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Please review this entire document before beginning the process

Complete an online S.H.I.P. Application Form and be sure to select a primary and two secondary dates for your classification. If you board Suris for other owners and these animals are to be included in the herd classification, the other owner must complete a separate signed application. Likewise, if another farm(s) in a separate nearby location is also having a herd classification in conjunction with you to share classifier cost savings, that farm(s) needs to complete a separate application at the same time.

Note: A Herd Classification is to include all Suris you own that are approximately 1 year of age or older. If you co-own a Suri, be sure you have the other owner(s) signed permission.

Soon after submitting your application you will receive a welcome email with further instructions. Within 2 days of submitting your online application, you will receive login information for the online database. The online database is where you will enter your herd list and view the classification scores once there are entered by the classifier. You will also receive an invoice from Suri Network for $75 to cover the administrative costs.

Contact your requested classifier by phone or email to discuss a preliminary review of how your classification will work including dates and logistics. Open communications between the farm and classifier are encouraged to assure the process flows smoothly.

In advance of the classification and as soon as practical, log into your online account and complete an inventory list (Instructions) of all Suris to be classified. You can either enter the list manually or download a spreadsheet of your registered alpacas from the AOA website and upload the list to the SHIP database. Here is the Information required:

  •      Registry name
  •      Registry number
  •      Sex
  •      Color 
  •      Date of birth

Print the classification forms prior to your scheduled classification date.  One for is required for each alpaca to be classified.

If other farm(s) or boarded Suris are participating in a planned joint classification schedule, each farm or owner must complete the above steps as well.

NO ARI Certificate? If you do not have an ARI certificate because the Suri has not completed the registration process with ARI or it is a pet or fiber Suri that will not be registered, you need to complete the No ARI Form.

Classification Fees/Costs: 

1.  $500 per day for a classification, paid to the classifier.

2.  $75 paid to The Suri Network for administration.

3.  Travel and room & board expenses, where applicable.

     S.H.I.P. Classification Expense Guidelines.

4.  Non-members of Suri Network are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $75.

A classifier can process between 40 to 50 alpacas per day. Your preparedness is important to keeping costs down.  Read and follow this  S.H.I.P. Preparation Guidelines  to help you prepare for a smooth classification.

a.  Each Suri takes 7-10 minutes to classify.
b.  Recently shorn Suris need to have bagged fleece on tables.
c.  There needs to be a clean, dry flat area for the review of conformation and fiber traits.
d.  All Suris need to be ready for review with handlers to manage them.
e.  Proper coordination with other area breeders when cost sharing fees and expenses.
f.  Communicate with the Classifier in advance to ensure you are ready.

g.  Owners will print and provide a Fleece Evaluation Form and a Conformation Evaluation Form for each alpaca to be evaluated.  These forms will be available once you are registered and have access to the database.

Share costs with other farms. Where possible, share costs. Example: You have 15 Suris and your neighbor down the road has 25 Suris. You both agree to have a classification, which should be done in one day. Thus, there is only a one day fee of $500 charge, which you agree to share. Also, the two farms agree to provide meals and lodging for the classifier, as well as transportation costs. If the classifier is flying, you agree to provide round-trip transportation to and from the airport. 

How & when are payments made.  Following the classification, the farm will pay the classifier the $500 per day classification fee on site.  The classifier will then submit an invoice to the farm for expenses to be reimbursed.  Copies of receipts for expenses will be submitted with the invoice. Farms should be prepared to settle the expense invoice within two weeks of receipt.  


  Suri Network
P.O. Box 1984
Estes Park, Colorado   80517
Phone: (970) 586-5876
Fax: (970) 591-0007

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