Happy New Year for 2017.
The YAG Committee would like to wish a Happy New Year for 2017 to all its members.
Thank you for all your support and hard work throughout the year. We have many new ideas and plans for 2017 which will be announced early in the new year.
The Yorkshire Alpaca Group is one of many regional group within the British Alpaca Society (BAS).
Our objective is to enable local alpaca owners and breeders the opportunity to meet and offer a flow of information throughout the alpaca network.
Membership of YAG is not restricted solely to members of BAS and all owners are welcome.
Do you own or would like to know more about alpacas? Why not join us?
Annual Membership Fee (Breeder) £24
Annual Fee (Non-Breeder) £10
Alpaca owners and breeders are a friendly lot, and always pleased to share information with new members.
We provide courses through various members near you, why not give us a call?
Although not a new concept to Alpaca breeders, the shearing table is more popular in the USA than in the UK. Is there a lesson we can learn here?
We know that alpacas are a timid animal and shearing in the UK takes place at a time of the year when many females are not far from giving birth. It is therefore important that shearing is a non-stressful time for the female and a time when heavy handling is not recommended. A solution is using a shearing table which vastly reduces the amount of stress caused during shearing by preventing unnecessary force being used, for example throwing the alpaca onto the ground and tying then stretching its legs ready for shearing (would you like this being done to you?)..
The extra low loading position of a shearing table enabes a shearer to lift the alpaca from the cush position as well as standing position. Depending on manufacturer, the table uses a pneumatic ram to do the lifting instead of the handlers, thus reducing back injury and physical capability requirement.
Injuries from kicking back feet of alpacas are notorious and can be avoided when lifting with this table design.
For more information on shearing tables, please contact us More Info Please
Never before has there been such an exciting time to become a YAG member. We have lots of plans for 2017 which are all "hush-hush" at the moment, but come Spring our plans will be revealed. Whether you're a breeder or simply keep alpacas as pets, join YAG as a member and enrich your alpaca experience during 2017. For details visit our members page now and complete the online form.
Countryside Live - We had a fantastic frst-time visit to The Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, where we held our 2016 Alpaca Show. The public loved our alpacas and a lot of interest was generated. The second day of the weekend we held a fun-day which also proved positive and attracted many visitors. The video (above) gives an overall view of the show wrapped up into a few seconds, please take the time to view. Ideas are now invited for the 2017 show, YAG will have a dedicated committee team to run this and volunteers are most welcome!
Alpaca trekking is great way to experience the outdoors, whilst also enjoying some chill time with these fantastic animals.
Products made from alpaca fibre are very popular because of their softness and ability to keep you warm on those cold Wintery days.
If you are interested in buying alpacas as pets or indeed as a business, there are shows held UK wide to attend for the alpaca experience.
Top of the list for all alpaca breeders and owners is health and welfare of their herds. Call us for any advice you may need.