— The ABA Team

About ABA

Welcome to the official website for Alpaca Breeders of Arizona!

ABA is a volunteer organization and is run by its members!  All members contribute to make ABA great.  We poll membership to decide educational topics and events that are of interest to the group.  Visitors are welcome - please contact anyone on our members list or a Board of Directors member if you have questions regarding our organization.

ABA is a recognized Arizona affiliate organization of the national Alpaca Owners Association (AOA).  ABA is a non-profit 501(c)5 Arizona Corporation.  Our goals focus on serving Arizona alpaca owners through education and networking in this rapidly advancing livestock industry.

ABA was blessed to have a handful of alpaca farmers get together and form this non-profit organization in the 1990's when alpacas were just a twinkle in most of our eyes.  Those forward thinking farms had found the wonderful world of alpacas, and were also finding that the great state of Arizona was perfect for raising alpacas.

Throughout the last two decades, the Alpaca Breeders of Arizona have hosted countless educational events such as Neonatal Birthing Lab with Dr. Pat Long, A Camelidynamics training and handling class with the well-known Marty McGee Bennett.  We've hosted senior Fleece Judge Cheryl Gehly who furthered us on fleece traits to breed for and all about fiber, and a full weekend Veterinary seminar with expert alpaca vet Dr. Pamela Walker. 

Our Quarterly affiliate meetings cover a number of topics that interest alpaca owners from nutrition, alpaca breeding, cria birthing, and all things fiber related - such as fiber testing options and EPD trait database education.  We occasionally do telephone-meetings and distance education as well.

Our membership is now as diverse as alpaca farms can be: some have breeding farms that show alpacas and sell alpaca breeding stock, some of our members are happily retired and living the dream with their own small (or large) herd.  Other members have a few alpacas as fiber-spinning flock, to create luxurious fiber art and products, and some enjoy agritourism as part of their farm business.  Some of our member-farms operate as a farm business, and others are hobby farms or love alpacas as pets.  We welcome all individuals who want to know more about owning and raising alpacas to join ABA as a Farm Member, Business Member or Affiliate Member.   Raising alpacas as a business can have financial and tax advantages as well.  We urge anyone considering the 'alpaca lifestyle' to research options and seek information from their tax advisor, as any business start-up would.

We look forward to our futures in this thriving and 'green' industry of raising alpacas and their most luxurious fleece.  Please peruse our membership page and contact any members to learn more about the wonderful world of ALPACAS.  Our Members are owners that are committed to continued education and involvement in the alpaca industry - we look forward to helping new owners in any way possible.  Call a member near you today!

To Join ABA Please use the Membership form on our 'Join ABA' page.