New publication by RIRDC on AI research

Advancing assisted reproductive technologies in camelids (especially the alpaca).

Despite being widely used for long-term storage and dissemination of male genetic material in many species, semen cryopreservation and artificial insemination (AI) are not well-developed for camelids. The main reason for the delay in developing these technologies is the poor semen quality of camelids and the viscous nature of the seminal plasma, particularly in alpacas and llamas. An effective sperm cryopreservation and artificial insemination program would allow alpaca producers to cheaply and safely disseminate superior male genetics throughout the national herd and beyond.

This report is aimed at all alpaca industry members and researchers in camelid reproduction and production. Alpaca farms are spread across Australia, but concentrated in the eastern states. All alpaca producers will find this report relevant. It will be of particular interest to those already incorporating assisted reproductive technologies (such as embryo transfer) into their husbandry or those wanting to increase the genetic diversity of their herd.

To download a PDF version of this report please click here.

AAA Alpunka Member Exclusive

Our runaway hit “Alpunka” hats and scarves were designed exclusively for the Australian Alpaca Association membership, and are a fun, memorable way to hero the soft luxury of pure Australian Alpaca fibre. 

As a member of the Australian Alpaca Association, you are entitled to use this exclusive pattern as a promotional device to inspire more knitters to put some Australian Alpaca across their needles.
 
We have re-designed the Alpunka pattern into a sleek double-sided A4 that is free for members to print and gift: it’s a particularly effective tool for driving sales bundled with the required yarn into your custom kit to produce the pieces.
 
The designs are by renowned knitting designer Loani Prior of “Queen of the Tea Cosies” fame.  The pattern is constantly sought wherever the Australian Alpaca Showcase and its Alpunka Magazine Selfie activation appears.
 
Remember:  The pattern is FREE for you to use as a current AAA member.  It can be gifted by you to others for free, with or without product purchase, but cannot be sold separately.  Alpunka hats & scarves are also not for separate sale without prior agreement of the artist.
 
Your link to download this free, fast-print A4 double sided knitting pattern is below.
 
 
These images below are available for social media use to promote your knitting kits. Simply click on the image to download a larger version for your use.
 
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Find out more about Loani Prior at grandpurlbaa.com, or follow her on Facebook to experience the Tea Cosy magic and let her know you’re doing your best to “breed” more Alpunkas.  Connect with Loani to share your Alpunka news, she’d love to hear from you.  Tag your Alpunka online activity to add to the fun:  #alpunka #australianalpaca #alpaca
 
Need more info?  Contact hello@gggrass.com.au for details.
 
Happy Alpunka-ing.  We’d love to see the work you’re doing – share the details online, and if posting, remember to include #AustralianAlpaca #Alpaca #Alpunka, to help build the story.

 

NAB PROCESSING OF PAYMENTS

NAB PROCESSING OF PAYMENTS

 
The National Australia Bank upgraded their payment system on 31 May and are subsequently experiencing difficulties with this upgrade.  As the AAA uses the NAB as our payment gateway, this upgrade has affected the processing of AAA payments (Membership renewal, online shop and registrations).  This hardware upgrade is still to be completed and in the interim there will be some issues with timeouts and processing of payments. The NAB have advised the issue is 100% at their end, it is system wide and nothing to do with how it interacts with the ABRI software.  We are in constant communications with the NAB who will rectify the problem as soon as possible.  In the meantime we would appreciate if all members could hold off processing transactions until further notice.  As soon as we know, we will advise you accordingly.
 
Thank you for your patience at this time.
 
The AAA Office

 

New Members Offer

PROMOTE, GROW, CONNECT, LEARN, SUPPORT & BE SUPPORTED

The Australian Alpaca Association invites NEW MEMBERS with an End of Financial Year SPECIAL OFFER.

JOIN NOW for 2015/16 and get FREE* membership in the current financial year.

*AAA is waiving part payment of fees for new members for the remainder of this financial year.

You can download a flyer's for promotion of this great offer here....

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Australian Alpaca Week 2-10 May 2015

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With only five weeks to go until 2015 Australian Alpaca Week, there have never been more reasons to be excited about the Smart Future of our industry and the promotional initiatives that are programmed to generate the public attention it deserves.

If you'd like to join the fun, jump online now at http://www.alpaca.asn.au/member-services/australian-alpaca-week-2014 and sign your stud up to help bring Australian Alpaca's story to life for Australian this 2-10 May 2015.

Our Future: Looking Good in Australian Alpaca

This May, Australian Alpaca Week celebrates 25 years of the alpaca industry in Australia. The first alpacas to land in Australia made for quite a sight as the unusual looking livestock from South America took bold steps into our foreign paddocks. Who would have guessed how well suited to their new home they would prove to be?

Today, the industry has grown from those small initial shipments to a national herd of more than 160,000 animals creating a very smart future in Australian farming serving elite breeding, luxury fibre and gourmet meat industries.

During Australian Alpaca Week, May 2-10, this fine and strong future will be yours to feel as alpaca studs open around the country to invite you to run your hands through the silky soft fleece of the Australian alpaca.

Meet these fascinating animals with their environmentally friendly credentials as they bring increasing value to the agriculture industry, and great personality to Australian farming on lifestyle properties, smallholdings and major pastoral ventures around the nation.

The world has fallen in love with the quality of Australian alpaca, now its your turn.

EVENT: Australian Alpaca Week Open Farms
WHERE: Alpaca Studs and Farms throughout Australia
WHEN: May 2 - May 10, 2015, including two weekends
WHAT: Visit farms to meet and pat alpacas and their young cria, enjoy a range of activities which may include children's handling classes, animal feeding, yarn spinning demonstrations, alpaca and alpaca products to buy, paddock tours & more, all with plenty of country hospitality.

 

Good News for Fleece Exhibitors

at the Royal Bathurst and Hawkesbury Shows.

There has been provision made for alpaca fleece exhibitors to have their fleece entries transported free, straight from the Royal Bathurst Show to the Hawkesbury Show.

The fleece will then either be transported back to Bathurst or Mudgee, or posted to the exhibitor after the Hawkesbury Show.
Fleeces being returned to the exhibitor by post will cost $10 per fleece unless the fleece has been weighed and the correct postage added to the cost of entry for the Hawkesbury Show.

If you wish to enter both shows, please enter them separately (see the Hawkesbury show web site for details) and include return postage IF required on the Hawkesbury entry.

Please indicate on your entry, when entering fleece for the Royal Bathurst Show, if you have also entered the Hawkesbury Show as well.