the British Alpaca Society

The British Alpaca Society Ltd c/o Grassroots Systems Ltd PO Box 251 Exeter EX2 8WX
Belgrave Road Exeter England EX1 2NP GB

About BAS

  •  The British Alpaca Society (BAS) currently has 1400 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 comprehensive BAS judge training scheme, provides the UK industry with certified qualified judges to support the show circuits and through its compulsory annual judges’ calibration and triennial recertification process, it maintains the standard and consistency of alpaca judging 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.
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