The British Alpaca Society (BAS) is dedicated to the welfare of alpacas and the education of their owners in the UK. http://www.bas-uk.com/
The BAS provides information, support and events for alpaca owners, breeders and those interested in alpacas, as well as maintaining the pedigree register for the national herd.
The alpaca industry is at an exciting stage of development and the BAS is working hard to support its members in their initiatives – both in the UK and Europe.
Membership is the best way of keeping you informed of all the latest developments as this popular agricultural alternative continues to mature.
Why join BAS? 20 good reasons!!!
You will receive:
- Information and alerts regarding health & welfare
- Notice of shows
- Invitations to education & training events
- Fibre info, training & events
- Services contact info (not endorsed by BAS)
- Member offers via My Society
- Board & Committee news & minutes
- Access to the registry
- Access to members side of the website
- Networking opportuities
- Support & advice
- Welfare & Husbandry information
- Access to the EBV programme
- Access to BAS Facebook Chat Forum to have your views discussed
- Information about the drive for alpacas, alpaca farming & fibre in the UK and beyond
- Management & breeding tools
- 6 Magazines a year
- Consultation with Government
- Welfare advice
- Access to a re-homing service
- The British Alpaca Society (BAS) currently has 1500 members representing 35000 alpacas spread in various densities all the way from Lands End to John O’Groats.
- The BAS is a membership society dedicated to the welfare of alpacas and the education of their owners in th UK.
- The BAS, via its regional groups, provides information, support and events for alpaca owners, breeders and all those interested in alpacas. The Society keeps its members up to date with all alpaca news and initiatives in the UK.
- The BAS provides a free quarterly magazine to its members and regular electronic updates.
- The BAS provides its members with constant updates on alpaca initiatives and developments.
- The BAS represents all alpacas and their owners in the UK with the government bodies of DEFRA and AVLA.
- The BAS maintains a pedigree register for all alpacas in the UK national herd and a European directory for all BAS registered alpacas domiciled in Europe.
- The BAS provides an import screening service to members to ensure that all imported alpacas achieve a minimum standard when introduced to the national herd.
- The BAS provides a national welfare network via its National Welfare Committee and regional representatives for the protection of all alpacas in the UK.
- The BAS supports a UK national show circuit for the promotion of alpacas via its National Show Committee. It governs the rules for the alpaca halter shows, composite shows and fleece shows throughout the UK. It also provides the members with an annual National Show which is open to all alpacas in the UK.
The BAS, through its National Education Committee, provides numerous courses on alpaca assessment, advanced alpaca assessment, alpaca fibre and processing for breeders. It is currently working on developing a certified course in all aspects of alpaca management, husbandry and breeding with the agricultural bodies via Lantra accreditation.
- The BAS, through its National Fibre Committee, provides members with information on shearing, skirting, sorting and processing alpaca fibre. Through numerous initiatives it has a duty to keep members informed and up to date with all developments within the alpaca fibre marketplace.