Summer 2003


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News: Royal Bath & West Show
Glorious summer sunshine and record crowds set the seal for the best Royal Bath & West Show ever

News: South of England Show
The first alpaca show event of the year in Britain kicked off in great style with the South of England Show

Alpaca Arrival…
A newcomer to camelids gives alpacas a big vote of confidence, reports John Gaye, as 169 animals arrive in the UK from Chile to establish the Collingwood herd

Penny Beels Profiled
The British Alpaca Fibre Co-operative, writes John Gaye, has undergone a restructuring of its operations and has appointed a new Chief Executive, Penny Beels, to work alongside the new Chairman, Arish Turle

What’s Behind
An embryonic interest in alpacas, a trip to Australia, some timely advice and ‘hey presto’; Chris Moor has the beginnings of something very useful

Camelid Handling Secrets
Fortunately for you Marty McGee never could keep a secret

Breeding Sound Examination of the Male Alpaca
Breeding sound examination (BSE) is a procedure that predicts the potential fertility of a male

Fiesta Time
Alpaca Fiesta 2003 is being organised by the International Alpaca Association and will take place in Arequipa, Peru from 10 to 16 November 2003

Coloured Suris
William Barnett DVM shares with us a tale of his continuing suri passion

Staying the Course
Susan Stuckey attended three training courses provided by well-known UK breeders for those new to alpaca keeping, and she reports here on her experiences

Colour at the Show
Maggie Krieger takes a look at the fibre colour distinctions made at the different alpaca shows around the world.

Cutting it Right
It is important to get shearing right – so that the best possible use can be made of your alpaca fibre

Better Fleece Sorting
Joy Whitehead suggests an approach to better fleece sorting

Getting Your Goat
John Gaye discovers how really getting your goat can pay-off in a big way

A Good Read
A number of excellent books have been published recently dealing with things alpaca.


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