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April 28 - 29, 2017
5273 Hornitos Rd
Epic Alpacas, A Paca Fun Farm, Patagonia Estates, Crescent Moon Ranch, and Menagerie Hill Alpacas
Amazing Greys Education and Auction
Amazing Greys - A Celebration of Grey
"Amazing Greys" will once again be the marquee event in the grey huacaya world, offering breeder education, a live auction, and the opportunity to talk and network with other grey breeders from every corner of the US. Held on April 28-29 in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, the event will offer seminars to help you with your grey breeding program, an alpaca auction with some of the best grey genetics from all over the country, and a herdsire gallery to show you the most amazing grey studs available in the marketplace. There simply is no better place to see and learn about the best of the best in the grey huacaya world.
-- Speakers include Neil Padgett, Scott Miller, Daryl Krause, and Ian Watt
-- Auction animals include champion dams, fabulous maidens, junior herdsires with" all the makings", and an established, proven herdsire
--The herdsire gallery will profile the best grey males in the U.S., right there for you to see all in one place
Attendance is free and best of all, you have two ways to attend - you can either come to the event and experience it all live, in-person; or enjoy it from your own home live-streamed over the internet, including the seminars and auction! Attendees onsite will be invited to join us on the Friday night for a complimentary dinner and live entertainment, as well as lunch during the day on Saturday.
For more information, visit the website at www.AmazingGreysAlpacas.com.
April 29, 2017
38618 Vineland St
Alpacas del Valle Cereza
Introduction to Genetics and Alpaca Breeding Programs
Success is the Product of Design, Not Luck
Join us on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 to Learn How to Design Your Successful Alpaca Breeding Program.
Do you know your haploids from your diploids? Do you think linked traits are a new fashion trend? Are you of the opinion that incomplete codominance is a failed social experiment? Is Gregor Mendel the myopic alter ego of a superhero, or maybe Charles Darwin was the original Executive Producer for the now famous Darwin Awards Competition? If none of this makes sense to you but you want to breed better alpacas, then come to the Alpacas del Valle Cereza seminar:
Introduction to Genetics and Alpaca Breeding Programs.*
*9 out of 10 past participants saw a significant reduction in the heterozygosity of their alpaca herd after attending this seminar.
Topics covered include:
*Genetics for beginners.
*Defining your breeding goals.
*Evaluating your herd.
*Types of breeding programs/strategies
*Fiber Histograms and EPDs - What are they and why they matter.
$25.00/participant includes course materials, snacks and lunch.
April 29, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Presented by Lisa Shimeld, M.S.
20 years in Alpacas, 30 years of teaching Biology, Genetics and Microbiology
Certified Livestock Appraiser, Retired AOBA Alpaca Judge
May 13, 2017
Island Alpaca Co.
1 Head of the Pond Road
Island Alpaca Co.
Alpaca BIrthing-Neonatal Clinic
Island Alpaca Farm will host their full day seminar with Dr. Cheryl DeWitt. Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm for a most invaluable hands-on experience for all breeders or soon to be breeders.
Class Summary: This clinic will be comprised of a morning lecture with a power-point presentation, to cover female reproduction/breeding; reproductive anatomy and physiology, breeding and pregnancy diagnosis options, gestational development, care of the pregnant dam, normal and abnormal criation and care of the newborn as well as the high-risk cria.
The afternoon will include a "hands-in" "wet-lab" using uterine simulators, will challenge registrants to diagnose the contents of the uterus, discuss a proposed delivery plan, identify and correct dystocias to deliver the cria safely. Emergency training, and a lot of fun!
Summary of Topics include:
- Reproductive cycle in the Female
- Behavior Testing: When is the optimum time to breed?
- How a Dam prepares for birth
- Nutrition/Feeding during pregnancy
- When to Vaccinate, worm the dam
- Preparing for delivery
- Three Stages of labor
- Supplies to have on hand
- Reproductive Emergencies, and Signs that â€˜something may be wrongâ€™
- What you can do during a malpositioned birth
- Post partum care
- Care of the newborn cria
- Premature Crias
- Vaccinations for Crias
- The importance of Colostrum
- Infertility Issues: Indications of problems in new crias such as choanal atresia (closed nasal passages), heart or lung problems, hypothermia, diarrhea, dehydration, limb deformities, hernia and more...
Increase your confidence in learning to deal with emergency situations that may arise. The facts and simple techniques you learn at this clinic may help you save that valuable cria. Take the time now to learn before it's too late. Will you be ready???
If you have taken this class before, do consider again, as a refresher, and Dr. Dewitt will be presenting new material this year on cria-care.
Biography: Dr. Cheryl DeWitt, DVM is an associate veterinarian at Camelid Veterinary Services. She attended North Carolina State University for graduate studies, then relocated to Ohio to work in camelid medicine. She has also been an active participant in Dr. Stephen Purdy's Nunoa Project in Peru, a program to establish self sustaining programs in the areas of: support for underprivileged children and herding families, veterinary assistance for livestock, and tourism for the Nunoa area.
Light breakfast, and full lunch included. One course book provided for each farm. (additional course books available for $20). Registration is $195 per person, $175, second participant from the same farm. $100 for repeat guests. Call to reserve your space, or register online! ( Link below )
10% Hotel discount at The Mansion House-just a two-minute walk from the ferry! We are easily accessible from the Steamship Authority. Car is not necessary. Island Alpaca Farm is just 2-1/2 miles from the ferry. Island Alpaca will shuttle you from the 8:15 am ferry by request, and bus service available by Vineyard Transit from the ferry, bus #1, or by taxi.
Refer a friend or another farm: Receive a $25 gift-code to our online Gift-Shop whether you are participating or not!