Pre-Symposium Volunteering & Workshops

Fleece Room Volunteering

When you register, there is a comment box where you can indicate that you wish to volunteer in the fleece room.  We will need help from 8am-5pm Tuesday August 6th through Thursday August 8th. 


TWO Workshops are offered Thursday afternoon August 8th prior to the Symposium:


Workshop #1 Skirting for Show  REGISTER HERE

Wini Labrecque will discuss which fleece attributes are judged and why and skirt two fleeces.  Participants may bring ONE of their own fleeces to skirt during the class, or one will be provided.  Thursday, August 8, 2019, Class fee $65, Pre-Registration required.


Workshop #2 Dyeing for Suri! REGISTER HERE

 Explore hand painting, natural Bengala and Indigo dyeing of Suri fiber with Dan Corley of Alta Vida Ranch.  Class fee $45 + $20 materials fee payable directly to Dan during class.  Materials fee includes skein of suri yarn and dye materials. Participants may bring an additional skein of their own if they would like to experiment.  1-4pm Thursday Aug. 8, 2019.  Pre-Registration required.


Participants may choose to use their dyed skein in the “Suriusly Wonderful World of Weaving” on Friday or Saturday.  This will be an introduction to weaving: pros, cons, definitions and techniques with exposure to rigid heddle, Saori, multi shaft and more.


Presentation Descriptions - Friday

Developing Trends in the USA Suri Market - Jude Anderson

In our opening general session, Jude will share historical perspective on US suris, with data on recent trends, along with suri show system developments and ways we can take the suri industry forward - together!  Jude will discuss what's not working, what is working, what producers want from suri growers, potential changes under consideration and how suri breeders can work together to support and build the suri fiber industry. 


Accelerating Quality in Suri Products - Wini Labrecque

In this general session, Wini will discuss the  Suri Simply Stunning™ mark application,  the importance of the data requested and how this relates to producing quality suri products.


Fiber Evaluation with Cheryl Gehly 

Cheryl Gehly and Amanda Vandenbosch will each conduct fiber evaluation break out sessions.  They will highlight fleeces in every color group that did not win their class or receive special awards.  They will focus on the merits and feedback that fleece judging provides to every entry, not just to the winners.  Discussion will center on using the fleece judging scorecard as another tool in the breeder toolbox relative to future decision-making.   


Hands On Suri Sorting - Wini Labrecque

In this break-out session, Wini will give an overview of fiber characteristics and how they are beneficial to processing for best results, followed by hands on instruction in evaluating suri fleece and sorting it into uniform “batches” based on grade, color and length.  Wini will address fleece structure, fineness, uniformity, length and what may influence changes in them.  Fiber samples will be passed around to emphasize certain characteristics.  Participants will evaluate suri fiber samples to determine sorting grade to enable a better understanding of the process.  The various grades will be discussed as well as their uses. 




Pain Management - Dr. Tim Holt

Dr. Holt is certified in veterinary medical acupuncture and chiropractic care and has helped introduce alternative treatments for livestock. He is known for the breadth of his knowledge and expertise, which he has offered to a variety of audiences.



S.H.I.P. In Action - Cheryl Gehly

Cheryl Gehly will take participants through the Classification process and how it can be beneficial for your breeding program.   The eight traits for each of the conformation and fleece portions of the evaluation will be defined, identified and scored. This will be an educational opportunity not frequently available to those who have yet to register for a herd analysis using the SHIP program.  The goal is that participants will leave this experience with a more informed eye toward identifying traits in their own herd. 


Fiber Evaluation with Amanda Vandenbosch

Cheryl Gehly and Amanda Vandenbosch will each conduct fiber evaluation break out sessions.  They will highlight fleeces in every color group that did not win their class or receive special awards.  They will focus on the merits and feedback that fleece judging provides to every entry, not just to the winners.  Discussion will center on using the fleece judging scorecard as another tool in the breeder toolbox relative to future decision-making.   


Halter Show 101

Presented by Ray & Candy McMahan of Raynay Alpaca Farm, Tim & Beth Sheets of Heritage Farm Suri Alpacas and Sue King of Big Timber Alpacas.  Join experienced Suri owners who will share their process, learning and tips for preparing Suri alpacas for a halter show.  Topics may include marketing your farm and alpaca at the show, benefits of showing, evaluating animals for show, preparing and training to reduce stress for you and your animals, transportation, what to bring, and how to handle your alpaca in the ring.  Ask your questions in a low stress, learning environment!


Suriusly Wonderful World of Weaving!

An introduction to weaving with instructor Dan Corley, of Alta Vida Alpacas.  This workshop will include Pros, Cons, definitions and techniques with hands on exposure to rigid heddle, Saori, multishaft and more!  Class limited to 7 unless you bring your own loom.



Register here for the 2019 Summer Symposium!


Developing Trends in the USA Suri Market - Jude Anderson

In our opening general session, Jude will share historical perspective on US suris, with data on rece

Presentation Descriptions - Saturday

Business as a Movement:  EILEEN FISHER's Sustainability Journey in the Fashion World - Amy Hall

Hearing Amy Hall speak about the journey and process of achieving sustainable textiles at EILEEN FISCHER will inspire and inform every Suri grower, as her message transcends industry and business size.  Amy is considered the foremost expert on sustainability in the commercial textile market, and the Suri Network is excited to have her as general session and break out session presenter.

 

You will earn about EILEEN FISHER’s sustainability journey and what the company is doing today - not just to shift its own actions, but to influence the broader industry toward more people and planet-friendly practices.  How does real change happen?  Who is ultimately responsible?  And, perhaps most important, can an entire industry change?  These are some of the questions Amy will explore in her remarks.


Global Perspective with the Suri Alpaca - Amanda VandenBosch

Amanda will provide a global view of the Suri Alpaca industry, including export opportunities and challenges, international evaluation and developments.



Lunch and Suri Network Annual Meeting

During lunch we will have the Suri Network Annual meeting as required in the bylaws.  The big news this year will be our branding initiative Suri Simply StunningTM .  The Jim Barker and Judy Steele awards will also be presented.  


Fiber Evaluation with Cheryl Gehly and Amanda Vandenbosch

Cheryl Gehly and Amanda Vandenbosch will each conduct fiber evaluation break out sessions.  They will highlight fleeces in every color group that did not win their class or receive special awards.  They will focus on the merits and feedback that fleece judging provides to every entry, not just to the winners.  Discussion will center on using the fleece judging scorecard as another tool in the breeder toolbox relative to future decision-making.   


Embryo Transfer - Jude Anderson 

Several years ago, members of AOA voted to allow the registration of cria born as a result of embryo transfer.  In this break-out session you’ll get an update from a breeders who has used embryo transfer in their herd.  This session will focus on what they have learned and what a breeder needs to know before, during and after implementation of embryo transfer.  Questions are welcomed!



Hands on Suri Sorting - Wini Labrecque

In this break-out session, Wini will give an overview of fiber characteristics and how they are beneficial to processing for best results, followed by hands on instruction in evaluating suri fleece and sorting it into uniform “batches” based on grade, color and length.  Wini will address fleece structure, fineness, uniformity, length and what may influence changes in them.  Fiber samples will be passed around to emphasize certain characteristics.  Participants will evaluate suri fiber samples to determine sorting grade to enable a better understanding of the process.  The various grades will be discussed as well as their uses.


Business as a Movement - A Deeper Dive - Amy Hall

Let's explore the role of small business and cottage industry in the large-scale sustainable apparel movement.  What strategies and tactics work? What are the challenges currently faced? How can we join forces toward a shared vision future of the planet?


Fiber Evaluations - Jude Anderson

Jude Anderson will conduct a fiber evaluation breakout session.  She will highlight fleeces in every color group that did not win their class or receive special awards.  They will focus on the merits and feedback that fleece judging provides to every entry, not just to the winners.  Discussion will center on using the fleece judging scorecard as another tool in the breeder toolbox relative to future decision-making. 


Suriusly Wonderful World of Weaving!

An introduction to weaving with instructor Dan Corley, of Alta Vida Alpacas.  This workshop will include Pros, Cons, definitions and techniques with hands on exposure to rigid heddle, Saori, multishaft and more!  Class limited to 7 unless you bring your own loom.



Register here for the 2019 Summer Symposium!



  


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