Jay Holland - Alpaca Judge (Halter and Fleece)
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Level 1 completed: 2006
Level 2 completed: 2008
Level 3 completed: 2010
BAS Status: Certified Judge – Halter and Fleece 2010
Having been in alpacas since 2004, my wife and I now run a herd of 80 alpacas made up of both huacaya and suri, full-time. Having always had a keen interest in genetics, fibre and animal behaviour I have attended, and continue to attend, many seminars and courses on these subjects and have been teaching on these and other subjects over the last few years. We run a small fibre co-operative from our farm and produce mainly yarn for re-sale but also try to continually find innovative uses for the lower quality fleece.
I have been involved in the selection and purchase of breeding stock from both North and South America and have also helped other owners in selecting and purchasing their alpacas for export into Europe.
Being an advocate of the show ring, I firmly believe that it is a great place in which to raise awareness of the importance of careful breeding and in which to educate the public. In being a judge, I hope that I can contribute in educating and helping others where I can and also ensure that both exhibitors and the public enjoy the showing of alpacas.
Selected recent seminar attendance and show experience:
2009: Suri Clinic with Amanda VandenBosch
2009: Attended judges clinic
2010: Attended judges clinic
2010: Lectured in Sweden for the Swedish Alpaca Association on alpaca assessment, genetics and fibre.
Irish Alpaca Show
CCA Cornish Alpaca Show
Drymen Alpaca Show
Three Counties Show
North Devon Show – Fleece and Halter
2011: Lectured in Sweden on Alpaca Behaviour for the Swedish Alpaca Association
2012: Attended 2 day judges clinic – Specialising in oral reasoning with Brett Kayson
2012: Held a course in France on Conformation, Fleece and practical in shearing.
World Alpaca Conference - Fawn Fleeces
Fete – Foire de la Latiere, St Aulaye, France
North Somerset Show
Lons Le Saunier, France
Stichting Alpaca Show , Assen, The Netherlands
Scottish National Fleece Show
2012: Attended BVCS Conference