Alpaca Courses

 

Keeping and handling alpacas

for new owners or those planning to buy alpacas

 

Next course date...
 

Friday March 1st 2024 - 9.30am- 4pm

 

Workshops on AlpacasIf you are a new owner or planning to buy alpacas in the near future we can offer a full day course with lunch, hand outs and completion certificate included. 

 

The course will be held at Yew Tree Alpacas, Anstey, Buntingford, Herts SG9 0DA 


Cost is £95 including lunch (No vat)

 

As British Alpaca Society (BAS) Affiliate Trainers Yew Tree Alpacas can run BAS approved courses which use a set of modules approved by the British Alpaca Society.

 

 

There will be a mix of  theory and practical sessions throughout the day. It will be split into two main sections basic day to day husbandry and healthcare in the morning followed by handling and halter training in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided with refreshments at the start and end of the day. 

 

There are a maximum of 9 places and we require a minimum of 5 bookings. If there are less than 5 bookings the course will either be cancelled (you will be fully refunded) or an alternative date given. 

The BAS modules 1-3 will be covered;

  - Feeding and basic management
  - Vaccination, worming and supplements
  - Catching your alpaca, Fitting a head collar, Halter training

 

 Lots of excellent information, practical on hand experiences to try.

 

 Loved every minute!

 

March 2022

 

 

Particularly interested in feet trimming as I was unsure but Penny and Stephen have shown how easy it really is.

 

  

March 2022

 

 

 

I learnt a lot, aspects on what I had wondered about have started to make sense.

 

The practical was very useful and also a reality check.

 

January 2022


  

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New Breeders Course (British Alpaca Society affiliated course)

for novice alpaca breeders and those thinking about breeding alpacas (full day)

 

Next Course: Saturday 16th March 10am - 4pm

 

Breeding Workshops on Alpacas

The course will be held at Yew Tree Alpacas, Anstey, Buntingford, Herts SG9 0DA


Cost is £95 including lunch (No vat)

 

This course is aimed at novice alpaca breeders or those new to breeding. It is ideal for those approaching their first breeding season or thinking of buying female alpacas (and possibly stud males) to start a breeding herd.

The course will be a mix of theory and practical sessions and will be split into two main sections; In the morning, what to look for in an alpaca (conformation and fleece) and options for breeding & mating. Birthing alpacas, covering preparation, the birthing period and post natal care in the afternoon.

Lunch will be provided, also coffee/tea & biscuits at the start and end of the day

Hard copy handouts and a certificate of completion are also included in the cost.

 

There are a maximum of 9 places and we require a minimum of 5 bookings. If there are less than 5 bookings the course will either be cancelled (you will be fully refunded) or an alternative date given. 

 

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Shearing Essentials & Uses for your Fleece

 

  

Next course date...

Saturday March 9th 2024 - 10.00am- 4pm
 
 
This British Alpaca Society (BAS) affiliated course is aimed at:
 
Novice/new owners approaching their first shearing day, also those thinking about alpaca ownership, wanting to know more about shearing, alpaca fleece and options for use
 

 As BAS Affiliated Trainers Yew Tree Alpacas are affiliated to run BAS approved courses which use a set of modules approved by the BAS. This course is a BAS affiliate course and will modules  5 & 6 approved by them.

 

  Subjects areas covered.....

 

  • Planning & preparation for shearing day
  • Equipment needed on the day (shearing day checklist)
  • Alpaca management before and on the day
  • How to sort/organise your newly sheared fleece on shearing day
  • Basics of assessing fleece quality
  • Fibre testing & understanding the results
  • Options for selling raw fleece
  • Ideas for using your alpaca fleece 

 

   

Location: Yew Tree Alpacas base at  Anstey near Buntingford, SG90DA

 

 

Lunch will be provided, also coffee/tea & biscuits on arrival during the day

Hard copy handouts and a certificate of completion are also included in the cost.

 

There are a maximum of 9 places and we require a minimum of 5 bookings. If there are less than 5 bookings the course will either be cancelled (you will be fully refunded) or an alternative date given. 

 

£95 for the day 10-4pm  

 

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Alpacas as a Business 

  

Next course date...

Wednesday April 24th 2024 - 10.30am- 4pm
 
 

This British Alpaca Society (BAS) affiliated course covers BAS module 9 and goes through the different options if considering alpacas as a business.  The key subject areas covered are listed below. It is not intended to be a detailed business course rather giving you the information and basics in order to decide whether this route may be one you would like to pursue.

 

  • Understanding different business options
  • Pros and cons of each
  • Planning & set up
  • Business basics
  • Researching your market
  • Marketing & sales
  • Resources - Staff & volunteers
 
 

Location: Yew Tree Alpacas base at  Anstey near Buntingford, SG90DA

 

Lunch will be provided, also coffee/tea & biscuits during the day

Hard copy handouts and a certificate of completion are also included in the cost.

 

There are a maximum of 9 places and we require a minimum of 5 bookings. If there are less than 5 bookings the course will either be cancelled (you will be fully refunded) or an alternative date given. 

 

£95 for the day 10.30-4pm

 

 

Book via our online shop (pay via card)

 

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For any questions prior to booking please call or email....

Tel: 01763 848257

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