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America’s first alpaca fleece show based on commercial needs.
Learn what the commercial industry values and pays for.
This is a mail-in event—no attendance required!
Prize money guaranteed.
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.
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 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.
*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.
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
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!
Most Valuable Fleece
Most Valuable Fleece