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Paca Talk #12–Alpacas in the News for July 10, 2009.

 
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Welcome to Alpacas in the News, the weekly segment of Paca Talk dedicated to bringing you alpaca-related news items from around the world. I’m your host, Maren Bradley Anderson, and this is Alpacas in the News for July 10, 2009.

Alpaca Industry News

Dear AOBA Member:

I hope that you are enjoying the summer!

The AOBA Board of Directors has established a Communication Task Force to work on recommendations for improving two-way communication between the Board and the Membership.  This task force will, among other things, look at establishing a replacement for the Affiliate Congress, research better use of the internet and other options for improved two-way communication and consider ways of increasing membership input into important industry decisions.  We will need at least one or two individuals familiar with computers and internet communication options to serve on this committee.  Must be organized and willing to work hard (as a volunteer) in a team setting.  Patience and a sense of humor are a plus!

Contact Libby Forstner, AOBA Board Member, at libby@alpacafarm.com for more information.

Deadline is Saturday, July 11, 2009.

Alpacas in Mainstream Media

July 4
Alpaca herd hit by TB
The Cornishman – Truro,England,UK
HEARTBROKEN alpaca owner Dianne Summers is warning others in the South West to be on their guard, after four of her herd had to be put down because they
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July 9
Fears raised of growing TB problem in alpacas
Farmers Guardian – Preston,England,UK
By Alistair Driver THE inability of Government to force alpaca owners to test for bovine TB (bTB) and slaughter infected animals is allowing the disease to
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July 6
Poachers kill hundreds of vicunas
The Press Association
Vicunas are smaller cousins to the llama and alpaca and were once hunted almost to extinction. But environmentalists persuaded Andean villagers to switch to
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Things that make you go “Hmmm.”

July 9
Prematurely born seal ‘rescued’ from Saanich beach
BCLocalNews – Victoria,BC,Canada
Nicknamed Alpaca by aquarium staff, the male pup’s first 48 hours of life are a mystery. Weighing seven kilograms and with extra lanugo (hair usually lost
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Staten Island family fun: Pucker up for the Zoo
Staten Island Advance – SILive.com – Staten Island,NY,USA
Notable New Yorkers are lining up to kiss this alpaca at the Staten Island Zoo, July 11. STATEN ISLAND, NY — What would you do-oo-oo for your local zoo?

Farm Shout-Outs

Arrowhead Alpacas, WY An unpleasant haircut: Shearing alpacas poses a challenge, owners say
Casper Star-Tribune Online – Casper,WY,USA
Come winter, others also will be grateful for Fandango’s haircut — when wearing the cozy socks, scarves, hats and gloves created from alpaca fleece.
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Brookfeild Alpacas, UK Alapacas are set to be put out to stud [sic]
Esk Valley Today – Whitby,England,UK
By Caroline Gough IN JANUARY the Gazette told the story of how a Castleton man surprised locals when he took his pet alpaca to the pub.
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Sandollar Alpacas, WA Arts in brief
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald – Kennewick,WA,USA
Mingle with baby alpacas and breeders July 12 at Lazy Hazy Alpaca Dayz in Kennewick. The free event is sponsored by the Alpaca Breeders Co-op of the Greater
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July 12 at Lazy Hazy Alpaca Dayz in Kennewick.The free event is sponsored by the Alpaca Breeders Co-op of the Greater Tri-Cities and is noon to 5 p.m. at ,

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