Alpaca Education Registration

Alpacas 101 –  March 7, 2020

Cinco C’s Alpacas
$100 per person

This session is for those persons interested in raising alpacas. We will cover many topics including

  • Alpaca Facts & Basic Care
  • Overview of fiber & conformation
  • Farm / ranch requirements
  • Financial aspects
  • Alpaca Shows & Registration
  • Purchasing the right alpacas

Business Planning for Farmers & Ranchers – March 8, 2020

Cinco C’s Alpacas
$100 per person

This business planning session is more than filling out a form. It’s a series of exercises designed to make you look at your identity, offering, strategy as well as goals, target audience, likes/dislikes, and support systems. Our goal is to have you put together a “lean” business plan and commit to using it.

  • Self-exploration of business personality & character
  • Create identity, offering, and strategy
  • Develop a “Lean” Business Plan
  • Learn Basic Electronic or Pen/Paper Bookkeeping

Shearing Weekend – April 18 & 19, 2020

Long Acres Alpaca Farm
$200 per person – 2 day event

This 2 day Shearing Weekend is for those that want to learn how to harvest the reaps of their labor! Shearing is a learned skill that requires much practice. It can also cause injury to humans and animals alike, especially if you haven’t been properly trained. Learn how to shear your herd safely and you can bring 2 alpacas to be shorn!

  • Learn how to shear your animals safely
  • Perform shearing station setup
  • Identify shearing goals
  • Describe how your pasture affects your harvest
  • Identify ways to get your harvest into the supply chain
  • Learn accurate record keeping and more!

Birthing & Cria Care – May 23, 2020

Cinco C’s Alpacas
$100 per person

This session is always a favorite one and registration fills up quickly. Learning how to prepare yourself for that small percentage of time that something can go wrong is time well spent. Plus birthing the cria is but one small, albeit an important, aspect of raising alpacas. Failure to Thrive can be a nightmare to correct and preventing this cria problem is much easier than treating it.

  • Practice in wet lab simulation
  • Identify dystocias and when to intervene
  • Learn how to correct dystocias and when to call the veterinarian
  • Describe cria care during its first year of life and more!

Breeding Practices & Programs – May 24, 2020

Cinco C’s Alpacas
$100 per person

Breeding problems happen and keeping good records and understanding hormone cycles will go a long way in helping you and your veterinarian solve those problems.

  • Discuss normal breeding cycles & behavior testing
  • Learn about hand breeding and field breeding
  • Describe common breeding problems
  • Lean about breeding programs
  • Discuss EPDs and other methods for making breeding decisions

Healthy Herd Part I – June 6, 2020

Long Acres Alpaca Farm
$100 per person

It’s not the size of the herd that determines the workload. Rather it’s the health status of the animals, the efficiency of the setup, and the ability to handle animals properly that affects the work. Learn how to run an efficient, healthy farm.

  • Perform a fecal evaluation
  • Conduct a physical exam
  • Identify illnesses and interventions
  • Practice toe nail trimming, dental procedures and microchip insertion
  • Improve alpaca handling
  • Learn about feed analysis
  • Evaluate farm setup and much more!

Healthy Herd Part II – June 7, 2020

Long Acres Alpaca Farm
$100 per person

Healthy Herd Part II has a format similar to Part I, but draws upon different content.

  • Perform blood draws, give injections
  • Improve halter training techniques
  • Conduct a physical exam
  • Learn about medical conditions such as parasites, anemia, stressors, diarrhea and more
  • Drug administration and dosages and more!

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