Youth in alpacas
The AAA has recently been involved in the establishment of the Australian Alpaca Youth and Education Committee to create a structure and forum for young breeders and teenagers interested in alpaca careers. Leading breeders, judges and camelid veterinary experts are contributing to the youth organisation with the motivation that alpaca plus youth equals future.
A combination of show events, workshops and youth camps give AAY members opportunities to further develop their husbandry and handling skills and knowledge in judging fleece and animal conformation.
One of the current strategies for the AAA is to increase youth membership. At the beginning of 2018, the AAA had seven youth members out of more than 1,000 members in the association. This does not provide a platform for growth of the organisation or the future of the industry.
Whilst they are highly valued and experienced, the average age of AAA members is not getting any younger and to ensure sustainability, we need to proactively recruit new members across a broad range, focusing on youth. One of the current strategies for the AAA is to increase youth membership. As part of this strategy, the AAA dropped the fee for youth membership to $50 annually.
There are many benefits of membership of the AAA, but there is also responsibility which goes with it – namely that staff costs, marketing and positioning of the organisation, development of judges and systems of shows as well as insurances for the organisations activities are paid for by membership fees.
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The AAA offers memberships to schools with an agricultural program free membership. Contact us for more information regarding youth membership at firstname.lastname@example.org.