Birrong Suri Alpacas

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Training and Education Days For Alpaca Owners and Breeders

Overview

If you are considering buying alpacas or are a less experienced alpaca owner or breeder, our popular on-farm practical training days will provide all the basic skills you require. All training days are held at Birrong Suri Alpacas, on our farm in the Southern Highlands of NSW. 

In 2011 we worked with the NSW Department of Primary Industries on the book “Alpaca AgSkills”, a full colour 92-page publication explaining all the practical skills required to handle and perform husbandry tasks on your alpacas.

In January 2013 our latest publication, also with the NSW DPI, became available – “Farming Alpacas” – a 140-page full colour book covering all aspects of the farming of alpacas, including nutrition, pasture management, farm infrastructure, illnesses and injuries, birthing and neonatal care, plus much more.

Overview

1. Practical Alpaca Handling and Husbandry

1. Practical Alpaca Handling and Husbandry

A hands-on day for the less experienced or potential alpaca owner, aimed at acquiring all the essentials of alpaca husbandry and handling.  We can tailor the content to suit your particular needs with the emphasis being on acquiring practical skills.  At the end of the day you could have:

  • Handled, held and correctly fitted a halter to an alpaca
  • Given sub-cutaneous and intramuscular injections
  • Cut an alpaca’s toenails
  • Observed mating and pregnancy testing techniques
  • Learned about alpaca birthing and neonatal care
  • Toured an alpaca farm to get tips on fencing, shelter, shedding and yard design

Course Fee: $150 per person or $250 per couple, including refreshments, lunch and copies of “Alpaca Agskills” and “Farming Alpacas” (retail price $52).

Next course: Courses can be arranged on a date to suit you.  We require a minimum of two (maximum of eight) people to hold a course.

Contact us for further details and bookings.


2. Suri Essentials

A hands-on day for the less experienced or potential suri breeder, aimed at acquiring all the essentials of successful suri breeding. At the end of the day you will have:

  • Handled and assessed the quality of a range of suris, from first-cross to pure bred
  • Gained an understanding of genetics applied to suri breeding
  • Learned to use the IAR as a valuable tool for pre-purchase suri assessment
  • Gained an understanding of fleece statistics, histograms and their importance in suri fibre production
  • Learned how to improve your herd through selective purchasing and breeding decisions

Course Fee: $150 per person or $250 per couple, including refreshments, lunch and a copy of “Farming Alpacas”.

Next course: Courses can be arranged on a date to suit you.  We require a minimum of two (maximum of eight) people to hold a course.

Contact us for further details and bookings.

2. Suri Essentials