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Neonatal Seminar

  • 24 Sep 2022
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Biltz Hall, Concordia, Missouri 64020
  • 6


  • Special price for members. $150 for first member, $125 for 2nd person from same farm. Enter under Guest Registration.
  • People who are not members of MOPACA

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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:


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 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.

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