junior Females 6 – 12 months Brown
1st Place/Champion Brown/Supreme Female – Hushabye Farm Arizona AAIHUS111
Class 351 Junior Males 6 – 12 months Brown
1st Place – Millbrook Prince Regent MBE16
2nd Place – Hushabye Farm Amadeus AAIHUS110
Class 352 Intermediate Females 12 – 24 months Brown 
1st Place/Reserve brown Champion – Millbrook Heather MBE05
Class 353 Intermediate Males 12 – 24 months Brown
1st Place – Sodom Kaolos SOD087 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
2nd Place – Hushabye Farm Aristotle AAIHUS106
Class 359 Adult Males 24 – 48 months Brown
1st Place –  Inca Galia INC365 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
Class 363 Senior Males 48 months and Older Brown
1st Place –  Inca Forest INC305 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
Best Brown Male
Hushabye farm Aristotle
Class 104 Junior Females 6-12 months Black
1st Place – Hushabye Farm Aurora AAIHUS12
2nd Place – Millbrook Opel MBE11
3rd Place – Millbrook Ebony MBE15
Class 114 Junior Males 6-12 months Black 

1st Place – Millbrook Black Jack MBE18

2nd Place – Millbrook Black Magic MBE17
3rd Place – Hushabye Farm Ace of Spades AAIHUS104
Class 134 Intermediate Females 12-24 months Black
1st Place – Hillend Kate END55 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
2nd Place – Millbrook Tulip MBE06
Class 124 Intermediate Males 12 – 24 months Black
1st Place/Champion Black – Inca Harlequin INC529 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
2nd Place – Millbrook Brandy MBE09
3rd Place – Millbrook Rover MBE04
4th Place – Millbrook Shadow MBE08
5th Place – Sodom Kisnet SOD087 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
Class 356 Adult Females 24-48 months Black
1st Place – Hushabye Farm Gerbera AAIHUS113
2nd Place – Inca Gracie INC413 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
3rd Place – Inca Genie INC373 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
Class 357 Adult Males 24-48 months Black
1st Place/Reserve Black Champion – Inca Goldsmith INCBASUK405 Hushabye Farm
2nd Place – Millbrook Setanta MBE03
Class 144 Senior Females 48 months and older Black
1st Place – Cambridge Emotive EPC1789 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
2nd Place – Inca Blackberry INC102 Millbrook Alpaca Farm
Class 154 Senior Males 48 months and older Black
1st Place – Inca Dorchestor INCBASUK202 Hushabye Farm


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