Q-Alpaca

QAlpaca-200wWhether you are in the Alpaca MAP or not, the AAA Q-Alpaca Program has management benefits - Q-Alpaca improves the MAP and goes further.

Program Overview

Introduction to the AAA Q-Alpaca Program

This is an alpaca quality assurance program designed by the AAA Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Committee for voluntary use by members, and fully endorsed by all State and Federal animal health authorities.

The Program is designed to:

  1. Encourage easier and more affordable diagnosis monitoring, and management of known diseases, and so promote greater member participation.
  2. Give maximum reduction of risk that a defined Emergency Animal Disease (such as Foot and Mouth Disease) could affect your herd in the event of an outbreak in Australia.
  3. Ensure your alpaca herd remains healthy, by agreeing that any death within your herd is professionally investigated by the same approved veterinarian.
  4. Ensure there is a minimal chance of taking certain preventable infections and infestations to your client’s herd, as well as preventing the introduction of these conditions to your herd. Examples of such conditions include Johne’s Disease (JD), severe worm infestation, liver disease, gastric ulceration, liver fluke infestation, and coccidiosis.
  5. Allow those herds that are currently in the Alpaca Market Assurance Program (AlpacaMAP) for Johne’s Disease (JD) to get the benefit of an extra MN status point that is awarded to Q-Alpaca participants. These herds will be able to maintain their MN status without further faecal testing, provided they maintain their membership of the Program.
  6. Allow most herds that are NOT in the AlpacaMAP to gain the equivalence of MN1 status.

Why complete the forms?

These forms identify your herd, the numbers in it, and your participating veterinarian; it also ensures your herd is eligible. This means that your herd:

  1. Is not running on land that is also grazed by cattle, sheep, goats or deer, unless those species are in the appropriate Market Assurance Program.
  2. If sheep are grazed on the property that is used for alpaca, these sheep will have an ABC Score of at least 2.  (Members in the AlpacaMAP may be puzzled at the difference between this requirement and the lack of any such requirement in the MAP; the reason is that the MAP requires a continuous series of tests, whereas the Q-Alpaca Program relies on one examination after death. It could happen that if an alpaca developed OJD it could be excreting JD bacteria and carrying it to other properties and herds in the Q-Alpaca Program, and this would not be discovered until the post-mortem examination.)
  3. Is not running on property used in the previous 24 months for grazing dairy or dairy-cross cattle.

What is the cost of the Q-Alpaca Program?

There will be a modest annual fee for each herd to cover AAA administrative expenses for the Program. The fee for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 will be $28.00 for herds up to 20 registered alpacas, and $60.00 for larger registered herds, both including GST.   An additional management fee will be charged by your approved veterinarian, similar to the fee charged for management of the current AlpacaMAP.

What does the program entail?

The Program uses Forms to describe:

    1. A Herd and Property Management Plan, which is an agreement between the owner and their veterinarian to maintain Q-Alpaca Program requirements.
      PLEASE NOTE: Members currently in the AlpacaMAP can use their MAP Plan for the Q-Alpaca Program.
    2. Keeping of a register that identifies animals that come onto or leave your property.
    3. Provision of an Annual Stock Return to your veterinarian, containing herd (not financial) details similar to those needed for the Australian Taxation Office.
    4. An agreement with your veterinarian to conduct a post-mortem examination of any animal over 12 months of age that dies or is euthanased for any reason, and any cria under 12 months with a history of wasting or diarrhoea that dies or is euthanased.

PLEASE NOTE: This program now allows all veterinarians to conduct required post-mortem examinations.

Where can I find a Q-Alpaca member?

Download a list of current members for 2017-2018

Download the Q-Alpaca Logo Use

Financial members of the Australian Alpaca Association Ltd. Q-Alpaca Program are entitled to use the Q-Alpaca logo. We actively encourage members of the Q-Alpaca Program to do this as we believe it is an excellent way of promoting the member’s Q-Alpaca status, and we encourage members to place the logo on any relevant documentation.

Australian Alpaca Association Ltd. has therefore tried to be as flexible as possible in allowing financial members of the Q-Alpaca Program considerable freedom in the way in which they may use the logo.

These guidelines must, however, be followed as a condition of its use. They are simply intended to maintain a consistent look for the Q-Alpaca logo and to prevent its misuse.

  • The logo may be used on any stationery, marketing materials and member’s websites.
  • The logo, with the member’s Q-Alpaca number included, must be displayed in the format supplied by the AAA Ltd. National Office.
  • At no time must the use and/or context of the logo bring the Australian Alpaca Association Ltd. into disrepute. Australian Alpaca Association Ltd. will be entitled to request a member to remove the logo if, at its absolute discretion, it considers that continued use is prejudicial to the reputation of this alpaca quality assurance program
  • Q-Alpaca members may only use the logo for as long as they are a financial member of the QAlpaca Program. In the event that they are removed from the Q-Alpaca Program for any reason, they must immediately desist from using the logo.

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN FULLY ENDORSED BY THE ANIMAL HEALTH COMMITTEE (AHC) AND APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF AAA LTD.  AHC COMPRISES OF THE CHIEF VETERINARY OFFICERS (CVOs) OF THE COMMONWEALTH, STATES AND TERRITORIES, AND NEW ZEALAND, ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE AUSTRALIAN ANIMAL HEALTH LABORATORY (CSIRO), ANIMAL HEALTH AUSTRALIA AND BIOSECURITY AUSTRALIA.

THE BIOSECURITY AND ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR Q-ALPACA ADMINISTRATION, PROVIDED THAT THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF QUALITY ASSURANCE IS MAINTAINED.  PROCEDURES FOR THIS MAINTENANCE ARE INCLUDED IN THE FORMS THAT YOU AND YOUR APPROVED VETERINARIAN WILL COMPLETE.

Resources & Forms

The Q3 Annual Stock Return must be submitted to the office by the end of July 2017 together with payment of the annual fee.

Apply for Q-Alpaca Membership Now

Download & complete Form Q2 (above) between Herd Owner/Manager and Approved Veterinarian. Your Veterinarian should read and the guidelines for appraisal of property and herd management (Q5, above) before signing Q2.  Send the signed Q2 to the AAA office (PO Box 1076, Mitcham North, VIC 3132) and submit your application and payment below:

Q-Alpaca

Submitter's Details

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Are you the owner of the Alpacas on the property?(*)
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Are you the manager of the property?(*)
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Alpaca Details

Number of alpacas on property at date of application

Total number of alpaca on the property LESS than 12 months of age:(*)
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Total number of alpaca on the property 12 months of age and OVER:(*)
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Property Details

Property where the alpacas are kept

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Veterinarian who will run the Q-Alpaca Program for this property

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Have any dairy or dairy cross cattle been grazing on any part of your property in the past 24 months?(*)
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Is the herd currently in the CattleMAP?(*)
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what is the current ABC score for all these sheep?
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Do you currently have any deer grazing on any part of your Property?(*)
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Is the herd currently in the DeerMAP?(*)
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Billing Details

Please enter your billing details below:
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