WE ARE PROUD TO BE MEMBERS OF THE FOLLOWING:
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Alpaca Elite Certified Member
The Alpaca Registry, Inc. registers all alpacas in the U.S. Registered alpacas are blood-typed to confirm parentage. This serves to preserve and protect the alpaca herd in the U.S., and it is a comfort to buyers of alpacas to know with certainty what they are buying. The Alpaca Registry also screens and monitors all importations and assures that all imported alpacas meet stringent standards. The information in the Registry's database is available to breeders on request. Visit the Alpaca Registry's web site to learn more about what they do.
WE ARE PROUD TO BE AN AOBA GOLD BENEFACTOR
The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association is a national organization that was founded to promote the alpaca industry and to support alpaca breeders.
AOBA sponsors a national meeting every June in Colorado. They also publish a quarterly magazine called Alpaca MagazineŽ.
For more information contact the AOBA
Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association, Inc.
5000 Linbar Drive, Suite 297
Nashville, TN 37211
Phone: 615-834-4195, (USA only: 800-213-9522), Fax: 615-834-4196
AOBA Show Division
AOBA Certified Shows Website
The Ohio Alpaca Breeders Association's mission is to help their members promote their farms, promote the alpaca husbandry business, and educate breeders and any interested people. Ohio ranks as the #1 state in the USA in terms of largest alpaca population and number of alpaca farms.
As an affiliate organization of the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA), we provide many avenues for our members to promote their farms, and educate the general public. We annually host one of the nation's largest alpaca shows, AlpacaFest. Typically, it is held in Columbus, Ohio during the weekend preceding Thanksgiving. OABA also hosts an annual pen sale, which allows their members to gather at a facility for the sole purpose of marketing alpacas. OABA organizes, markets and pays for the entire event, so the event is free of charge for their members to participate, and admission is also free. Couple these large-scale events with a true year-long multimedia advertising blitz via local and cable TV, radio, Internet, print, etc, and OABA offers tremendous value for your membership dollars.
OABA also holds educational seminars throughout the year for many aspects of this business, including fleece preparation, tax and financial benefits, farm management, show preparation, husbandry and care, and other interesting and useful topics. These educational forums are held in various locations in Ohio including OABA's show, special planned events, and county fairs.
The purpose of ALSA is to promote Llamas and Alpacas by enhancing the visibility and demonstrating the versatility of Lamas at shows. In so doing ALSA establishes guidelines for the shows, educates the judges and records the achievements of the individual Llamas. The result is a better educated Lama community as to the soundness and conformations of these unique animals.
(The Great Lakes Alpaca Association)
The Great Lakes Alpaca Association (GLAA) was formed in 1995 to promote the growth of the alpaca industry in the Great Lakes region-- Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Their membership includes both new and established alpaca breeders.
Goals of the Suri Network:
Production and sale of Purely Suri Magazine
Production of newsletters and announcements
Development of educational seminars
Promotion of shows and events
Addressing fiber production issues
Production of a color educational brochure
Maintaining and disbursing a traveling display booth
Education of judges in matters directly affecting suris
Liaison to the AOBA Board of Directors and Show Committee
Statement of Purpose
"Dedicated to the preservation of the suri alpaca"
The purpose of the Suri Network shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
To promote, through education to the alpaca community and the general public, awareness of and interest in suri alpacas and their fiber and related business interests.
To promote the growth of the suri alpaca industry.
To serve as an industry and marketing group to promote and protect the collective economic and legal interests of the Network's members.
To organize and conduct, from time to time, a suri alpaca event which shall be open to the public and which shall further the purposes of the Corporation. This event shall provide members and other participants with the opportunity to share with each other their ideas, encouragement, knowledge and companionship.
The mission of the Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America, Inc. (AFCNA) is to create, promote and market alpaca products for our members. The Board will do its very best to see that AFCNA operates according to our mission statement. Our goal is to maximize the long-term benefits to our members, the individual alpaca fiber producers, and to our breeding industry as a whole.
Is to have 90% of North American alpaca producers support AFCNA with their membership, their fiber and their loyalty because of the benefit AFCNA provides to the alpaca industry as a whole and to the individual alpaca producer.
The primary benefit of the AFCNA is the creation of a national brand, America's Alpaca, which is recognized by alpaca producers and consumers as being superior quality alpaca fleece products, synonymous with the exceptional quality and breeding of North American alpacas.
What is AFCNA?
AFCNA stands for the Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America, Inc. We are an organization of nearly 700 North American alpaca producers. Most of us are small farmers who have decided to raise alpacas so that we can enjoy the country lifestyle and the satisfaction of raising livestock. We pool together our annual shearing of alpaca fiber to take advantage of the economic benefits of processing larger volumes of fiber and market products made from our alpacas on a national level.
How long has AFCNA been in existence?
The co-op was incorporated in 1998.
Where is the cooperative located?
Our corporate headquarters and warehouse are located on a working alpaca farm in Decatur, Tennessee. Any questions or concerns regarding our products or service may be directed to our customer service representatives at 1-877-859-0172.
To implement policies that are developed by members and provide programs that will improve the financial well-being and quality of life for farmers and ranchers.
Purpose of Farm Bureau
Farm Bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement and, thereby, to promote the national well-being. Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national and international in its scope and influence and is non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character. Farm Bureau is the voice of agricultural producers at all levels.
Farm Bureau Beliefs
America's unparalleled progress is based on freedom and dignity of the individual, sustained by basic moral and religious concepts. Economic progress, cultural advancement, ethical and religious principles flourish best where people are free, responsible individuals. Individual freedom and opportunity must not be sacrificed in a quest for guaranteed "security."
We believe in government by legislative and constitutional law, impartially administered, without special privilege.
We believe in the representative form of government-a republic-as provided in our Constitution, in limitations on government power, in maintenance of equal opportunity, in the right of each individual to freedom of worship and in freedom of speech, press and peaceful assembly.
We believe that the basic principles of Americanism-with emphasis upon freedom, dignity and the responsibility of the individual, and our private competitive enterprise system-should be taught in the schools.
Individuals have a moral responsibility to help preserve freedom for future generations by participating in public affairs and by helping to elect candidates who share their fundamental beliefs and principles.
People have the right and the responsibility to speak for themselves individually or through organizations of their choice without coercion or government intervention.
Property rights are among the human rights essential to the preservation of individual freedom.
We believe in the right of every person to choose an occupation; to be rewarded according to his/her contribution to society; to save, invest or spend; and to convey his/her property to heirs. Each person has the responsibility to meet financial obligations incurred.
We believe that legislation and regulations favorable to all sectors of agriculture should be aggressively developed in cooperation with allied groups possessing common goals.
We support the right of private organizations to require membership as a prerequisite for member services.
We Are Farm Bureau is a look at our diverse organization of over five million members. Members that produce the world's highest quality food and fiber. Farm Bureau is an organization that is politically strong, vocal, and that begins at the grassroots. The American Farm Bureau emphasizes teamwork in achieving its goals:
Public Policy Team
Public Relations Team
Organizational Development Team
Economic Analysis Team
is an Internet web site devoted entirely to all aspects of the alpaca industry.
AN is specifically designed to encourage growth and sustainability by bringing
the global community of alpaca breeders, owners, and suppliers into a
centralized marketplace. We make it easy to access and disseminate alpaca
information, so alpaca owners worldwide can freely and fairly access the most
complete and current alpaca-related market information at any time.
AlpacaNation.com encourages alpaca industry growth by providing a dynamic advertising environment for members as well as valuable alpaca industry information for potential new owners. Access to all information on the site is open to everyone, members and non-members alike.
WE ARE PROUD TO RECOMMEND ALL OF THE ABOVE ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP WEBSITES!
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