Hello AOA Members!
In the past weeks, we have all experienced a shift in our lives due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Some of you are mandated to shelter in, while many others have chosen to do so.
First and foremost, our hearts go out to anyone who's been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. We've not heard that any of our members have been exposed directly and we pray it stays that way!
Second, AOA is no different than your business in that we are focused on keeping employees healthy. The majority of the office staff continues to work from home, keeping AOA business moving. Should you have registry or membership questions, now is a good time to give the office a call. In fact, now is the perfect time to get all those transfers taken care of. Modern technology allows us to continue business as usual from home.
Third, members are sharing ideas on how to promote alpacas and their businesses. In light of the ideas coming forth, the AOA Board has been discussing AOA's position on any plans that include face-to-face contact with the community.
We encourage you to please, comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and mandates. As Board President Brummet shared, "… realizing that a virus is an unbiased potential killer, it will infect any available host and we encourage you, our members, to think about your future business during this time. In time, the virus will abate. Alpaca farmers/ranchers should continue to make breeding plans and business plans that may be able to take advantage of sustainability interests, such as local agricultural production of not only food, but textiles, as well as virtual agritourism."
We want nothing more than for you and your families to be safe and healthy. As we move forward, please exercise caution and consider waiting to share your alpacas with the community during this time.
Here’s to you,
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