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Alpaca Fibre Classer Certification Program (Feb 24 to 27, 2014)

Date: Feb 24 to 27, 2014
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Pondview Farm, Newton ON

Alpaca Fibre Sorting and Classing Program

Haliburton School of The Arts – Fleming College has recently begun working with Alpaca Ontario to create and provide Alpaca fibre-related educational opportunities.

Alpaca Fibre: Classer Workshop

Course Code: ARTS2052
Instructor: Cathy Merkley
Dates: Monday to Thursday, February 24 to 27, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Total Hours: 24
Location: Pondview Farm in Newton, Ontario
Fee: $162.96
Prerequisite: Basic Farm Sorting Course
Click on link below to register
Please Register by: Feb. 7

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Course Outline - Fibre Classer Certification
This course has been designed for persons wishing to become classers of alpaca fibre, particularly in the areas of shed classing and classing in a classing warehouse.
The following topics will be taught:
Section 1
A. Review of Harvest Code of Practise
B. Fibre Structure and Growth
C. Fibre Sampling
D. Shearing Shed Preparation and Procedures
Section 2
E. In – depth assessment of alpaca fibre characteristics
F. Factors affecting Value of alpaca fibre
G. Classing Alpaca Fibre

Alpaca Fibre Classer Certification Program – 4 classroom days

Participants may choose to pursue the Apprenticeship Programme

                           Apprenticeship Components

-        200 fleeces skirted and sorted within a 2 year period

-        Evaluation 1 : 25 samples, evaluated and graded

-        Evaluation 2 : 40 hours supervised classing

-        Certificate – Alpaca Fibre Classer Certificate

Cathy Merkley Biography

Cathy Merkley is a full partner in T’n’C Farms and The AlpacaLoft Fibre Studio with Trudy McCall. They live on adjoining properties totalling 18 acres near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. They purchased three huacaya alpacas in 1996 and their herd now numbers over 50 huacayas and 8 suris. They operate an alpaca store and spin, dye, crochet, knit, and felt with alpaca and other natural fibres.

Cathy is an alpaca halter and fleece judge and has judged across Canada as well as in the United States and Germany. She took some of her judge’s training in Peru and has been back to help with fleece judge training. She certified as a fleece classer in 2004 and estimates that she has classed over 12,000 pounds of alpaca fibre since then. She teaches a variety of breeder and fibre specific workshops and seminars.

Cathy is a firm believer in the potential of the alpaca breeding and fibre industry and is committed to its growth and success.

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