4-H Alpaca/Llama Page
New Hampshire 4-H Alpaca and Llama Project
The New Hampshire 4-H Alpaca and Llama Project focuses on two types of camelids: alpacas and llamas. Camelids are members of the camel family. The average llama is roughly twice the size of the average alpaca. There are differences in the body and head also, especially the shape of the ears. While the alpaca has been carefully bred for over 6,000 years as a luxury fiber-producing animal, the llama was bred as a pack animal. Its purpose has traditionally been to carry packs in mountainous terrain. The llama has coarse guard hair which protects it's fine, inner coat of fleece from the chafing of the pack on its back. The alpaca and llama project focuses on fiber production, performance, showmanship, pack training, and other areas. You don’t have to have your own alpaca or llama to participate in the New Hampshire 4-H Alpaca and Llama Project. You can lease an animal and/or participate in a variety of the activities and events that the New Hampshire 4-H Alpaca and Llama Project has to offer. Check out the links below for more information.
Also, check out the Purdue University 4-H Llama and Alpaca Manual for basic information about the Llama and Alpaca Project. To see if others in your county are participating in the Alpaca and Llama Project Area, contact your county 4-H office by clicking here.
- Eastern States Exposition Spinning Bee & Fiber Contest - September, West Springfield, MA
- Fiber Festival of New England November, West Springfield, MA
Forms and Policies
* If you did not enroll in the 4-H Program through 4-H Online you are required to attach a Youth Medical Care and Treatment form and the Youth Code of Conduct/Permission Release form to your 4-H Animal Intent to Show form.
* If you did not complete the medical form through 4-H Online you will need to attach a Youth Medical Care and Treatment form to your 4-H Animal Intent to Show form.
You may complete 4hOnline Animl Enrollment instead of a paper intent to show form. See link for instructions.
- Online Animal Enrollment Instructions *NEW* to use online Intent to Show
- Animal Intent to Show Form (formerly known as "4-H Animal Approval Form")
- Animal Lease Record Form
- Emergency Action Plan
- New Hampshire 4-H Policy Manual
- NH 4-H Animal Project Records
- NH 4-H Animal Requrements & Deadlines
- NH 4-H Enrollment Form
- NH 4-H Policy on Rabies Vaccinations
- NH 4-H Replacement Animal Policy
- NH 4-H Youth Code of Conduct
- NH 4-H Youth Medical Care & Treatment
- NH Animal Health Regulations
- What is a 4-H Lease and How do I set one up?
- 4-H Alpaca Record Keeping Book
- Alpaca and Llama Show Association Youth Programs
- Alpaca and Llama Show Association Youth Judging Manual
- Purdue University 4-H Llama and Alpaca Manual
- Washington State University Llama Project Manual
- Washington State University 4-H Leader’s Manual for Llama Activities
- Alpaca Llama Show Association
- Alpaca Registry Inc.
- New England Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association
- Northeast Llamas and Alpaca Breeders
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