MIDWEST ALPACA OWNERS 
AND BREEDERS ASSOCIATION


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!

Education

Membership

Alpaca Show

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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The 2019 election is around the corner! This fall, MOPACA membership will be voting for two new officers and one new director.

The officer positions that are up for election are the Vice President and Treasurer, currently held by Dian Trainer and Patti Jones respectively. Each officer position is a two year position, so new officers' terms will begin January 1, 2020 and end December 31, 2021.

One director position is up for election. That position is currently held by Britt Hasselbring. This position is a three year term, from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022.


The election timeline is:

  • Nominations due: October 3, 2019
  • Candidate Statements solicited: October 7, due October 26, 2019
  • Ballots sent to paid members: October 30, 2019
  • Completed ballots due November 15, 2019
  • New officers/member announced in December, 2019
  • New officers/member begin services: January 1, 2020

Please consider getting involved in setting direction for MOPACA! Help set the direction for the alpaca industry. Working together we can ensure continued education for alpaca farmers,one of the most highly regarded alpaca shows in the country, and great networking opportunities. If you are interested in serving on the board or as an officer, please send a note to mopaca@mopaca.org and a member of the nominating committee will contact you pronto!

If you are not a member of MOPACA, or your membership has lapsed, go ahead and joinnow! Then, please consider lending your talents, time and skills to MOPACA! Join MOPACA here!‚Äč

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