In an effort to insure the health and safety of your alpacas that will be attending the Great Western Alpaca Show, we have revised our requirements to meet current needs. It is the belief of the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies and the Show Veterinarian that a proactive approach to the health of your animals is paramount and we encourage you to read the following requirements carefully. Please note that these precautions can NOT guarantee a completely disease free environment.
We also advise that if you’re traveling from outside Colorado that you and your veterinarian check State of Colorado requirements:
You must present the following documents at Vet Check ~ bring a copy that Show Management can retain for show records:
1. A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health papers) that includes the ARI number, alpaca name as on ARI certificate, microchip #, and negative BVDV results with testing method for each alpaca. This certificate must be presented at vet check for the alpaca to be eligible to enter the show barn. Bring a photocopy with you that will be retained by the show management in accordance with the new AOA rule.
2. A copy of the ARI Registration indicating the microchip number for all alpacas entering the show barn. All alpacas entering the barn, both those that will show and those that will not show, must be registered by the Alpaca Registry, Inc. (ARI) and the registration certificate must list the named alpaca’s microchip number. This copy will also be retained as part of the permanent show records.
3. We are requiring documented evidence of a negative PCR or VI test (VI prior to 1/1/2010) for BVD for all alpacas entering the show grounds due to the recent identification of new cases of Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) in alpacas across the country. This test will identify any Persistently Infectious (PI) alpacas and eliminate them from participation in the show and the possibility of them spreading BVD. A negative PCR or Virus Isolation (VI) test is good for the life of the alpaca insuring that it is not a PI animal. The negative PCR or VI BVDV test results must be stated on the health certificate, listing the alpaca’s complete name and ARI number, will be required at vet check in order for these alpacas to enter the show barn. A copy of the BVDV test results are no longer required. By requiring strict testing procedures whenever a diverse group of alpacas is brought together we move closer to eradicating BVD from the alpaca population. If you would like further information about BVD and available testing please go to the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies web site and refer to the articles discussing BVD written by Dr.Callan at CSU and Dr. Kim Gardner-Graff. Leave yourself enough time to retest if required by Show Veterinarian.
PLEASE NOTE that requiring the negative PCR or VI BVD test for the show does NOT guarantee a BVD-free or disease-free environment at this or any show. Alpacas testing negative are still vulnerable to future exposure, but any potential future exposure will not result in that animal becoming persistently infected. Researchers and Veterinarians are advocating the prohibition of pregnant females and nursing crias at shows for the safety of all concerned, since exposure of pregnant females can possibly produce a PI cria the next year. Owners are also strongly urged to observe known bio-security measures at their farms, including isolation of all returning and incoming alpacas for 2-3 weeks before co-mingling with the home herd.
To further insure the health and safety of all alpacas coming to the show, the Vet Check procedure will take place by a member of the veterinary staff on the transport. Alpacas will not move through a common area for Vet Check and those animals presenting any conditions deemed by the licensed veterinarian to put them or other alpacas at health risk will remain on the transport and will not be allowed to move into the barn area. Following the satisfactory examination of each alpaca on the transport, you will be allowed to unload your animals.