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
Registration of this years cria is now overdue. Please login to www.grassroots.co.uk/AAI.html and fill in the online forms. Payment should be made via PayPal (email@example.com) cost is €10 animal.
Our First National Alpaca day took places on 23rd September 2017. Please click the link below for a short report and some photos
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
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 Agriland.ie
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
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
Membership fees are now due for 2017. Please pay via PayPal or send a cheque to our treasurer Helen Eivers
Click here to make a membership payment through Paypal
Farming Independent 7/2/17 Mia Doran with her two alpacas bought from a member of the Alpaca Association of Ireland
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
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.
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!
Results from Summer Show 2016 Available Here
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
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.
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
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.
Irish Alpacas get a great write up in this new online fibre magazine
Save the date; 20th February 2016
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.
1st Place – Millbrook Black Jack
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.
1st Place – Millbrook Black Jack MBE18