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Symposium _ Fleece Event Wrap-up by yaoyufang


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EAA Newsletter: Spring Edition	                                                                                  March 2010

Symposium & Fleece Event Wrap-up
Steve McCarthy, Spruce Ridge Farm

                                      Empire Alpaca Association members can again be proud of hosting another terrific
                                      educational symposium and fleece event. One speaker commented that it was the
                                      best alpaca educational event in which he has participated. The speakers were all
                                      top notch and received glowing evaluations. Given the economy, turnout was very
                                      good (98 owner/breeders and 36 vets) and almost identical to last year’s event in

                                        Evaluations for the weekend were off the charts from both the veterinarians and the
                                        owners/breeders. The vets were extremely grateful that Empire hosts such an event
                                        with nationally recognized alpaca experts. This is the first year we held the vet
                                        sessions on Saturday and allowed the owners/breeders to sit in on the sessions.
Only one vet complained that it was not appropriate to have the owners present in the vet sessions.
Financially, the event was also a success in that our loss on the event was far less than we budgeted. We were very
careful on the expense side – cutting back on the number of speakers, number of days, consolidating vet and owner/
breeder sessions, selecting a less costly hotel, lower priced meals, etc. On the revenue side, we added more vendors,
sold alpaca rugs donated by Richard & Ulla Jonassen of Alpacas of Rain Dance
Pond, sold the fleece skirting tables used in the sorting/grading workshops that
were made and donated by Karl and Cindy Cuykendall of Song Meadows Alpacas.
The herd sire auctions were instrumental in making the event a financial success
and provided many breeders with some excellent breedings at very reasonable
prices. The donors of the breedings and those who bought them should be
commended for their contribution to the Symposium’s success.

My only disappointments with the event was the decrease in the number of fleeces
entered from 2009 (141 versus 119) – I like increases year-to-year - and the lack of
suri entries (1 fleece!). The EAA Board has discussed these issues and we have a
couple of ideas to help improve the fleece numbers for next year, including having
skirting seminars at the Extravaganza to better train owners/breeders in skirting for show. Those fleeces could then be
entered in the 2011 fleece show. We welcome any suggestions for increasing the number of suri entries at both the Fleece
Event and the Extravaganza. This year at the Symposium we offered two sessions on suri fleece and the attendance was
dismal with only 6 people attending.

The fiber arts and skein entries were all up from 2009 – skeins were up 53%!

Next year??? Good question. The Extravaganza provides the funds for EAA to do most of what it does, including the
Symposium and Fleece Event. With the current state of the economy, we do not know where we will be after the 2010
Extravaganza. We are hoping the economy picks up by the Fall and show attendance and sponsorships will be at a level
to support a 2011 Symposium and Fleece Event.


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FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT                                                             The Empire Alpaca Symposium
                                           Well, it’s 2010 and
                                           almost spring! (ok, if
                                                                                                          A Huge Success Story
                                           you squint and use a
                                                                                                      Barb Rossi, Bel Canto Farm
                                           telescope you can
                                                                                When faced with the possibility of not holding an educational
                                           almost see spring in the             symposium in 2010 due to a very tight budget, the EAA Board of
                                           future) I’m just                     Directors turned to members for support. EAA offered two fundraisers,
                                           coming away from the                 each relying on donations from members. An auction for a breeding to
                                           Symposium and I’m as                 the 2009 Empire Extravaganza’s Judges’ Choice Male, and a drawing to
                                                                                win a $500 drive-by breeding to donated sires. The results were
                                           cranked up as the
                                                                                overwhelmingly successful and more generous than we had anticipated.
                              Energizer Bunny.
                             What a weekend!! Great                             Thank you members for answering the call. Your dedication to the
seminars, exciting raffles, an awesome fleece event,                            industry and your affiliate has made the Empire Alpaca Association THE
good food, and an amazing amount of networking                                  BEST in the industry and allowed us to continue providing outstanding
                                                                                education to our members and the alpaca community.
and sharing of ideas. And to think that this was the
Symposium That Almost Wasn’t. Due to the dismal                                 RESULTS OF THE FUNDRAISERS:
economic climate, we had seriously considered                                   Auction for a breeding to ‘TKO King of the Ladies’:       $3,500
canceling this year’s event. But with the                                       donated by the Young Family of TKO Alpacas and Hilltop Alpacas.
tremendous outpouring of support from our
                                                                                $500 DriveBy Breedings:                                 $8,500
members, the Symposium happened and it was
                                                                                19 Champion and Ribbon Winning Sires were donated by members
Grand! I am really excited about the upcoming                                   35 farms placed a total of 144 entries
year and the great things it holds in store for us as
individuals and as an organization.                                             Total $$ Raised for the Symposium:                                  $12,000
                                                                                The fundraisers were so successful and so much fun that there is already
       Just a quick hint of some of the things to
                                                                                talk of making it an annual event. It was a great way to raise money for
come- the Fiber Committee is working on a NY State                              a good cause, help members market their sires, and offer breeders a
Yarn Project and a presence at the Rhinebeck Sheep                              chance to win a breeding to outstanding males at a super price.
& Wool Festival. The marketing committee is in
high gear putting our animals in the public                                     THANKS AGAIN TO THOSE WHO DONATED SIRES FOR THE
                                                                                CAUSE AND TO THOSE WHO PLACED BIDS AND ENTERED
spotlight. Some interesting things are afoot with the
                                                                                THE DRAWING.
next Extravaganza, and we’re already looking
ahead to Symposium 2011! These are just a few of                                      The Symposium was a wonderful, informative event.
                                                                                      Learning, networking and fun! The herdsire fundraiser was a
the things that are underway for 2010. It’s going to                                  great opportunity to get a real bargain on some great
be a great year!                                                                      breedings and support EAA at the same time. We made some
                                                                                      great contacts through the fundraiser too. A win-win for
      Cindy Cuykendall, Song Meadows Alpacas                                          Seth Rosenblum, Elfenwood Alpacas
                                                                                   “We were happy to help the symposium with a breeding
  Nominating Committee Seeks Volunteers                                            donation. We think the symposium is one of the highest
                                                                                   quality alpaca educational experiences available. We didn't
            Cindy Cuykendall, Song Meadows Alpacas                                 expect the donation to help us but it increased traffic to our
                                                                                   herdsire tremendously and to our website in general. We
Believe it or not, it is time to begin gearing up for another election of          have had a couple of sales nibbles this month.”
                                                                                   Ann M. Merriwether PhD, Nyala Farms
Board members. Three board positions will be up for re-election this
October. According to our by-laws, a 5-member nominating committee                 The herdsire services fundraiser was really a good idea. We
must be in place at least 6 months prior to the election.                          put up our Granger, and it was exciting that someone I know
                                                                                   Polly Michaelis won the breeding. Sadly we didn’t win a
This means that we need to get the committee together soon! Several                breeding, but I was able to call a friend who did win. She
former nominating committee members will be unable to continue their               was so excited that she won, she kept yelling "I never win
service due to other commitments, and their seats will need to be filled.          anything.... this is so exciting". And of course the money
The nominating committee is responsible for identifying candidates for             earned is to offset the financials of a great symposium.”
                                                                                   Michele Armour, Rosehaven Alpacas
the Board of Directors and overseeing the dissemination of election
information. If you would be willing to serve your organization by
                                                                                   “The fundraiser gave us the opportunity to introduce our
joining the nominating committee, please contact Cindy Cuykendall at               herdsire to the public and at the “same time raised money for or (315)685-7410.                                          Empire Alpaca Association at no cost to us! Thank You!”
                                                                                   Lisa & David Proulx, Alpacas of Breezy Hill Ranch


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             Alpaca Health and Nutrition

Causes of Iron Deficiency Anemia in Alpacas:                             cause copper deficiency. Copper is needed for iron uptake and
                                                                         use, so low copper can cause iron deficiency anemia. This
Barber's Pole Worm or Copper Deficiency?                                 anemia does not respond to iron supplementation, a common
Dr. Tracy Stokol, DVM                                                    problem we have seen in these sick alpacas.
Tracy Stokol is an assistant professor and board-certified veterinary    With the help of the Empire Alpaca Association, a team of
clinical pathologist in the Department of Population Medicine and        veterinary researchers at Cornell University is performing a
Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell University. Iron deficiency anemia is     pilot project in alpaca herds in New York. We are taking the
one of the most common types of anemia that they diagnose in blood       following samples.
samples from alpacas in the Clinical Pathology laboratory in the
Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University. Her interest                                         •Blood to look for iron
in this problem arose when she realized they did not know why                                               deficiency anemia and
alpacas develop iron deficiency or why their anemia does not                                                measure zinc and iron levels
respond to iron supplementation.                                                                            (copper can only be measured
                                                                                                            properly in liver tissue).
Barber’s Pole Worm
Alpacas can suffer from anemia due to low iron (iron                                                        •Manure for fecal egg counts
deficiency anemia). This anemia can be severe. Affected                                                     and larval cultures
animals may not respond to iron treatment and frequently die                                                •Pelleted and hay feed for
from the anemia.                                                                                            measurement of copper, zinc
Veterinarians at Cornell University believe that this anemia                                                and iron levels.
may be due to two causes:                                                If we find that the tested alpacas have high egg counts, we are
    •Blood loss into the intestines from blood-sucking                   worming them and repeating the manure testing two weeks
                                          worms, particularly            later to see how well the wormers work.
                                          the barber’s pole              From this small pilot project, we hope to obtain some
                                          worm                           preliminary information on potential causes of iron deficiency
                                               •A mineral                anemia. We plan to submit grant proposals to veterinary
                                               imbalance in food,        funding agencies to expand these initial studies and develop
                                               particularly excess       blood tests to detect copper deficiency in alpacas.
                                               zinc, low iron and        This is a collaborative effort between Dr. Stokol, Dr. Joseph
                                               low copper.               Wakshlag (a nutritionist and assistant professor), Dr. Mary Smith
                                                                         (an ambulatory veterinarian and professor), Dr. Toby Pinn (resident
We do know that many alpacas have intestinal worms because               in large animal internal medicine), Dr. Susan Wade (parasitologist
they have high egg counts when their manure is tested in the             and senior research associate) and Karyn Bischoff (toxicologist and
lab (called fecal egg counts). However, we do not know what              assistant professor).
intestinal worms they have because eggs of barber’s pole                 These pilot studies should be complete in a year or less.
worms look like eggs of other worms that do not suck blood.              Thank you EAA for offering help with the study.
To find out what intestinal worms alpacas have, we need to               I really appreciate it.
culture the eggs and identify the larva as they hatch (called
larval cultures).                                                        For more information on Barber’s Pole Worm:
We also do not know the true mineral content of alpaca feed,   
particularly the zinc to copper to iron ratio. Zinc excess (in
feed or if given as a supplement to prevent skin problems) can

                                            How’s Your Marketing?
                                              Lou Eustance, French Hollow Alpacas

For most alpaca breeders, this is the time of year where we are gearing up for our busy season which starts in the spring with
shows, breeding season and birthing season. As we put together our “to do” lists, let us not forget our marketing efforts for the

Success in the alpaca business goes far beyond the quality of the alpacas that we buy or the ribbons that our alpacas win at
shows. It takes a good marketing action plan and savvy marketing to succeed as an alpaca breeder, especially in a competitive
market and the current economy.

One of the most common mistakes made by alpaca breeders is to curtail their marketing efforts because of the economy. It is
more important than ever to aggressively market in a down economy and marketing should go from a variable expense to a
necessary expense. Another common place misconception is that marketing is expensive. While Advertising, a single
component of the marketing process, can represent the largest expense of most marketing plans, there are many ways of getting
your message across cost effectively.

First you need to identify the Why, Who, What, How and When’s of your marketing plan by answering the following questions:
Why do I need to market?
Who am I marketing to? (Demographics and geographics)
What do I need to achieve? (Realistic objectives)
How will I do it? (Marketing action plan)
How much will it cost? (Marketing/advertising budget)
What will produce the best “bang for the buck”? (Cost analysis)
When do I roll out my plan”? (Marketing time table)
The answers to these questions are of key importance in the development of your marketing action plan and budget.

There are many ways to get your message across. Sometimes a layered marketing campaign, where a message is
communicated in a variety of ways using a sequential order works best. How you choose to get your message across will
impact your marketing budget. Some forms of advertising are more cost effective than others.
Free press: Get your local press involved any time that you are holding an event or have interesting news about your farm.
Send out press releases to local publications, TV and radio stations. The only cost associated with this is the time it takes you
to write the press releases and the cost of mailing them out. A word of advice, if your press release sounds like an ad piece,
re-write it.
Direct Mail – flyers: The response rate to a single direct mail piece is usually 1 to 3 % . Direct mail is most effective if it is
done in a sequence of three mailings or if it is combined with other forms of advertising, such as e-mail blast, post card and
web advertising as a part of a layered marketing campaign. The cost of a direct mail piece can vary from inexpensive to
expensive depending of the quality of the design, the paper stock, and mailing cost.

If you plan to do several direct mail pieces during the year you should consider purchasing an indicia from your post office.
When you purchase an indicia, for the annual fee you can set up a centralized postage payment account. An indicia is a permit
that you can have printed on your mailing pieces. This will substantially reduce the mailing cost for your direct mail pieces
especially if you send them as bulk mail. For more information about mailing permits and indicias, contact our local post
office .
E-mail blasts: This is a very cost effective form of advertising. Your e-mail blast can have a link to the home page of your
web-site or a specific page on your web-site that you are trying to promote i.e. : Your herd sire page advertising your herd sires,
a seminar registration page, an event page. When you are designing your e-mail blasts make sure that you always have an
unsubscribe button. Remember, a single e-mail blast is not usually enough to effectively get your message across.

You may want to sign up with an e-mail blast service provider. Two frequently used providers are Constant Contact: and Blast Companies: Costs and subscription fees while reasonable, vary
from company to company. You can get a list of different provider companies by typing ”e-mail blast service providers” on
your internet browser.
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           EAA Fiber Corner                             The best thing you can do prior to shearing is vacuum your
                                                        animals with a shop vac. If you buy the hose extension you
 This issue’s question:                                 can leave the actual shop vac outside of the barn and just
 What is the best way for me to prepare a               bring the hose inside We don't care for the leaf blower as
 fleece for the mill so that I can create a              it actually blows the dirt all the way down to the base and
 terrific product to sell ?                              you actually end up paying more for washing because you
                                                        are weighing the dirt. After your fleece is off the animal
                                                        and you are sure it's not going to be a show fleece ...skirt
 Leslie Jorritsma, Autumn Mist Fiber Mill               away! The easiest way to skirt for processing (if you are
                                                        sending to a mill with a de-hairer, if not you'll have to be a
                                                        little pickier) is pick the fleece up by the handful and
                                                        squeeze. if you feel something in it then you should look
through that handful, if not, put it in the skirted section and move to the next handful. You don't have to worry
about second cuts and guard hairs as the de-hairer removes it for you. For our mill, we tell customers no more
than 1/2 hour on a fleece for skirting. Another trick we've learned from experience is when your shearer gets to
the back of the neck where the "birds nest" is with all the hay seeds, ask your shearer to remove that section
and just throw it away. There's no need to put it in with the blanket or seconds and contaminate the whole bag.

For problem fleeces there are a number of additives you can blend in and have beautiful yarn. Bamboo, Tencel,
Seacell and silk (just to name a few) are "green" fibers to keep your alpaca all natural. All four give strength
and shine. I will say Bamboo tends to dye harder than the other two...just the way it's processed. If you
decided to use merino from a mill, ask what micron the merino is that they will be using. We carry an 18 micron
merino in a variety of natural and dyed colors for blending. There is also nylon - a man made fiber
additive. Many other types of fibers can be specially ordered like Raimie, Viscose and many other types of
wool. Merino is our favorite blend to use with a coarse or short fiber as it gives the alpaca the strength and
elasticity that crafters like.

Another important thing to keep in mind is to make sure you are processing a large enough amount if you plan
on selling the yarn-you don't want to end up with 3 skeins of yarn from a single order. You can combine fleeces
if they are close to the same micron and length (they don't have to be the same color) and you can create a
new color or muddle the fleeces so both colors show up. You can spin them up separate and ply them together
creating a barber pole look. Different fleeces spin up differently, finer fleeces spin up nicest in a lighter weight
and coarser fleeces spin up nicer in a heavier weight. If you don't have a lot of fiber, consider spinning it all up
the same size so you have a consistent product. If you have a big order definitely go with different sizes, plies,
and blends. Just remember, not every customer is going to like what you like or not like what you dislike.
When someone comes into your store, ask them what they like to knit or crochet with. You can even go to your
local yarn shop and see what is selling the best.

We have 3 yarn shops near us and they are all crying for U.S alpaca yarn. Once they felt the difference between
imported and local they couldn't believe it!

                                         Looking for folks to join an
                                         Empire Alpaca Association
                                            Youth Committee!
                                     Do you think getting kids interested and
                                     involved in alpacas is a great idea? Are you a
                                     4-H leader or involved in Future Farmers of
                                     America? Do you have kids that want to show
                                     alpacas or learn about alpaca fiber arts? We
                                   need you! The EAA board has approved the
formation of a youth committee. This committee would develop resources and maybe even organize some events for
NY youth who are interested in alpacas.
            Contact Ann Merriwether if you might be interested 607-785-8226

How’s Your Marketing                         (continued from page 4)

Website advertising: On the home page, design a banner or button with a “click here” button to access a specific page that
you want to promote on your site. Make sure that you include a “call to action” on your web advertising page. This too is a
cost effective way to enforce your message.
Post Cards: Post cards are a good way to layer your message in conjunction with a flyer or e-mail blast. Your post card
message must include a call to action. This is an effective way to advertise if used in sequence with other ad pieces. You can
use your indicia permit to mail the post cards which will significantly reduce your mailing costs.
Print ads: While print ads can be an effective way to advertise, they are usually expensive and a stand alone ad is not an
effective way to get your message across. When considering print ads, think about the target market that you are looking to
reach, what other ad pieces you will be using in your promotional efforts, and the cost/benefit ratio.

To be able to budget and manage the costs of your marketing and advertising plan you need to know what you are trying to
achieve with each communication and what each component of your marketing and advertising program is going to cost.
Once you have done this, you need to create a time line for rolling out your plan. Remember to factor in time required for ad
designs, production of communication pieces and publication deadlines.
Here are some things to remember:

•       Create a marketing action plan
•       Set aside a budget for marketing and advertising
•       Adjust your marketing action plan if necessary
•       Above all – FOLLOW THROUGH!!!

Most importantly, have fun with marketing, once you get started it is easier than you think.

                                           Symposium Snapshots

           More PSymposium Snapshots
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Mauris egestas lacus sit ame
Vivamus pulvinar, purus ultricies ultrices ullamcorper, dolor diam euismod
nisl, vel consectetuer eros mi sit amet lorem.
— Quisque Massa

           In Memory Of Sue Watts
    Sue was a longtime alpaca owner who devoted many,
    many hours volunteering on various Empire and AOBA
    committees and at many shows. She loved her animals,
    alpaca fiber and her knitting. She was often seen at the
    shows with her beloved great niece, Nina. Sue and her big
    smile will be missed by the alpaca community throughout
    the country.

                                           Calling All Fiber-holics!
                                           by Ann Merriwether & Robin Shatzkin
          EAA has re-formed the Fiber Committee - a group of wildly enthusiastic fiber-fanatics! We have folks who are
 new to alpacas and some that have been raising alpacas for a decade or more. We have fiber artists and processing experts.
 Our first meeting was at the Symposium - the perfect venue! Boy, did the ideas fly!
          Many of us took Wini Labrecque’s Sorting/Grading workshop. Hearing her speak about the great things PAOBA
 has been doing was inspiring. Under Wini’s direction, PAOBA has been running a very successful affiliate-wide yarn
 project.This got us thinking about similar or even more ambitious projects that EAA might consider. We met again in
 March and started research for future EAA fiber projects. One that we are considering is an EAA brand of yarn that would
 carry the “Pride of New York” label. Members would donate one or more nice fleeces, a grading/ sorting party would be
 held and the graded/sorted fiber would be processed into a terrific yarn. This yarn could be used to market and promote
 alpacas, fiber and yarn throughout the state. We are currently investigating another product, possibly a woven blanket that
 we hope to produce as a “Pride of New York” product. This means it must come from New York fiber or be processed in
 New York. Our ambition does not end here! We are also investigating partnering with an up and coming fashion company
 who is interested in an innovative alpaca blend fabric. All these projects are “infants”. We don’t know how they are going
 to turn out or even if they will come to fruition, but they are exciting to think about.
          We are also seeking to improve fiber resources on the EAA web site .To that end we’d love to hear of any fiber
 resources (particularly New York ones) that you know about. Please send any you'd like to share (shearers, mills, spinners,
 equipment dealers, books, web links etc). We would also like to hear any ideas you have for directions EAA’s fiber
 committee should consider. So stay tuned for future fiber project updates and keep those great fiber ideas coming our way.

 Meet the Fiber Committee:
 Cindy Cuykendall
 Leslie Jorritsma
 Judy Kaplan
 Jeanne MacLeod-Lang
 Ann Merriwether
 June Preston
 Robin Shatzkin
 Karin Young

 We are all huacaya breeders although some of us have a few suris. We would really love at least one suri breeder
 on the committee. If you are a suri breeder and fellow fiber fanatic, please consider joining us.

                                       You asked for it - You Got It!
              This is the pattern for Robin Shatzkin’s project that won Judge’s Choice at the Symposium:
                                         The Hugs and Kisses Scarf
300-400 yards ( or whatever you need to make the scarf the length you’d like) of your favorite alpaca yarn.
Size 8 US needles and a cable needle or one double pointed needle (or whatever you need for the yarn you choose. Gauge is
not that important but the cable will look nicer if the stitches are close together.)
The slipped and stockinette edge stitches create a nice rolled edge for the scarf.
C4B = Slip 2 sts. onto a cable needle and hold to back of work. K2, then K the 2 sts. off cable needle. C4F = Slip 2 sts. onto a
cable needle and hold to front of work. K2, then K the 2 sts. off cable needle.
Cast on 44 stitches. Row 1. (RS): Slip 1, K1, *P2, K8, P2, K2* Repeat what's between the *s two more times. Row 2. Slip 1,
P1, *K2, P8, K2, P2* Repeat what's between the *s two more times. Row 3. (RS): Slip 1, K1, *P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K2* Repeat
what's between the *s two more times. Row 4: Same as row 2. Rows 5.-10.: Repeat rows 1-4, then 1 and 2 again. Row 11.
(RS) : Slip 1, K1, *P2, C4F, C4B, P2, K2* Repeat what's between *s 2 more times. Row 12: Same as row 2. Row 13 (RS):
Same as row 1. Row 14: Same as row 2. Row 15 (RS): Same as row 11. Row 16: Same as row 2. Repeat these 16 rows to
desired length, ending on row 4.


                                       Empire’s Numbers Are Up!
                                       Cindy Cuykendall, Song Meadow Alpacas
As of this writing, The Empire Alpaca Association is 259 member farms strong! I believe this is the largest
membership in the history of our organization. Given the current economic climate, I think this speaks volumes about
the value of membership in our association. An Empire membership is a tremendous value- the discounts on the
Symposium and Extravaganza alone pay for the dues. Our marketing committee has been working very hard at
increasing awareness and really getting NY alpacas in the public eye. At the Symposium this past weekend, Dr. Steve
Hull told me that he thought Empire was THE leader in education in all of AOBA.

On behalf of the Empire Board of Directors, I would like to extend a sincere welcome to the following new members
who have joined us in the past six months:

A-1 Alpacas	      	    	    	                	        	       Jan Pressler
A Paca Dreams	 	       	    	                	        	       Kari Shanahan
Alpacas at Clear View Farm	 	                	        	       Jennifer & Patrick Clear
Cabin View Alpacas	 	       	                	        	       Christine & David Houseworth
Cardinal Acre Alpacas	 	    	                	        	       Susan Hornberger
Heather-Rayne Alpacas	      	                	        	       Robin Pierson
Huckleberry Hill Alpacas	   	                	        	       Rose Mary & Theresa Dollard
Indian Trail Farms	    	    	                	        	       Larry & Donna Williams
JB’s Alpacas
       Joan Burke
Magick Circle Alpacas		     	                             	   Louise Rossi-Edwards & Ralston Edwards
Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm	               	        	       Robin Fowler & Corry Pratt
Rolling Springs Alpacas	    	                	        	       Karl & Linda Lintz
Sage Hill Farms Alpacas	    	                	        	       Bonney Hettinger
Thistlecreek Alpaca Farm	 	                  	        	       Jeanne MacLeod-Lang & Brad Lang
Whimsical Acres Alpaca Farm	                 	        	       Ivy & Scott Goldstein
Willow Park Farm	      	    	                	        	       Monica Allt
Windy Acres Alpaca Farm 	 	                  	        	       William & Rena Bullman

        American Express TV Commercial
        This American Express commercial was released March 8th and a video of the commercial was
        added to their website at:

        NBC’s Today Show
        You can see a promo of Your Life Calling with some shots of Thomas and Connie Betts of
        Cascade Alpacas and their alpacas at:
        Click the big video at the top of the page.

        This is EXACTLY the kind of positive press that the alpaca community needs!


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                                             We Appreciate You!
        Here’s a special THANK YOU to all of the people who have helped make EAA a success...

       Symposium Platinum Sponsors                                Breezy Hill Ranch
       Arriba Linea Alpacas                                       Cagney’s Way
       Autumn Mist Alpacas & Fiber Mill                           Elfenwood Alpacas
       Rosehaven Alpacas                                          Foxrun Farms Alpacas
                                                                  Hagen Heights Alpaca Farm
       Symposium Gold Sponsor                                     HaSu Ranch
       Cagney’s Way Alpacas                                       Jay Mountain Alpacas
                                                                  Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm
       Fundraiser Contributors                                    Nyala Farm Alpacas
                                                                  Patchwork Meadow Alpacas
                                                                  Quarry Ridge
       TKO King of the Ladies Breeding                            Red Ghost Alpacas
       Hilltop Alpacas
                                                                  Rosehaven Alpacas
       TKO Alpacas
                                                                  Song Meadows Alpacas
       $500 Breeding Raffle                                       Spruce Ridge Farm
       Andies Dandies                                             Wild Thyme Farm
       Aussie Hill Alpacas
                                                                  Rugs Donated for Sale
       Bel Canto Farm
                                                                  Alpacas of Rain Dance Pond

Board of Directors
President                    Cindy Cuykendall
Vice-President               Sue Caston
Treasurer                    Sue Zelazny
Secretary                    Ann Merriwether
Member At Large              Steve McCarthy
Member At Large              Dick McCoy
Member At Large              Barb Rossi

Education Committee Chair: Steve McCarthy
Marketing Committee Chair: Barb Rossi
      Members: Michele Armour, Paulie Drexler, Jody Hatch, Dick McCoy, Robin Shatzkin
Ethics Committee: Sue Zelazny
Fiber Committee Chairs: Ann Merriwether , Robin Shatzkin
      Members: Cindy Cuykendall, Leslie Jorritsma , Judy Kaplan, Jeanne MacLeod-Lang ,
                June Preston, Karin Young
Newsletter Editors: Robin Shatzkin
                    Barb Rossi


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