EAG’s first plasma drive took place on 17 May. Organised and hosted by Harley Laver with Laura from Westpoint vets taking the blood, four farms took part. A plasma drive Continue reading “EAG’S PLASMA DRIVE SAVES TWO LIVES”
The Highwayman once again provided tasty food and the venue for our January Social Event. As our chairman Rob Wales explained, Jo Bridge has had to step down as Shows Representative but Harley Laver has enthusiastically taken up the challenge.
Harley got straight to work by signing up volunteers for the Fleece Show.
After the meal we adjourned to a rather chilly conservatory where Simon Illett from Moat Alpacas took up an improvised gavel to auction off the services of 8 great studs, all standing in our region. Their owners had all agreed to donate 40% (or in the case of Berryfields and Lopham 100%) of the stud fee to support EAG.
The auction raised £906 which will go towards the reserves for a future halter show.
Due to the topical concerns over Bovine TB, the Eastern Alpaca Group arranged a meeting to discuss this topic for which the Chairman of the British Alpaca Society, Ron Mackintosh, kindly agreed to come along to the meeting to describe his personal experiences with Btb.
The meeting was held at Diss High School in Norfolk on Tuesday 4th April at 7pm and proved of great interest to the EAG members, local vets and others. £5 payable on the door covered the cost of hiring the hall and providing tea, coffee and biscuits and re-imbursed Ron for travel expenses. A small surplus from this was donated to BAS Welfare fund earmarked for TB.
Ron gave his personal experience on how to be pro-active to minimise the impact of the disease if it somehow effects your herd. He gave up to date information on what the BAS has been doing with respect to negotiations with DEFRA and APHA and the various methods of testing and presented data from his own experience.
After Ron’s talk there was a lively discussion and questions and and answer session and everybody came away with a better understanding of the current situation with Btb.
Graham and Jenny MacHarg gave an excellent talk on the successful Fowberry approach to feeding alpacas so as to maximize the health of the alpacas and the quality and quantity of their fibre. It soon became clear that this is much more than just providing plenty of nutrition in the third trimester (when the secondary follicles are forming). Continue reading “Feeding for Fibre Event -3rd Dec 2016”
Rob and Anne Wales provided the venue for our October Alpaca Talk in Suffolk. With numbers limited to 25, it was a sell out event. The day began with a panel session on alpaca husbandry which was opened by Pauline and David talking about their experiences of birthing. A key message was that most births are problem free, so watch from a distance using binoculars. Continue reading “Alpaca Talk on 1st October 2016”
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.