2017 11 November Newsletter

November 2017 NEWSLETTER

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, and much success in your Holiday Sales.

GLAA Nomination Committee: We are in need of a few volunteers to serve on our Nomination Committee. According to our by-laws, in order to have an election, this committee is necessary, so please consider stepping up. All that is required is for the committee to accept nomination letters, email them to the members, email the ballot and determine the winners. If interested, please contact Chris Rogers at bapackerfan@aol.com. There are two seats up for re-election. Any member interested in running for a seat must submit their bio to the Nomination Committee.

AOA Student Design Competition: GLAA is sponsoring a student at the $250 level.

New Website: Work is coming along with the new site. OpenHerd updated their pages, and Jan is busy doing finishing touches on them. The seminar registration page should be ready shortly. Check out the new site here!

GLAA Membership Dues: 2017 memberships expire December 31. Renewal memberships are due by January 1, 2018. New members may Join GLAA HERE. Current members can Renew GLAA Membership HERE, and member login is required. Our website is secured with an SSL Certificate (https://) as well as secured by McAfee for online password and payment safety.

If you have not already, CREATE your user name, password and a directory listing on the new website. Please refer to the instructions at the foot of this newsletter. You may then proceed to renewing your membership and registering for the 2018 GLAA Winter Seminar.


January 27, 2018

Our Speaker:

Dr. Norm EvansDr. Norm Evans received his DVM degree from Auburn University in 1968. He started a mixed practice which became a 5-person practice. He did embryo transfer in cattle for 8 years and has done camelids for 29 years. Since 1996, his practice has been 100% camelid. He is author of 3 editions of The Alpaca Field Manual. While retired from active practice, he still works full time with field research of how an alpaca’s fiber production is affected by environment, male and female genetic traits as well as nutritional influences as measured by the skin biopsy and histogram.

The seminar this year is being held at Lecture Hall 212 in the Animal Science Building at UW-Madison at 1675 Observatory Drive. We are holding the seminar there because we are offering veterinary students this seminar free of charge. Ticket information will be posted closer to the event date.

Continental breakfast will be available at 8 a.m. Box lunches will be provided by PotBelly. A selection of sandwiches will be available on the registration form.

Topics selected for the seminar are:

  • Alpaca Nutrition
  • Parasites & Medications
  • Herd Health
  • Biopsies (if time permits)

Seminar cost is $55 for PAID 2018 GLAA members, $60 for PAID 2018 members from neighboring affiliates and $125 for non-members. After January 20th, the fees are $65 for GLAA members, $70 for affiliate members and $135 for non-members.

Host Hotel – Best Western Plus Inntower at 2424 University Ave. Room cost is $116, and the group code to receive this price is Alpaca 18. Phone number for hotel is 608-233-8778. Shuttle is available and will leave at 7:45 am for the seminar. Otherwise, there is free parking at Lot #36 at 1645 Observatory Drive, near the lecture hall. The hotel is a 6-minute walk to the seminar.

APRIL 28-29, 2018

Judged by certified AOA Spin-Off Judge Judy Glazer

Register for the Spin-Off online at
http://wisconsinalpacafiberfest.com/ starting November 1!!
Spin-off entry deadline is January 20, 2018.

Mail your spin-off entries to Chris Rogers by January 30 so we can get them to the Judge by early February.

Chris Rogers
Whisper Meadows Alpacas
4451 Whisper Lane
De Pere, WI 5411

All Spin-off entries must include:
(1) 2 oz. fiber sample, WEIGH CAREFULLY
(2) Copy of alpaca’s ARI certificate
(3) Color photo of alpaca (3 ½ X 5 or 4 X 6)
(4) Spin-off Entry Tag (print-off from online registration site)
(5) Check for $35 per entry to Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Fest (plus $8 for mailing back all entries)

Halter and Fleece Show opens February 1st 2018. Judge is Peter Kennedy. The show has different pens this coming year with the show going with Kritter Keepers. There is limited pen space (168), so register early. Show also has a new website that is still in production.