Alpaca Courses and Training Days

These alpaca specific courses have been designed for those who are interested in learning more about keeping alpacas and the alpaca industry. We also offer an advanced alpaca assessment course for existing owners who would like to learn more about maximising their investment through improving their breeding programme and alpaca assessment skills.

The alpaca courses that we offer are friendly, informative and above all, are designed to teach skills and pass on knowledge about all aspects of alpaca ownership and the lifestyle and financial opportunities they present.

The courses are delivered by Inca Alpaca owner Tim Hey. Tim has been farming alpacas for over twenty years and is currently a British Alpaca Society (BAS) judge, judge trainer and sits on the BAS national board. To find out more about Tim click here

NEXT ALPACA COURSE

An Introduction to Alpacas: This course will run in the summer of 2016. 

Held at Inca Alpaca, Amberley Farm, Higher Chilfrome, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0HU.
All courses are delivered by Tim Hey who is a British Alpaca Society show judge and alpaca breeder with over 20 years experience.

Programme for Introductory Course:

photo-of-introduction-cours9.30am

– Welcome to Inca Alpaca, coffee/tea
– Overview of the UK, European and World alpaca production. Why we keep and farm alpacas here in the UK.
– Alpaca assessment and overview, both huacaya and suri – conformation and fleece characteristics: coverage, density, fineness, crimp (huacaya), lockstructure (suri), brightness/lustre and colour uniformity.
– Introduction to the alpaca, understand how to handle them and recognise and assess conformation and fleece traits. What to look for when selecting alpacas to buy.
– Show classes. Why we attend shows and what the judge is looking for.

inca-alpaca-course-3-web12.30pm – Lunch

– Husbandry overview: health assessment and body scoring, toe nail trimming, worming, vaccinations, ear tagging, micro-chipping, keeping records. Halter training.
– Farm layout – grazing requirements, paddock care and improvement; fencing, catch pens, sheds/shelters, watering system and handling procedures.
– Alpacas’ nutritional requirements – feed, hay and supplements.
– Alpaca fleece – it’s value: shearing and processing through to finished garments.
– Financial commitments – running costs, tax advantages and potential returns.

photo_of_introduction_course_2_web3.30pm – Close. Coffee/tea

Cost: £65 + VAT per person: includes workshop, lunch and course notes. (£58 + VAT each, for two bookings).

Please note:

Minimum number of attendees for this course – six. Course open to adults or accompanied children over twelve years of age. Warm clothing and boots that can be dipped in disinfectant are essential. For a map of the course location and address please click here
To find out more or to book a place of this course please email us or call Tim on +44 (0)7875532827.

Advanced Coloured Alpaca Assessment and Breeding Course.

Date not set. Please contact us to register your interest.
Programme for Advanced Coloured Alpaca Assessment and Breeding:

9.30am

– Welcome to Inca Alpaca, coffee/tea
– Overview of the UK, European and World coloured alpaca production. Why we farm coloured alpacas here in the UK.
– Alpaca assessment and overview in the classroom.
– Huacaya conformation and fleece characteristics: coverage, density, fineness, crimp, brightness, primary and secondary follicles, primary fibre assessment, skin testing and colour uniformity.
– Assessing the above traits on the live alpaca.
– What to look for when selecting alpacas to buy.

12.30pm – Lunch

– Herd Sire Assessment and Selection
– Breeding examples: The impact of different sires on selected females.
– Cria quality assessment.
– Adult alpaca assessment. Alpacas between 4 and 12 years.
– How to select alpacas for the show ring.
– Breeding and marketing tips and techniques.

3.30pm – Close. Coffee/tea

Cost: £75 per person: includes workshop, lunch and course notes. (£65 each, for two bookings).
Please note:

Minimum number of attendees for this course – four. Course open to adults or accompanied children over twelve years of age. Warm clothing and boots that can be dipped in disinfectant are recommended. For a map of the course location and address please click here