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Happy Birthday NEBAG


2014 sees the 10th birthday of NEBAG, which started life as the North East & Borders Alpaca Club, NEBAC, in January 2004. The idea came from George Campbell of Cheviot Alpacas who said to me over a coffee one day ‘We need a club, I’ll chair it if you’ll be the secretary’ and so a meeting was arranged at the Gosforth Park Hotel and the Club was born. Read more »

NEBAG Newsletter December 2013

With Christmas almost upon us time to review current issues and news. Read more »

Northumberland County Show 2013

The spacious, well laid out new showground in the parkland of Bywell Hall allowed the alpacas section a much larger marquee in a central location with easy access and parking. The ring was superb with a large floral display lent by one of our sponsors, Lease a Leaf of Sandhoe. Many thanks to all the NEBAG members who helped set up and clean up over the three day weekend. Read more »

Fresh Cows Colostrum

Through our vet, David Parkin of Intake Vets, we have obtained a supply of fresh colostrum from Paul and Ann Harrison of East Heddon Farm to whom we are indebted.

We have frozen this in portions and this will be available free to NEBAG members as required. This is significantly superior to the powdered colostrum should you need some.

Have a good birthing season!

Northumberland County Show 27 May 2013

After many years at Tynedale Park in Corbridge the Northumberland County Show has outgrown the site and from 2013 is moving to a new, much larger, site at Bywell approximately 4 miles east of Corbridge. The new 100 acre site is parkland on Lord Allendale’s estate adjacent to Bywell Hall. It is fairly level, well drained and sheltered and a one way traffic system should aid congestion. The larger site allows additional attractions, such as Show Jumping, and will benefit the Alpaca Section as we will have a larger marquee which will allow a bigger entry and better public access. Top international alpaca judge, Nick Harrington-Smith, will be judging so get the date in your diaries and lets make it a great success.

Scottish National Fleece Show 10 November 2012

John and Juliet Miller of the Border Mill are organizing the above Fleece Show on the 10 November. It will be held at The Community Centre, High Street, Coldstream, TD12 4AP and will be judged by Jay Holland. Entries close on 31 October and fleeces need to be delivered to the Border Mill by 6 November latest. Entries as usual are via the BAS so lets get our fleeces entered and support the only fleece show in the North!

Fleece Testing Day 18 June 2012

Paul Vallelly of Australian Alpaca Fibre Testing led a workshop at Fallowfield on “ Fibre Testing for Genetic Improvement” as well as testing fleece samples brought by members and explaining the results.
Testing along the fibre length clearly shows fluctuations in fibre diameter over the growing season and demonstrates variations in nutrition and the well being of the alpaca. Members learnt how to interpret the detailed results which confirmed the primary importance of fineness linked to low SD when making breeding decisions. A very interesting day which we hope to repeat in 2013.