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Paca Talk #15 – Alpacas in the News for 7/24/2009

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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 24, 2009. 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Tim!

Alpaca Industry News 

July 20, 2009

The 2010 AOBA BOD has unanimously decided to constitute the 2010 Nominating and Election Committee early this year in order to create a cost effective election, improve election documentation, explore electronic voting, improve overall processes and to establish the 2010 candidate selection and education process.

Jim Patrick, who as committee chairman ran our very successful 2009 election, has agreed to return and be the temporary chairperson of the committee.  As the committee members are selected and finalized, a recommendation for the 2010 Election Chairperson will be made by the committee.
We are calling for potential committee members (4 will be selected in addition to Jim Patrick).  The ideal committee members should have the following credentials:

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in the operation of an alpaca livestock business
  • >5 years experience in general business
  • Member of at least 1 AOBA affiliate for > 2 years
  • Willingness to NOT be considered in 2010 as a BOD candidate
  • Experience and interest in the marketing of alpaca fiber
  • Experience in showing alpacas
  • A willingness to devote a minimum of 2 hours a week to this committee
  • A spirit of making the impossible the possible!
  • Strong team player!
  • Willingness to serve 2 years if asked (2 members of the 2010 committee will be asked to return in 2011)

Interested parties should contact Jim Patrick only; prior to August 5, 2009.  Please call and /or email Jim at 214-505-0754 or patrickspastures@verizon.net.   As this committee is an independent entity, please do not contact the AOBA office.

2009 AOBA Student Design Competition

Now in its 7th year, the AOBA Student Competition is in full swing. Over 200 schools in North America have been contacted regarding the SDC, and the response from the instructors indicates this year will be the biggest participation of the 7 years of the competition. The mission of the competition is being realized, with alpaca fiber being incorporated into the curriculum of several design schools and colleges this fall! 

The Mission Statement for the AOBA Student Design Competition is:  To expose college-level art, fashion and textile design students and professors to the wonders of designing with alpaca fiber. By promoting the competition, we are ensuring the next generation of designers will be entering the workforce with a positive awareness of this amazing luxury fiber that can be utilized throughout their professional lives.  This is exactly what is happening, as we know several of our former student participants are now incorporating alpaca into their further education opportunities and careers in fashion and textiles.

Students from college level design schools across North America are being given a wide variety of alpaca yarn, roving and fabric donated from North American alpaca farms to design fashion and textile concept boards for their entries into the competition this fall semester.   The top four winning entries in each category will be awarded recognition in the form of plaques along with scholarships at the AOBA Winter Conference.

There are several ways to be a sponsor for the Student Design Competition:

  • Individual student sponsorships, where sponsors are matched up with nearby participating schools. $100 will sponsor a student entry. We anticipate over 100 student entries this year, the largest number ever for the competition!
  • Operational and scholarship donations, which fund the awards and scholarship funding for this year and the future. Various levels of monetary donations are available, and any amount is very much appreciated!
  • 100% alpaca yarn and roving in natural colors, which are sent to the participating school instructors for use in designing entries. Any amount helps!

All sponsors and donations will be recognized at www.alpacafashion.com , the home site for the competition. 

Materials and monetary donations are needed now to fulfill the school requests by the November 15, 2009 entry deadline and to fund the entry sponsorships, scholarship and awards parts of the competition. 

If your farm, business, and/or affiliate would like to become an SDC sponsor, please fill out the sponsor form available at www.alpacafashion.com/forms.asp  and send it with payment to AOBA. To donate yarn, roving and/or fabric, use the materials donation form and follow the instructions for shipping. 

For more information, and to donate yarn, roving and/or fabric, contact Ruth Fuqua, AOBA Student Design Competition Coordinator, Hickory Bluff Farms, Mt Juliet, TN 

at 615-444-4765 or hickorybluffalpacas@comcast.net


For Immediate Release – July 23, 2009

If you haven’t completed AOBA’s Annual Marketing Survey you still have one week to do so.  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 next Friday – 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

Alpacas in Mainstream Media

Coalition meets to take on issue of young adult unemployment

Medill Reports – Washington,DC,USA

Cheryl Friedman, 21, a recent graduate from the University of Illinois in Chicago, said she wants to start a non-profit alpaca farm retreat for battered …

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Organizers also believe start-up innovation is suffering. Saddled with debt, and lacking funds to get off the ground, many would-be young entrepreneurs are opting to place their business ideas on hold. 

Cheryl Friedman, 21, a recent graduate from the University of Illinois in Chicago, said she wants to start a non-profit alpaca farm retreat for battered women who have gone through the shelter system, but still need more time to recover. Retreat residents would help produce income for the farm by creating yarn out of alpaca wool.

“I’ve been looking for a job since October,” said Friedman. “With $20,000 in student loans that I’m going to have to start repaying in four months, I’m frantic to find a job, I will take almost anything that pays because I’m in that sort of situation, and I find that a lot of people everywhere are.”


Vanderburgh County 4-H Fair starts today

Evansville Courier & Press

By Staff Report Matthew Schnautz waits to be judged with his alpaca, Montana, during a showmanship class for llamas and alpacas at the Vanderburgh County …

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Things that Make You Go “Hmmm.”

Costume contest, with a twist

Evansville Courier & Press – Evansville,IN,USA

The Vanderburgh County 4-H Fair was holding a llama and alpaca contest with an unusual twist: a costume contest. This marked the first llama and alpaca …

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Farm Shout-Outs

Daybreak Criations Alpacas, CO Children get chance to meet alpacas
The Coloradoan – Fort Collins,CO,USA
BY DENISE HAINES • For the Coloradoan • July 16, 2009 Children and camp counselors from Lee Martinez Farm visited Daybreak Criations Alpacas in Bellvue on 
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Doreen Boudreau and Pita, New Brunswick, Canada Alpaca settles in on the farm
Times and Transcript – Moncton,New Brunswick,Canada
She’s considering starting an alpaca breeding program and, of course, Pita would be just the fella to get things rolling in that regard. 
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Bay Springs Alpaca Farm, NJ 
Cape May County Herald – NJ, United States
Stops include the Bay Springs Alpaca Farm and Sea Horse Farm. Please meet promptly at 10:20 am at Sea Horse Farm on Taylor Lane, right off of Seashore Road 
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Ballintotas Alpacas in Braeside, Canada Alpacas in fine form for Taste of the Valley
Kanata Kourier Standard – Canada
The Rouleau family poses with the alpacas. From left are Paloma and Chris Rouleau, Claddagh and Traleena Rouleau, Shannon Rouleau and Mocha, 
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Good Karma Farm Alpacas, Lakeside Alpaca Farm, Northern Solsstice Alpaca Farm, Maine Open Farm Day in Waldo County
VillageSoup Belfast – ME, USA
Visitors will have the opportunity to see the animals up close and feel why alpaca fiber is so highly desired. Mill tours will also be offered. 
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RanchoNC Alpacas, CA  Discover Calaveras…..RanchoNC Alpacas Style This Evening!
Pine Tree – Arnold,CA,USA
The Calaveras Visitors Bureau invites you to Discover Calaveras Agriculture at RanchoNC Alpacas, Thursday evening, July 16th at 5:30pm. 
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Paca Buddies 2009, CO Unusual Animals: The Alpaca Awakening
Alpacas have very long necks and fuzzy heads. They had been shorn, so they weren’t nearly as big as I had imagined. Surprisingly, they make very little 
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Warwickshire’s Toft Alpaca Shop, Conventry, England Coventry knitters on the rise of DIY culture and stitching in 
Coventry Telegraph – Coventry,England,UK
There was a spinning wheel made from plastic drainpipes, pre-shorn alpacas from Warwickshire’s Toft Alpaca Shop and more than 50 stalls spilling over the 
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Tri-Valley Alpacas, OH BioLargo Signs First Distributor to Exotic Animals — Tri-Valley 
SYS-CON Media (press release) – Montvale,NJ,USA
Tri-Valley Alpacas, Inc. specializes in breeding and raising huacaya alpacas and also works with other alpaca farms providing a full range of support 
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Joyful Journey Alpacas, WI  Hayward couple finds joy raising alpacas
FOX 21 Online
In Hayward, one couple has made a successful business out of raising these friendly critters at Joyful Journey Alpacas. At an alpaca farm in Hayward, 
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Sea Hill Farm Alpacas, NH North Berwick, Kittery Point farms among many in Maine to 
Foster’s Daily Democrat – Dover,NH,USA
Raw fiber, yarn and finished alpaca apparel available for sale. The facility is handicap accessible. From Interstate 95 take Exit 2, follow Route 236 South 
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