The National Commercial Alpaca Fleece Show 2016

The Event

America’s first alpaca fleece evaluation based on commercial processing and manufacturing needs!

Now in its third year and completely revamped following exhibitors’ comments and feedback.

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The Purpose

This event has been developed to educate growers as to what the larger commercial industry values, what it pays for and what it expects from sellers.

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The Score Card

The aim of the event is to highlight what is needed to deliver quality fiber to our buyers, both current and in the future. It is premised on the sale of 280+ pound bales of one micron range fleeces.

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Sponsorship

Fleece growers can support the concept of this event through individual sponsorship at any of the levels available. There are categories for huacaya and suri individual classes, as well as Most Valuable Fleece.

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The Alpaca Fleece Event

America’s first alpaca fleece evaluation based on commercial processing and manufacturing needs!

Now in its third year and completely revamped following exhibitors’ comments and feedback.

Entry

There are no Early Bird registrations this year. This is a mail-in event and all fleeces must be prepaid for return delivery (see delivery instructions) using USPS, FedEx or UPS.

The entry fee is reduced to $20 and includes three premium OFDA 2000 fiber tests on each fleece. There is no limit on the number of fleeces entered by any one farm or alpaca business. More than 5 fleeces from any one exhibitor will benefit from an entry fee of only $10.

Fleeces will be measured, tested and returned within 48 hours of arrival.

Entries are now open and the last day for entries is September 30, 2016.

Classes and Prizemoney

All classes are determined by fiber diameter as tested with the OFDA 2000 machine, and each class will have a winner with the highest value fleece winning the Most Valuable Fleece award and prizemoney of $200.

Individual class winners will receive prizemoney of $50.

Judging and Results

ALL fleeces will be grid sampled in three places and the results posted on a special webpage at www.alpacastats.com as well as an individual webpage for each owner.

Fleeces deemed of Low or No Commercial Value have no class or prize money status.

Results will be posted on the event website for a year and then archived for future reference by exhibitors and the public alike.

Fleece Delivery and Presentation

Fleeces are to be presented as if for sale and the winning fleeces will be decided by the total price each fleece attracts. This is a mail-in event, which implies that all entries will arrive by mail, FedEx or UPS and that all fleeces will be returned by the same delivery carrier. To make this happen efficiently and reliably, the following protocols must be followed:
Mail-in by USPS: either pre-pay USPS for return delivery or enclose a check for the amount it costs to send in the fleece before you seal the box
FedEx and UPS: both carriers offer a pre-paid return delivery service which can be activated when lodging the box for delivery
• Fleeces should be placed in a plastic bag with the top left open and with newspaper separating multiple entries
• Each fleece must be identified with a card or piece of paper so there can be no confusion as to which fleece is which fleece!

The Purpose of the Event

Most commercial buyers buy sight unseen, in other words they buy on objective data with a dose of their individual grower-related experience.

Fleeces are ‘lotted’ together by description into bales to create economic benefits to both buyer and seller. It is the sole responsibility for the grower to accurately, and consistently, describe their product so the buyer can have confidence in purchasing what they cannot see.

While it is early days yet for bales to come together on individual farms it is not too early for growers to network similar fleeces into bale-sized sale consignments—and as alpaca numbers, and fleece weights, rise this will become more and more common.

This event has been developed to educate growers as to what the larger commercial industry values, what it pays for and what it expects from sellers.

It means everything that goes into a buying decision (and by default what growers and breeders should be producing) is converted to a straight out dollar value—no opinions on density, no guesses on micron, presence of primaries or uniformity, just raw data.

There are several conditions that have been included in determining value outside of the measurable traits and they include evenness of staple length, color, presence of guard hair, vegetable matter contamination, and strength.

Brightness and luster have been included not because buyers necessarily value it but because the breeding industry puts some value on it.

The event does not promote any one trait over another nor does it penalize fiber diameter. It does recognizes superior fleeces in two micron bands where there are no penalties for higher micron fleeces over finer ones, except price.

The event simply provides a value for every fleece through a pricing structure that reflects end use and demand.

Fleeces are put into fiber diameter determined classes, prices are set by using the AWI price index for merino wool a week before the event closes, and returns/value is determined by weight.

The Score Card

Summary

The aim of the event is to highlight what is needed to deliver quality fiber to our buyers, both current and in the future.
It is premised on the sale 280+ pound bales of one micron range fleeces.

Emphasis is placed on uniformity of micron and staple/lock length, lack of color contamination, good comfort factor,
freedom from guard hair and vegetable matter contamination, and strong fiber for optimal processability.

Weight of Scores for 100 Points

*I am betwixt and between a score for fineness—the most sought-after micron range for processors is not the finest but the low 20's, yet we traditionally appoint more points for finer fleeces. Surveyed growers though want a fineness value in the scorecard so I have provided it.

Fineness

20 Points

20 points for under 19 micron and one point deduction for each micron range higher than under 19 micron.

Uniformity of Micron

20 Points

20 points for under 3.5 micron SD with a half point deduction for each point more than 3.5 micron.

Vegetable Matter Contamination

15 Points

15 points for no contamination, 10 points for light and no points for heavy.

Comfort Factor

10 Points

10 points for over 97%, one point deduction for each 1% under 97 to 95% and net 3 points for under 95%.

Uniformity of Length

10 Points

10 points for length variation of less than 10mm and 5 points deduction if more than 10mm.

Tensile Strength

10 Points

10 points for strong, 2 points if weak.

Color Contamination

10 Points

10 points for none, 0 points for any contamination (greys excepted).

Brightness/Luster

5 Points

5 points for good, 3 points for average, 0 points for little.

Price Per Pound

The AWI merino wool average price per 2 micron range for the latest sales will be applied to each class at the time of the event. This price will be applied to the weight to determine fleece value.

The Fleece Classes

The micron range for each class has been expanded to 3 microns (in both huacaya and suri) and the classes will be:

Under 19 micron

19.1 to 22 micron

22.1 to 25 micron

Color groups within each class are:

White

Light

(Beige and Light Fawn)

Medium

(Brown)

Dark

(Dark Brown, Bay Black)

Grey

Black

Registration

Enter Your Details and Fleeces Online

The $20 entry fee per fleece includes three premium OFDA 2000 fiber tests on each fleece.
There is no limit on the number of fleeces entered by any one farm or alpaca business.
More than 5 fleeces from any one exhibitor will benefit from an entry fee of only $10 per fleece.

Fleeces will be measured, tested and returned within 48 hours of arrival.

Entries are now open and the last day for entries is September 30, 2016.

Please label each fleece with the alpaca’s name and colour, and send to:
1540 San Bernardo Creek Road, Morro Bay CA 93442

 

Enter Fleeces Here

Sponsorship

Fleece growers can support the concept of this event through individual sponsorship at any of the levels available.
There are categories for both huacaya and suri for each individual class and for the Most Valuable Fleece as well.

This being a ‘different’ alpaca event, there is a ‘different’ way to participate in sponsorships.
Sponsorships will be available either as a single purchase total sum for an award or a collective sum made up of donations (in multiples of $20) from groups of individual people.
Once a particular sponsorship has been filled the contributions will be closed for that award.

Each sponsor/donor will be recognized on this website with a link to their own website and an acknowledgement.

Full class sponsorship will have the same website link and acknowledgement and the choice of a complimentary biopsy test or five free OFDA 2000 fiber tests.

Most Valuable Fleece awards will receive the website link, acknowledgement, naming rights for the award and either 2 biopsy tests or 10 OFDA 2000 fiber tests.

Sponsorships can be paid on-line using the credit card facility.

If sponsorships fall short in any class, the difference will be picked up by the convener so all prize-money is GUARANTEED!

  • Huacaya
    Most Valuable Fleece

  • $ 200
  • Suri
    Most Valuable Fleece

  • $ 200
  • Huacaya
    Under 19 micron

  • $ 50
  • Suri
    Under 19 micron

  • $ 50
  • Suri
    19.1 to 22 micron

  • $ 50

Our Sponsors

Thank you so much for your support.