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November 8-11, 2012
Holiday Inn in Grantville, PA (near Harrisburg) www.galaonline.org for updates on Conference
JOIN THIS SPECIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY – AND HAVE FUN TOO!
Fiber room: Run by some of the LAFF girls and “The Second Cuts” (Pat McKinney, Carol Reigh and Sue Shoop). Learn to grade, card, spin, knit, weave, crochet, wet felt and needle felt. Plus lots of Make-and-Take projects. marty mcGee-bennett: world re-known trainer will do individual sessions on training and entertain us with 30 years with camelids and training. cinDy roSS: high altitude hiker and author of Scraping Heaven, will share her family’s journey on the Continental Divide with a 1 and 3 year old and llamas. Her incredible journey is enhanced with breathtaking slides. JULie DecHant, DVm: Vet School, UC Davis, will talk on emergency medicine and critical care for camelids, plus examples of camelid surgery. A younger vet, specializing in camelid health. We, in the East, need to meet her. barb ParSonS: from Animal Acres Farm in Wisconsin with over 20 years of llama experience will discuss famous herdsires and dams. Perfect time to see visual lineage of some of our animals. Also will talk about Llama 4-H programs. LinDa cortriGHt: editor of Wild Fibers magazine will talk about some of her exciting experiences in traveling the world to meet other folk who “do” natural fibers both animal and vegetable. She is one of a kind, so don’t miss her talk. annie HiGGinbotHam: fiber artist, will reveal how to incorporate contemporary designs in spinning and knitting art yarn and dying in the microwave. Dr. PatricK LonG: co-author of Llama and Alpaca Neonatal Care, will talk about herd management, nutrition, and reproduction. Debby ULLricH: judge and breeder since 1991, will talk on conformation and color genetics, to mention a few plus she will have her exquisite jewelry along to vend.
Five Tracks – Featuring Experts and Workshops on: Fiber Medical Farm Management Training and Grooming Llamas 101
CoNtACts: Kelly Ralph, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jane Hamilton-Merritt, email@example.com
SOMETHING FOR ALL LEVELS OF FIBER PRODUCTION, CAMELID CARE, AND TRAINING.
2012 GALA 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE HAS IT COVERED!
Want to Learn .... • What Is Important When Buying A Llama? • To Halter, Trim Toes, Give Shots, Shear And Groom Your Animals? • What Show Judges Are Looking For? • The Basics Of Packing? • To Show Your Animals In Obstacle, PR And Packing Competitions? • About Camelid Boarding And Packing Businesses? • About Neo-Natal And Cria Health Issues? • The Latest In Camelid Medical Research, Including Parasites & Meningeal Worm? • If Your Insurance Covers All Your Needs? • To Use Social Media To Promote Your Farm And Its Products? • The Geneology Of Many North American Herd Sires and Dams? • About Having A Bee Hive On Your Farm? • Trailer Maintenance?
The 2012 Conference Will Provide Answers & Hands-On Experiences
WreatH conteSt — Start planning now for this contest. Guidelines: wreath must have some camelid fiber in it. Interior circumference should be 12-15 inches. Wreaths will serve as table center pieces and then auctioned-off at fund raiser.
2012 GaLa Fiber SPin-oFF conteSt — When shearing remember to collect fiber samples for the spin-off. RULES FOR THIS FIBER EVALUATION SenD in: DEADLIN E • 3 oz of raw, clean camelid fiber (do NOT wash) in a clear plastic bag FOR FIB ER: PO S TM A • photo of animal RKED NO L AT ER • and this entry form, plus a $20.00 entry fee (per fiber sample) TH A N Get bacK: S EPT. 1 • one 2 oz handspun skein of yarn from your fiber and a written evaluation of your fiber by our talented hand spinners.
Name _________________________________________________ Farm Name __________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________ City ___________________________ State ________ Zip _______________ Name of Animal _______________________________________ Animal’s Date of Birth _______________ Gender: F M G
Date of Shearing _____________________________ Date of last shearing _____________________________
SenD Fiber to: Sherry Lynch, 234 Sugar Cake Road, Somerset, PA 15501-7411 Samples must be post marked by: September 1, 2012
GALA has always been very generous when asked to help less fortunate llamas and alpacas. Halters (large), lead ropes, and basic medical supplies (dewormers, etc) are always needed. If you would like to help, please bring your donations to the GALA Conference. Marc Page, Northeast Coordinator for the IRC (International Rescue Council)