EDUCATION SEMINARS will be taking place during the day on Saturday in the COMMUNITY HALL.  Each seminar is free to attend and is open to the public. 

9:30 - 10:30:  Breeding Alpacas:  The Ins and Outs (presented by Cathy Merkley)

10:45 - 11:45:   The Business/Marketing of Alpaca Products (presented by Meadowview Farms)

12:00 - 1:00 : Importing Alpacas from the USA to Canada (presented by Dr. Patricia Pentney, CFIA)

1:30 - 2:30  : Cria Health (presented by Dr. Sherry Smith, Dunnville Veterinary Clinic)

2:45 - 3:45:  Alpacas 101 (presented by Nancy Carr)





9:30-10:30  Breeding Alpacas: The Ins and Out.  Let Cathy Merkley give you some insight and valuable tips on improving your breeding program!






10:45 to 11:45  - The Business and Marketing of Alpaca Products is intended to give a brief overview of setting up an alpaca business.  Participants will learn the prerequisites, and then understand the necessary elements and considerations of a business plan that is specific to alpacas.  Lastly, we will explore the essentials of marketing using modern technology as well as enduring, time tested techniques.  Participants will walk away with an alpaca business template.

This seminar is being presented by Robert and Denise Martel of Meadowview Farms.





12:00 to 1:00  -   IMPORTING ALPACAS INTO CANADA FROM THE USA will focus on import requirements for alpacas from the USA to be imported into Canada.  A short segment will also be provided on the export fo the EU based on the season bluetongue exemption and the current suspension of export eligibility.  This will be followed by a session on the importance of biosecurity during import and export, as well as routine biosecurity for events and on the farm.

This seminar will be provided by Dr. Patricia Pentney ("Dr. Pat") who is part of the Niagara region Canadian Food Inspection Agency team, delivering CFIA animal health programs from the St. Catharines office and the Queenston port of entry.  She often provides regulatory support to other border points of entry and farms within the Niagara region.  A full bio of Dr. Pentney can be found in the 2018 Showbook.






1:30 - 2:30 : 'Keeping Our Crias Healthy'- a discussion of successful Criation, aftercare and health of our Crias, presented by Dr. Sherry Smith from Dunnville Veterinary Clinic.  

Dr. Sherry Smith was born in Halifax, N.S. She developed a great love for animals in the early years of her life, through time spent on family farms. In 1990, she graduated from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a BSc in Psychology/Neuroscience. In 1995, she graduated from Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, with a MSc in Biology (Entomology). Her Masters research project was funded by the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers, Agriculture Canada and Agri-Food Canada. In 1998, she graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. For 13 years she practiced mixed animal veterinary medicine, before becoming an associated veterinarian at the Dunnville Veterinary Clinic, Dunnville, Ontario. She has a keen interest in small ruminant and camelid practice.

In August 2010, she spoke at the International Goat Symposium in Stafford, Ontario on foot trimming and dehorning of goats. Last year, she spoke on the topic of Criation at the Alpaca Ontario Spring Show. She is a member of the Small Ruminant Veterinarians of Ontario, Ontario College of Veterinarians, Ontario Veterinary Medical Association and Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners. She is an accredited Veterinarian for the CFIA Scrapie Flock Program and for the OMAFRA Sales Barn Inspection, Meat Inspection and Emergency Slaughter Program. She is also one of the leaders of the Haldimald County 4-H Vet Club. Recently, she has joined Alpaca Ontario as the Medical Coordinator.






2:45 - 3:45 :  ALPACA 101. Come and find out the basics about alpacas . This talk is primarily geared to those wondering what is involved with alpaca farming and whether it is right for them; however it will also be helpful to new owners who may have some questions. Presented by Nancy Carr.