The Judging Process, Advancements in the Industry and How to Use Fleece Score Cards and Comments to Advance Your Breeding Program
Ever wonder what judges are looking for in the show ring when the examine the alpacas fleece - or in the fleece room? Judges have been intensely trained on how to evaluate fleece according to an ideal (fleece show) and in comparison to other alpacas in a halter class. While judges’ style or methodology may vary, they are trained to judge according to the rules and in consideration of their continuing education.
Sara Jane Maclennan has been judging alpaca fleece and halter shows since 2005 across the United States, Canada, and Australia. This presentation will give you an inside track on the judging process, advancements in the industry, and how to use fleece score cards and comments to advance your breeding program.
Realize Your Dreams
Presented by Ken Hibbits Please join us for an interactive session designed to assist you to further develop and refine Your Alpaca Business Strategy and Herd Marketing efforts.
So What's the Big deal about breeding alpacas?
Presented by Sarah Donahoe and Carol Howard So what’s the big deal about breeding alpacas? Put a male in with a female, and voila, 11 months (and counting….and counting) you have a textbook birth and a healthy aria RIGHT?!?! If you’ve been in the alpaca business for even a short time, you can probably relate well to the above. Alpacas have unique breeding and cycling patterns compared to other ruminants. Breeding problems happen and keeping good records and understanding hormone cycles will go a long way in helping you and your veterinarian solve those problems. Because waiting a year and not having a pregnancy is NOT FUN!!!!
Discuss normal breeding cycles and behavior testing
Differentiate pros and cons of hand versus field breeding
Describe common breeding problems.
Learn about diagnostic evaluation for female and male fertility problems
Carol’s Bio Chris and Carol Howard created Cinco C’s Alpacas in 2002 when Carol retired from medical administration to manage the alpaca farm full-time. Cinco C’s Alpacas is a seed stock producer that maintains a 100+ herd of colored huacaya alpacas. Carol shows nationally, sells her champion breeding stock, and has an extensive lineup of herdsires available for hire. She operates an on-farm retail store that offers alpaca fiber, yarn, and products which are sourced from their alpacas and processed in the USA. Cinco C’s Alpacas has been a boarding and quarantine facility for exportation to Denmark and the UK since 2015. The challenge to find knowledgeable veterinary help in her rural area motivated her to research and attend numerous seminars and conferences available to provide her herd the very best care. Carol’s desire to help other breeders by sharing her experience and knowledge began a collaboration with her business partner, Sarah Donahoe of Long Acres Alpaca Farm in 2018. The Alpaca Learning Connection offers varied hands-on workshops for prospective, new, and established breeders.
Sarah's Bio Sarah and Mike established Long Acres Alpaca Farm in 2004. Sarah owns and manages a herd of over 100 huacaya alpacas full time, and is involved in every aspect of their care and the farm in general, including husbandry and hay farming. Ninety percent of the operation is in the commercial industry, and they maintain a 10% interest in the artisan market with their smaller grey alpaca program. Sarah’s formal education is in human medicine and she has worked as a Critical Care Nurse, Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nurse Practitioner.