Shearing Shed Set-Up & Fleece Preparation

There is a new document called Guidelines For Shearing Shed Set-Up And Fleece Preparation which replaces the Shearing Shed & Pre-Classing Code of Practice. The reason for this revision and updated is to inform members of best practice with regards to harvest of alpaca fleece. Members are encouraged to refer to these guidelines to maximise the potential return on their alpaca fleece clip.

To download this document login to our website and click on Resource Centre on the main top menu. Once in there you will see a left hand side menu and in that a link to a section on Fleece. The document can be found at the top of the page.


New AAA Promotional Video Watch this space!

A new video for the Australian alpaca industry will be launched on Friday afternoon at the 2015 National Show and Sale in Sydney. The video promotes the Australian alpaca industry which has a history of more than 25 years in this country. The video will be available via our YouTube channel click here to subscribe.

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.
Find out more about Loani Prior at, 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 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.




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


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....