Upcoming events

    • 24 Sep 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Biltz Hall, Concordia, Missouri 64020
    • 16

    The birth of cria is one of the most exciting times of the year. It can also a time of stress and anxiety, with alpaca owners hopeful for no birthing problems. Learning to address problems that may occur during delivery will give owners confidence as we enter the birthing season.

    Dr. Signe Balch will present a day-long seminar in neonatal care. The morning session will consist of lecture relating to pregnancy, nutrition and birth. The afternoon will include a "wet lab" with individual practice addressing dystocia and other potential birthing issues.

    This is one of the most important educational events for alpaca breeders. You will leave with the confidence and knowledge you need for your birthing season.

    Registration includes lunch. Registration is limited, so sign up now!

    Location:  Biltz Hall is a conference/retreat center on the campus of Saint Paul's Lutheran High School in Concordia, Missouri.  Biltz Hall has meeting space as well as sleeping rooms. Here is a link to a map:  https://goo.gl/maps/1otE8YjgB9zAr85G8


    Lodging is available at Biltz Hall.  Rooms are $65/night for one bed or two. To arrange a sleeping room for Friday night, September 23, please contact Sarah at guest@splhs.org to reserve your room. 

    Instructor:  Dr. Signe Balch is a large animal veterinarian that has worked along the Front Range south of Denver as a mobile solo practitioner for the last eleven years.  She works primarily with small ruminants, particularly alpacas and llamas.  Dr. Balch has been interested in small ruminant medicine since growing up on a farm in Kansas that raised sheep for both meat and fiber.  She graduated with her degree in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University in 2001 after completing a doctorate in immunology at Oxford University.  She is a member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners and currently serves as a member of  the American Veterinary Medical Association Food Safety Advisory Committee.  When she is not on the road being a veterinarian she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her family, especially her two teenagers. In her elusive free time she also enjoys reading, knitting, baking and working with her own crew of animals that include alpacas, sheep and horses.

    • 31 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 2 Apr 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • American Royal Hale Arena, Kansas City, Missouri

    The annual MOPACA Alpaca Show is a family favorite!

    See hundreds of alpacas from across the region competing in halter and fleece shows. Learn about raising alpacas and talk to alpaca owners about alpaca farming. Learn why these gentle animals are a joy to be around, and why their fiber is prized by so many! There will be many vendors selling alpaca products, demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and using alpaca fiber. Free and open to the public!

    The public is invited to attend, free of charge. Hours for public attendance are 9-5 Friday and Saturday and 9-noon on Sunday.   Registration is not required.

    Exhibitors and vendors: Check in and set-up is March 30.  Please see full schedule for vendors and exhibitors.

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