On Friday 29th July, Judges Jay Holland and Liz Barlow, supported by apprentice judge Viv Darcy, judged 122 alpaca fleeces at the first ever EAG fleece show. The judges commented that it was so well organized that no one would have known it was our first show. Continue reading “Fleece Show – A Resounding Success”
Twenty-five people attended EAG’s first AGM which was held at the Highwayman, near Ipswich, on Friday 1st July and was followed by a meal with a raffle.
Rob Wales (chairman) reviewed our first year and David Cooper (Treasurer) presented the accounts; Continue reading “AGM & Social Event – 1st July 2016”
From Issue 4 of our newsletter June 2016
Believe it or not EAG has been going for one year. In that year we have tried to cover different venues and different events. Starting last year in June we had an introductory social event at Woodbine Farm, then in September a morning session on grass management, followed by a fleece sorting demonstration. The post Christmas social event at the Highwayman was a great event with a quiz afterwards. The Birthing Workshop held at Butlers Farm in Essex in April sold out very quickly and no doubt all those that attended will benefit from the expertise of Karin Mueller.
A Birthing Workshop was held on 2nd April 2016 at 10pm at Butlers Farm, Willingale, Ongar, Essex, CM5 0QL. This was a full days workshop with camelid expert Karin Mueller covering all aspects of pregnancy, birthing and caring for the newborn.
From Issue 2 of our newsletter September 2015
From the 1st November 2015 the law will require users of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides or plant growth regulators to obtain a certificate of competence in order to use these products on their land. Continue reading “Use of Pesticides on Your Land”
From Issue 2 of our newslettter September 2015
Now that winter is on its way and the daylight hours are getting shorter it will soon be time to administer vitamin D to your alpacas. In their native country there are long hours of daylight all year round and bright skies, but here in the UK it is necessary to supplement your alpaca with Vitamin D to avoid lameness. Vitamin D is mixed with Vitamins A & E and can be administered either as a paste or as an injection.
Now that all your cria have been born it is time to get them micro-chipped and registered with the British Alpaca Society. Continue reading “Winter is on its Way”
From Issue 2 of the Newsletter September 2015
In their native country alpacas have evolved to survive on poor forage, grazing on relatively sparse grassland and coarse vegetation.
Our first event on Saturday 19th September 2015 at Woodbine Farm Alpacas was a great success with 36 people attending. Chris Keeble discussed grass management in the morning and Jo Bridge with Emma Taylor took us through the complexities of fleece skirting for showing and for processing. Continue reading “EAG’s first event – grass management and fleece skirting”
The new Eastern Alpaca Group was launched on Sunday 7th June 2015 with a social event. Over 20 people attended the event. Thank you to everyone that attended and especially those that travelled a long distance. Continue reading “Inaugral social event launches EAG”