Tuberculosis the killer!
There is much debate at the moment around TB in Camelids, but how does this affect YAG Members? Lots of breeders have different opinions and views, so here at the Yorkshire Alpaca Group, we have done our research and can now give you the latest updated information as issued by DEFRA and the UK Government. Click here for more information.
Alpacas are good at hiding their ailments
It's always difficult to identify when you alpacas are not very well because they are quite astute at hiding their problems, often laid in the field and you simply don't recognise until its too late. Clcik trhe link to identfy some of the common ailments for alpacas and common treatment. The best and most reliable solution if in doubt is to call in the VET! Click the title above to view.
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?
The recent cold weather in Peru kills over 180,000 alpacas.
Unseasonably low temperatures and drought in Peru is responsible for the animals' deaths. Alpacas are not particularly good at foraging in cold weather, this report was made in January 2017.
Recent cold weather in the Ayacucho region of south-central Peru is being blamed for the deaths of up to 180,000 alpacas. These usually hardy animals appear to have been made vulnerable to the cold weather by a series of ongoing environmental factors.
Much of the region has been experiencing drought conditions since August 2016. Lack of water in lagoons had a direct impact on the alpacas' breeding season. Lack of rainfall also resulted in stunted grass growth, so the animals have endured poor grazing for several months, weakening them further.
Large numbers of deaths of alpacas, and the other South American camelids - llamas - are not unknown.
Outbreaks of extremely cold air from the Antarctic, known as friagens, occur during the winter months. The friagen of 2003 killed more than half of all the country's alpacas when temperatures plunged to minus 35 Celsius. Last winter's cold weather reportedly killed 50,000 alpacas in the southern Puno region.
The fact that these deaths have occurred in the summer months do make it very unusual, but alpacas are not quite as tough as people often think. They are not particularly good at foraging in cold or snowy weather. They also do not carry much body fat and their coats contain no water-resistant lanolin. In recent days, there have been reports of heavy rain in the region. It may be that the animals' coats have been penetrated by water, making them vulnerable to the combination of low temperatures and strong winds. Alpaca wool is a major export in Peru. More than $150m of fleeces are sent abroad each year.
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.
Success once more for YAG committee - following an appeal (via email) the first meeting was held on Tuesday 8th March of the newly formed Show Committee and was attended by a dozen alpaca breeders all keen to provide their services to ensure YAG maintain and deliver quality and professional shows. The group formed a committee and appointed tasks to various members attending the meeting, who will plan and communicate the complicated stages required to make YAG shows impressive and fun for all. Keep a watch on here for updates of plans and dates!
We are currently looking at setting up a page on the YAG website dedicated to our members items for sale. These could include Alpacas, Farm Equipment, Spare Hay, Feeding Troughs or Stock Trailers. If you have an item for sale, send us a picture, contact number, email address and price with short description. We can post it on the page for you for £10 for 3 months.
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.