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Jay Holland - Alpaca Judge (Halter and Fleece)


Contact Details:Holland, Jay 2011
Torsend House
GL19 4EU
+ 44 (0) 1452 780327

Judging Qualifications:

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.

2011: Judged:

    Irish Alpaca Show
    CCA Cornish Alpaca Show
    Drymen Alpaca Show
    Kenilworth 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.

2012: Judged:

    World Alpaca Conference - Fawn Fleeces
    Fete – Foire de la Latiere, St Aulaye, France
    North Somerset Show
    Northumberland Show
    Lons Le Saunier, France
    Stichting Alpaca Show , Assen, The Netherlands
    Scottish National Fleece Show

2012: Attended BVCS Conference