Coco Alpacas take a trade stand…

Coco Alpacas will be having a stand at the BAS National Show at Telford, selling their range of alpaca wool and knitted accessories such as cosy socks, hats and scarves.  A local Shropshire business, Jane Potts of Coco Alpacas also has a shop in Church Stretton, just a few miles from Telford

Get your fleeces prepared…!

The BAS National Fleece Show will be judged by Mrs Liz Barlow and Mr Tim Hey on March 11th 2018.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity of showing off and getting feed-back on your alpacas’ fabulous fleeces.
This year’s fleece show is following the same format which is colour championships and all fleeces will be scientifically tested by AAFT.
The fleeces that are awarded rosettes/sashes will then on display next to the fibre zone at the International Centre, Telford on the 24th and 25th March 2018.
No time like the present to get your entries prepared! Closing date February 18th 2018.

Visit http://basnationalshow.co.uk/fleece-show/ for more information.

New for 2018 – Best awards for Appaloosa and Modern Grey

In acknowledgment of two emerging colour categories, the 2018 BAS National Show will be offering four ‘Best’ awards for the following alpacas, from within the huacaya and suri multi classes (180 and 280).

Best Huacaya Appaloosa

Best Huacaya Modern Grey

Best Suri Appaloosa

Best Suri Modern Grey

The above awards will be given in the same way that ‘Judges Choice Awards’ are given at some fleece shows. No definition will be used, instead the judges will use their discretion and experience when choosing the winners.

The BAS Board have approved these four special awards for the 2018 BAS National Show only.

Please support these four awards by entering your appaloosa and modern grey alpacas into classes 180 and 280. 

For details on sponsoring these four Best Sashes, please email Debbie at nationalshow@bas-uk.com

Have you done your registrations yet?

Have you registered your Show Team yet? Alpaca fleece comes in 16 officially recognised colours, so please use the official BAS or ARI colour chart on the mid side of the alpaca when deciding what colour to register your 2017 cria. It is also worth checking all of your show team, as many beige alpacas can turn white after they have been sheared once or twice.

Charts are available via the pedigree registry on the BAS website http://www.bas-uk.com/

The 2017 BAS National Show saw around 30 alpacas changing class due to incorrect colour registration on the Friday evening. Having to move alpacas into a new class disrupts the flow of the catalogue and it is not a good use of the exhibitor and stewards time, at what is, a very busy stage of the show. Thank you.

Happy New Year!

The organising committee of the BAS National Show would like to wish all competitors, sponsors, tradestand holders and supporters a very happy New Year!  We look forward to seeing you all at the Show on 24 and 25 March.

AAFT, testing fleeces for the BAS National Fleece Show

AAFT will once again be testing the fleeces at the BAS National Fleece Show in March 2018.  Since they started offering the service in the UK, AAFT have maintained a close and worthwhile working relationship with BAS, always seeking to improve the quality of alpaca fibre in the UK.  Their motto is ‘providing a comprehensive fibre testing service dedicated to the specific needs of alpaca breeders’.

Our thanks go to AAFT for continuing to offer this valuable service to the BAS National Fleece Show.

 

 

Severn Hospice, supported by the BAS National Show

Visitors the BAS National Show at the Telford International Centre on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018 will get a warm welcome from volunteers from Severn Hospice who help register visitors and provide information about the event.

Severn Hospice first opened in 1989 and since then has cared for 27,000 people in the Shropshire and Mid Wales area at one of their two hospices or in people’s own homes.

Entry to the National Show is via a donation of £2 per person or £5 per family to the Severn Hospice.

BAS National Show Gala Dinner, the chance to relax after a busy day at the Show…

Following feedback from previous years, the BAS National Show Gala dinner on the evening of Saturday 24 March will be a relaxed,  less formal evening in the Olive Tree restaurant (within the Holiday Inn).  There will be a choice of good food, a drink on arrival and entertainment provided by singer Joshua Reeve, before and after dinner. A great opportunity for a fun evening with fellow alpaca breeders, tickets will be available in the New Year.

A warm welcome awaits European alpaca owners…!

The British Alpaca Society extends an invitation to all European alpaca owners and breeders to attend our annual BAS National Show on the 24th and 25th of March 2018. Have you thought about coming to the BAS National Show from Mainland Europe? There will be approximately 90 breeders and 600 alpacas to see being judged, an informative fibre zone, including a fleece show, relevant trade stands and a gala dinner on the Saturday evening, Getting to the show is so easy! The Telford International Centre is in the Heart of the UK and is only 50 mins by car, taxi or train from Birmingham Airport (BHX) which is a major destination hub for most major European and International Airlines, many of whom fly into Birmingham daily. Hotels are located on the same site as the show and offer a discounted rate to those quoting BAS 2018. For more details of how to get to the show and where to stay, please visit the location page of the website.  Please come along to our show where you will receive a very warm welcome.

Two Rivers Mill will be at the BAS National Show…

Two Rivers Mill specialises in worsted processing of alpaca fibres, either as pure huacaya and suri or in blends with other fibres to suit different applications. They work with orders from 10kg to over 100kg.  Visit their stand at the BAS National Show on 24 and 25 March to talk to them about your fleeces.