Following a period of member consultation, a revised set of IAR Rules was ratified by the Board on 16 February 2021.
Coat Colour Test
The recent webinar with Dr Kylie Munyard walked us through colour genetic research about inheritance patterns and molecular causes of all colours and patterns in alpacas. If you missed the webinar and you would like a catch-up option find out more.
The DNA tests now available on coat colour testing can be organised through the AAA office either individually or in conjunction with male certification or parentage verification
Shearing During COVID-19
All alpaca businesses must assess the risks associated with exposure to COVID-19 and implement control measures. For the alpaca industry, shearing is an essential service/practice and unlike shows cannot be canceled. Therefore the AAA recommends that all farmers assess the risk that COVID-19 presents to the health and safety of yourselves and your workers and implement control measures to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The AAA has prepared a set of shearing guidelines to assist members and their contractors to stay COVID safe during shearing season.
Each farmer should complete the “Shearer Essential Service Sample Letter” ( modify if they wish) on your own letterhead Shearer Essential Service Sample Letter
Keep a record of names and mobile number or email address of all workers for 28 days using an activity register such as this – Shearer Covid-19 Activity Register