Associations & Organizations
Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association615-834-41955000 Linbar Drive, Suite 297
Nashville, TN 37211
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The first alpacas were imported into the United States in 1984. During the several years that followed that first importation, these original Alpaca owners began to meet and discuss the formation of an association. On June 17, 1988, at Shanty Creek Lodge in Bellaire, Michigan, 38 people gathered in a "special meeting" to discuss the formation (including by-laws and articles of incorporation) of what is now known as the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association, Inc. (AOBA).
The association was formed for the following purposes. (1) To promote public awareness and membership appreciation of the Alpaca's unique qualities; (2) To educate the membership on the care and breeding of the Alpaca; (3) To promote the growth of the Alpaca industry as a whole; and (4) To foster the establishment of the breed outside of its native land by encouraging husbandry and breeding practices based upon, but not limited to, herd health, overall soundness, and alpaca fiber production
The association operates under a committee structure led by a seven-member Board of Directors. All committee members and directors are volunteer positions without compensation. In the short time since the association was formed (beginning with 87 memberships and a known Alpaca census of 392), it has grown to over 4,000 members.
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