All things alpaca at the National Show…

Why not visit the BAS National Show on 24th and 25th March. As well as over 600 Alpacas competing for the Supreme Champion Title, there will be a multitude of tradestands for you to browse and gather information and advice. Here are just a few…..

Alpaca Seller – matching alpaca buyers and sellers in the UK and across the world…https://www.alpacaseller.com

Armitage Livestock Insurance – for all your alpaca and smallholder insurance needs…https://hhinsurancebrokers.co.uk/smallholders/

Hensting Alpacas – for an alpaca walking franchise – a unique business opportunity https://www.alpaca-walking-franchise.co.uk

Simply Alpaca – for unforgettable alpaca experiences and much much more…http://simplyalpaca.co.uk/

Peruvian Secrets for tailor-made, escorted tours of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina & Brazil. https://peruviansecrets.co.uk/

Top tips from the professionals, part 2…!

One week to go before the BAS National Show! The guys at Toft Alpacas have kindly offered ten top tips for a successful show.

1. Continue halter training up to the event, little and often is best.
2. Put your show team into clean paddocks where they can’t pick up small branches, moss or any other debris that particularly Juniors attract.
3. Check that their microchips and eartags are still there and maybe even give the tags a wash before covering with tape before you set off for the show.
4. Trim toenails and tidy top knots if they are struggling to see. It’s surprising how much easier an alpaca moves when he can see!
5. Tidy up your show box in plenty of time. Have you got toenail clippers in there just in case you forgot or didn’t have time to do before you leave? Some people carry a spare microchip and inserter. We have in the box scissors, pens and all halters and head collars.
6. Are your white coats cleaned and ironed?
7. How many water buckets are you taking? What are you going to put the hay in ? Will it hang on your pen? Do you have troughs for hard feed?
8. Remember these show alpacas are coming off grass for at least three days. Try not to completely change their diet. Some breeders carry Buscopan in case of stomach spasms/ ache.
9. Have you got promotional / advertising material with you?
10. Bottled water for yourself can get costly at the show. Take drinks with you.

Our thanks to Shirley and Rob at http://www.toft-alpacas.co.uk

Important exhibitor documents now available on the home page

Thank you to our Silver sponsors….

The BAS National Show would like to take the opportunity to thanks all of this year’s Silver sponsors for their support, come along and visit them on 24th and 25th March at this year’s show.

Our Silver Sponsors are;

Alpha Alpacas http://www.alphaalpacas.com/

Artwork Alpacas http://artworkalpacas.com/

Blackberry Alpacas http://blackberryalpacas.co.uk/

Charnwood Forest Alpacas http://www.pukkapacas.com/

Dreamcoat Alpacas

Popham Alpacas http://www.pophamalpacas.co.uk/

Toft Alpacas http://www.toft-alpacas.co.uk/

Redens Alpacas https://redensalpacas.com/

Fibre processing advice at the National Show

If its fibre processing you are interested or you would just like to talk to the experts, come along and visit the BAS National Show at the Telford International Centre on 24th and 25th March and speak to the guys from our exhibiting processing mills and equipment suppliers.

East Anglia Alpaca Mill – Specialising in turning your beautiful alpaca fibre into high quality yarns…http://www.eastangliaalpacamill.co.uk/

Two Rivers Mill – turning your alpaca fleece into high quality yarns for hand and machine knitting and weaving…http://www.tworiversmill.com/

Classic Carder – for beautiful handmade drum carders and accessories  http://classiccarder.co.uk/

Thank you to our Gold sponsors…

With continued support and sponsorship the BAS National Show goes from strength to strength, record numbers of entries were achieved again this year. We would like to take the opportunity to thanks all of the sponsors, most of whom will be exhibiting at the show.

Our Gold Sponsors this year are;

Ashwood Alpacas http://www.ashwoodalpacas.co.uk

Beck Brow Alpacas http://www.beckbrowalpacas.co.uk/

Fowberry Alpacas http://www.fowberry-alpacas.com/

Suri Stud http://www.suristud.co.uk/

Ashwood Logo Gold        

 

Equipment and supplies for your alpacas…

For all your Alpaca Equipment and Supplies come along and visit the BAS National Show at the Telford International Centre on 24th and 25th March the following companies will have a tradestand and will be more than happy to help you.

Marshwood Alpacas – exhibiting their Alpaca ‘Easy Pen’…
https://www.marshwood-alpacas.co.uk/product/alpaca-easy-pen/

Mary Roach Harnesses – for all your alpaca harness needs…

Fresh Group – cost effective, labour saving machinery and equipment for smallholders and alpaca owners…
https://www.fresh-group.com/

Sandhills Alpacas – exhibiting their ‘Alpaca Pod’…
http://www.tockwithalpacas.com/shop/alpaca-pods-poultry-pods-bespoke-field-shelters/

Surgical Systems Ltd – will be demonstrating their range of ultrasound scanners…http://www.photonsurgicalsystems.co.uk/product-category/veterinary/veterinary-ultrasound/

Thank you to Houghton Hall Alpacas

Many thanks once again to Houghton Hall Alpacas for their continued generous support of the BAS National Show as Platinum sponsors. Visit http://www.houghtonhallalpacas.co.uk/

Health and nutritional advice for your alpacas…

For all your Alpaca Health and Nutritional advice come along and visit the BAS National Show at the Telford International Centre on 24th and 25th March the following companies will have a tradestand and will be more than happy to help you.
www.basnationalshow.co.uk

JG Animal Health – for your alpaca mineral supplements and drenches…http://www.jganimalhealth.co.uk/

GWF Nutrition – for camelid feeds and supplements…
https://www.gwfnutrition.com/camelid-products

Emerald Green Feeds – for your alfalfa and grass based feed…https://emeraldgreenfeeds.co.uk/our-products-shop/

Eggs-Port – Eggs-Port Vitamin Gel and Fastract Jump Start for alpacas……https://www.facebook.com/eggsport21091989/

Wildwood Animal Health – for advice and information on worming programmes for your alpacas…http://wildwoodanimalhealth.co.uk.

Top tips from the professionals, part 1…!

With less than two weeks to go before the eve of the BAS National Show, here are ten top preparation tips from our Gold Sponsors Barbara and Paul at Beck Brow Alpacas.

1. PAT test all electrical equipment, take extension leads and cable ties.
2. Ensure trailers have been serviced and everything is in good working order.
3. Check microchips or ear tags.
4. Recent Faecal Egg Counts or worming.
5. Trim top knots if required & toe nails.
6. Check hotel reservation and directions.
7. Make sure your alpacas are confident on a halter and practice loading them
8. Remember that you are there for 3 days so pack plenty of food for the alpacas ( we once ran out of hay!)
9. Don’t forget your poo pan and brush
10. Take a camera to capture your memories, its a great event.

Many thanks to Barbara and Paul, if you’d like more information about Beck Brow Alpacas visit http://www.beckbrowalpacas.co.uk/