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A recognized and sustainable North American alpaca industry for alpaca owners, alpaca breeders, and those who design, produce, and sell alpaca related products and services.
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Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. (AOA) is the world’s largest alpaca association with around 5,000 members and over 265,000 alpacas in its registry database.
AOA is a not-for-profit corporation, which is managed by a team of eight employees who report to a nine-member board of directors. Those nine individuals, who oversee the organization, are elected by the AOA membership to serve staggered three-year terms.
AOA oversees an internationally recognized pedigree registry, Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) program, alpaca show system, judge training program, and industry magazine (Alpacas Magazine). AOA also provides education to current and prospective alpaca owners throughout the world along with a national marketing program for alpacas and alpaca fiber products.
AOA hosts three national events a year: the National Alpaca Halter Show, Natural Fiber Extravaganza which includes the National Fleece Show, and National Alpaca Farm Days. In addition, AOA supports 34 affiliates.
AOA’s National Show System certifies over 40 alpaca shows per year and boasts 25 certified alpaca judges. Along with being sought after to judge internationally, they are in high demand to teach all over the globe.
As of 2019, with more than 33 years of history, AOA continues to provide support to the North American alpaca industry through programs that assist members in growing their alpaca, alpaca fiber, and alpaca product businesses.
Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. (AOA) was created in 2014 when Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association, Inc. (AOBA) merged into Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI). Prior to the merger, AOBA and ARI represented different parts of the North American alpaca industry. ARI focused on the pedigree registry, scientific research, and alpaca education. AOBA focused on the national show system along with the national alpaca show, judge training system, national marketing, and alpaca education.
While the first gatherings of alpaca owners in a formal manner began in 1986, Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association (AOBA) was formed in 1987 and incorporated in 1991. In 1988, alpaca registry rules and regulations were adopted, which included a requirement of blood typing all alpacas for registration. In 1990, the alpaca registry was separated from AOBA and began as an independent committee of the International Lama Registry. The Alpaca Registry Screening Committee was composed of alpaca owners who were elected by owners of registered alpacas. In 1995, the Alpaca Registry Screening Committee formally became Alpaca Registry, Inc., (ARI) upon that organization's incorporation.
From 1995–2014, ARI and AOBA worked cooperatively to provide services to the North American alpaca industry. Together the two organizations aggressively worked to expand the industry, improve alpaca genetics, create a national show system, provide national marketing, and educate people throughout North America about alpacas.
In January 2014, AOBA was merged into ARI, and ARI was renamed Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. (AOA). This merger created a single organization that represents all facets of the North American alpaca industry.