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Paca Talk #13–Alpacas in the News for July 17, 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. This is Alpacas in the News for July 17, 2009.

Alpaca Industry News

July 13, 2009

2009 National Alpaca Farm Days

The third annual National Alpaca Farm Days is September 26 and 27, 2009!

Registration is open!  Go to www.alpacaowners.com and click on the National Alpaca Farm Days tab to register your farm to participate in a national advertised event!

National Alpaca Farm Days is an opportunity for every member to “get on the map” of alpaca farms and ranches.  This event is a national recognized weekend with built in help for participating member farms and ranches.

Use your imagination to make visitor’s farm experience memorable.  AOBA has suggestions and marketing items available to participating farms.  Be creative and make this weekend special by adding your own style.

Questions about National Alpaca Farm Day?  Contact AOBA office at
member@aobamail.com or val@starralpacafarm.com.


Sign up at www.nationalalpacafarmdays.com

July 13, 2009


For Immediate Release – July 13, 2009

The annual Marketing Survey is now open to members.  This survey is undertaken each year about this time to help the committee be as effective as possible in developing programs and services to support you.  To do this we would like to gain a better understanding of your needs and experiences.  Since this is an annual survey designed to track changes and trends in the industry, some of the questions have been repeated from previous surveys so that we can compare the aggregate responses of our members from year to year and monitor changes.

Please complete the following survey by July 31, 2009

No matter how new you are to our industry, your feedback is critical.  Survey results will be used for future planning.  For technical assistance or questions about the survey, please contact Barb Nuessle, Marketing Committee member, by email:  bnuessle@aol.com or Phone:  (609) 884-0563.

Click on this link to complete the survey:

Thank You,
AOBA Marketing Committee

July 15, 2009

Membership Committee Needs Volunteers

For Immediate Release – July 15, 2009

The AOBA Membership Committee needs volunteers to serve on the Committee.  Working with the committee you will have the chance to have an impact on structure as well as to help fulfill the committee’s mission.

The mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the value and benefits of membership in AOBA.  The Membership Committee’s goal is to evaluate the needs and concerns of the AOBA membership to foster retention and the needs and concerns of potential members to promote AOBA membership growth.  We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic and creative, and who have a passion for developing membership benefit ideas and promoting AOBA membership.

If you have ideas for AOBA membership growth, please get in touch with AOBA Board liaison, Jess Bowers, alpacas@acresoflove.com

Thanks for your interest!

Jess Bowers
Membership Committee Liaison

Larry Dietsch
Membership Committee Chair

Alpacas in Mainstream Media

Fears after alpacas contract TB
BBC News – UK
An alpaca farmer in Cornwall has had to have four of her animals put down after they tested positive for Bovine TB. Under Department for Environment,
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Don’t let your alpacas get fat


Alpaca breeders have been warned to stop overfeeding their livestock.

Llama-Rama in Clark County
Evening News and Tribune – Jeffersonville,IN,USA
She owns lots of them, not to mention a handful of alpaca. She and co-leader Pam Hall run of the Luv-A-Lot Llama club through the Clark County 4-H Club.
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Wildlife rehabilitator gives injured animals second chance
Schenectady Gazette – Schenectady,NY,USA
Laraway’s center started off 15 years ago as a llama and alpaca rescue. The Laraways had bred the animals, using them for hiking and backpacking and for
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Things that make you go “Hmmm.”

Kissing an alpaca

Kissing an alpaca

Staten Island Zoo holds alpaca kissing contest
Staten Island Advance – SILive.com – Staten Island,NY,USA
by Staten Island Advance Hilton floresassemblyman Matthew Titone, winner of the Staten Island Zoo’s alpaca kissing contest, smooches the first of three
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Four Vie For Miss Frederick County Farm Bureau fitle
Frederick News Post (subscription) – Frederick,MD,USA
German lives on an alpaca farm, where she also raises cattle, chicken, horses, rabbits and swine. In addition, she works on another alpaca farm.
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Journalism in crisis? No, it’s a stubborn refusal to join the
guardian.co.uk – UK
She approvingly quotes Audije Alpaca, deputy general secretary of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, as saying: “If you complain, you may lose your job.
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I wonder what your family background is if your last name is “alpaca”?

Farm Shout-Outs

Angel Wood Alpaca Farm, Frog Hollow Farm, Unicorn Hollow’s, Fox Feather Farm Five barns on view in Tewksbury
Hunterdon County Democrat – Pittstown,NJ,USA
There will be special exhibits at three barns: equine and farm animal art by Jerilyn Weber, alpaca fiber spinning demonstrations by Frieda Goodrich of Angel
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