2017 05 May Newsletter

Here we are in the middle of May already.  For many shearing is complete or is happening very soon.  AOA National spin off and fleece deadlines have been extended.  Please consider saving some blankets for the fleece show and some spin off samples as well.  Our Wisconsin show always needs your entries as well.

Hope you had time to watch the “Knot A Llama” that featured Don Payne of Oaklawn Alpacas and Marge Morack from Greenbriar Farm in a documentary. If you missed it, a link to it is on our GLAA facebook page.  It was an excellent documentary and well worth viewing, made by Xochitz Marquez of MATC.  She was at the Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest doing some filming.  There is an upcoming segment on CBS that is a response to Senator Flake from AOA airing shortly.   Try to watch this also.

Calendar items:  Contact Leslie Herzog to have any member events placed on the website.  This site if for members’ usage, so please take advantage and list your events.

Board of Directors Vacancy Filled:  We are pleased to announce that Jan Clingman from Lodi Alpacas accepted the treasurer and board position.  She is busy getting everything transferred, in addition to working on the new website for GLAA.

Upcoming Events

Alpaca Odyssey and Farm Fest
Location: LondonDairy Alpacas- 6827 State Hwy 147, Mishicot, WI
When: June 4, 2017  9:30am-3 pm

This farm event benefits area youth programs and nonprofit organizations. Visitors to the rain or shine event can learn about and touch alpacas and be introduced to other animals by Wildlife of Wisconsin.  There will be interactive demonstrations of fiber spinning and carding, food and refreshments, music and vendors. Farm Fest is free, but guests are asked to bring canned food items or make a donation at the gate for Two Rivers/Mishicot Food Pantry.

Northeast Wisconsin Alpaca Basics Clinic 
Location: London Dairy Alpacas – 6827 State Hwy 147, Two Rivers, WI 54241
When 6/24/2017 9:00 AM – 6/24/2017 4:00 PM

Northeast Wisconsin Alpaca Basics Clinic cordially invites you to visit beautiful Northeast Wisconsin on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 to learn firsthand about the wonderful world of raising alpacas for fun and profit. Get advice and have questions answered by some of the highest regarded representatives in the industry; the successful owner of this farm and an international consultant. Learn directly from the owner, Kevin Stoer, Agricultural Judge and awarded FFA advisor. And also leading AOA Senior Alpaca Judge and past National Fiber Cooperative President, Wade Gease. This clinic is designed to benefit the newly interested or novice alpaca breeder. Welcome to our 30th clinic! Experience firsthand what it is like to interact with these gentle and captivating animals in our clinic sessions. You will learn about basic alpaca health, feed, handling, farm set ups, husbandry and what incredible tax advantages they offer! You will get a crash course on fiber characteristics and conformational aspects about the alpaca. This clinic will help you identify what you are buying and if the business is right for you. Meals & handouts are included. There are lots of opportunities to handling the alpacas, gather ideas and ask these industry experts your questions. Register by calling or email. Registration Fee: $50 single/ $75couple * Cancellations after payment will be credited toward a future clinic. Credit Cards by phone or Make checks payable to: LondonDairy Alpacas 6827 Hwy 147 Two Rivers, WI 54241 920-893-4165

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