17
Sep
2018

Invitation to attend the Blackwattle Alpaca Yarn and Fibre Paddock to Product Workshop

This is a paid advert*.

This workshop is the true - Fibre and Feast Workshop and is a great way to gain an understanding of how to produce income from alpacas and how to use all that alpacas produce, either fibre, hides or meat. Would suit anyone interested in alpacas, either new breeders, established breeders wanting to diversify and those interested in entering the industry.  

The full day workshop will cover the following topics:

  • farm and work areas set up
  • farming comparisons - hobby and full scale commercial set ups - what is best for you
  • fibre - growing the best fibre, how to read fleece results, uses of the fibre (commercial and home industry)
  • skirting fleeces for fibre production and showing
  • setting up your shearing shed
  • mill production - current and future trends, what your mill can do for you,
  • what fibre is best to be processed and why, what products you can make with your fibre
  • hand crafting and hand dying yarn 
  • meat and hides
  • showing your alpacas

Workshop cost includes:

  • all course materials
  • lunch - 2 courses with local wined served during the meal
  • morning and afternoon tea
  • gift bag filled with local goodies
  • 10% discount voucher for purchases through the farm shop on the day

During the day you will get to taste all types of alpaca meat, learn how the meat is grown and processed, learn about a full scale commercial alpaca farm for meat and fibre, learn to skirt fleeces to increase their value, turn your hand at dyeing yarn and fibre in Angela's dye workshop, understand value adding your products, learn the value of alpaca fibre and what you can use it for. 

There will also have a guest speaker from SRBEC who will discuss business grant options and provide general business considerations. Angela will also provide a few hints and tips on social media placement of your farm and products and the importance of business branding (getting to right from the beginning and lessons learnt).

When and where?

  • 13th October
  • 9 am until 5 pm
  • One Tree Hill Alpacas - 315 Patemans Lane, Murrumbateman

Note: for those traveling to attend this workshop One Tree Hill Alpacas have contract arrangements with the local Abode Hotel who are offering a 7% discount at their hotel when booking a workshops. Contact Angela when booking to secure the dicount rate.

How much and where do I book?

Only 10 places left in this workshop so please book now to secure your spot.

Need more informtion? Contact Angela on: angela@onetreehillalpacas.com.au 

* in line with the NSW Region Communication Guideline.

10
Jul
2018

Drought Feeding

Struggling with feeding your alpacas during the drought? Drought feeding and planning for alpacas information, written by Dr Jane Vaughan, may help you make some informed feeding decisions.

Although the paper was written for a drought situation in 2012, it is still very relevant now. Although many of us have received some much welcome and needed rain in the past few weeks, many areas still have a long way to go to move out of drought conditions.

This information may not be new to everyone but refreshers are always good for us to review our feeding regimes and remind us of alpaca nutritional needs in drought and to consider what needs to be done in planning for drought. As per the attached paper, alpacas have high roughage needs and this cannot be ignored for the health and wellbeing of your alpacas.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Dr Jane Vaughan, Jane is a camelid veterinary specialist with over 25 years experience and has conducted various evidence based research and studies in collaboration with a number of universities. Jane is also a member of the Australian Alpaca Veterinarians group and was a past President for this group and is the current Secretary and newsletter Editor for the group. Jane has ongoing interests in alpaca related research and has presented lectures to Veterinarians, veterinary students and farmers both nationally and internationally on a range of topics related to alpacas including nutritional needs. Additionally, Jane is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Ruminant Nutrition.

Linked here.

16
Apr
2018

Reminder to all members that show results can be accessed via e alpaca, once you have logged on.

Converners wishing to have the show results loaded on this website need to email the results, in PDF version, to the Regional IT Coordinator - Abby Gold via: abby@goldviewalpacas.com.au 

3
Mar
2018

Request for Magazine Content

Do you have an article to submit for the next NSW Region Magazine, a funny or delightful alpaca or farm photo or do you have a stud male that you would like to advertise?

The next magazine is coming out soon so if you have anything that you would like add please contact our wonderful editor, Erin, via email: alpacachateditors@gmail.com

24
Jan
2018

CALLING ALL AG-PRENEURS

Farming Together provides free expert support in areas as diverse as digital marketing, financial planning, provenance building and food technology. We have more than 200 proven ag-consultants who can help you get export-ready, check supply contracts, form a co-op, launch a website, research transport options, develop blockchain or devise a marketing campaign … and it’s free.


The only requirements are that you be Australian citizens, that you are a group of at least two people (no family groupings, please) and that at least two of you are a farmer under the ATO guidelines.


Go to www.farmingtogether.com.au, click the green button and fill in the super-easy form.  You’ll get a phone consultation to sort out what services you need and then you’re on your way! (And did we mention that it's free?)

15
Jan
2018

e-News - new communication format

The NSW Region is now using a fresh new way to communicate with members. The first e-News was sent out this morning via a mail gate program.

Members will now receive emails from the region via this account and will appear in the format in the image. Future emails will be sent from the President, VP and Secretary, whose email addresses will appear following the NSW Members section of this email account.  

Please check your SPAM folders to make sure they are not being rejected by your computer. And also ensure your contact details are correct via e-Alpaca because the NSW Region uses the details in e-Alpaca to update the new mail gate system.

 

15
Jan
2018

Creating a New Alpaca Related Business?

Starting your own business can be an exciting but daunting time. To make sure you get off on the right foot, it’s important to plan properly and find out what’s involved.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, which is part of Business.gov.au have some really great information that will help you make business planning decisions.

Below is a section from their website for your consideration and use. More information can be found on their website.

Start the Planning

Things you should consider when starting your business include:

Starting your business checklist can guide you step by step through the process. 

You can also find specific information available for:

Planning for your business

Planning is very important when setting up your business. Having plans in place will allow you to:

  • set goals
  • track your progress
  • sell your business idea to others (e.g. potential investors)
  • know what to do when things don’t go to plan.

Find out more on how to develop your business plan.

To help you get started, check out the templates and tools, including:

Find more in the Templates and tools section.

11
Jan
2018

Safework Australia - support for small businesses

According to Safework Australia small businesses account for more than 95% of all Australian businesses and are responsible for the health and safety of approximately 4.8 million workers. These figures include alpaca farms that are run as businesses.

Small businesses have less than 20 workers and will often be single director companies and family businesses. Leaders of these businesses are likely to be part of the day-to-day work and workplace.

Small businesses have health and safety obligations to not only their workers but to their visitors. Farms have more hazards and risks than usual workplaces so it is very important as farm owners to understand and manage those risks.

The Safework Australia site has some great support material to help guide you through your health and safety obligations.

Link here.