The Midwest Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association is the "alpaca place" to be in the Midwest! Our members are unified in their love of these beautiful animals and work together to promote the highest standards of animal husbandry for alpaca farmers. Join us as we work together and Live it, Learn it, and Love it!
MOPACA is committed to providing education for members as well as members of the public.
Every winter MOPACA offers a Winter Seminar: a full day of education about topics ranging from fleece and fiber production to animal husbandry and farm maintenance. Additional training on specific topics is offered periodically. Learn more about the Winter Seminar and other upcoming educational events here.
Education for the public focuses on the alpaca, their fiber, and considerations when starting a farm. Learn more about alpacas here.
Education for the public is also held during the MOPACA Alpaca Show. Alpacas 101 classes are held three times during the weekend.
More details about MOPACA's education here.
Membership in MOPACA is an investment in the alpaca industry in our region. Equally important, it's an investment in a wonderful network of alpaca owners and breeders who share the love of alpacas, their fiber, and the desire to be responsible caretakers brings us together as a community.
MOPACA has a proud history of developing outstanding education, including Fiber U, which is now an independent event that continues to be held annually in Lebanon, Missouri.
MOPACA's winter seminar is held every January, and focuses on topics including fiber and fiber processing, animal husbandry, color genetics, and marketing,
A quarterly newsletter provides written communications from the Board and committee chairs.
The MOPACA Invitational Alpaca Show has become one of the country's favorites over the past 16 years.
Each year hundreds of alpacas and their owners converge at the American Royal Hale Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
The MOPACA show offers an opportunity for alpaca owners to compete in a halter show, with nationally known and certified alpaca judges assessing their fiber and their conformation. Additional competitions such as performance, walking fleece, or fleece shows may also be held.
The 2020 MOPACA Show is scheduled for March 28-29. Keep your eye on this site!
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Congratulations to MOPACA's new Board Member and Officers.
Brad Ryckert of Timber View Farm Alpacas has been elected Vice President. He will serve a two-year term from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.
Patti Jones of Silver J Ranch Alpacas has been re-elected Treasurer for a second two-year term.
Barb Bernardi of Prairie Rose Alpacas, has been elected as the new Board member, and will serve a three-year term from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022.
MOPACA Board Members and Officers for 2020 are as follows:
President: Dale Hoerl
Vice President: Brad Ryckert
Secretary: Susan Theroff
Treasurer: Patti Jones
Senior Board Member: Sharon Heimes
Board Member: Diane Dickerson
Board Member: Barb Bernardi
The MOPACA Board and Officers extends sincere appreciation to out-going Vice President Dian Trainer and Board Member Britt Hasselbring.
Without the generous contribution of time and talent by our members, MOPACA would not be able to serve its members!