Date: April 28 and 29, 2018
Location: West Niagara Agricultural Centre

Online registration opens March 1, 2018


Wini Labrecque - Walking Fleece Judge

Judge for: 2018  Fleece/Fibre

Wini Labrecque has been involved in the fiber industry since the late 1980s. With a focus on natural fibers, she has developed an extensive background in utilization and promotion of all types of fibers for practical and commercial use. Wini is a weaver, hand spinner, felter, knitter, crocheter and dyer.

She is an AOA Certified Alpaca Fleece judge, Certified Camelid Fiber Grader/Sorter/Classer through Olds College in Canada, Trained Grader/Sorter of cashmere fiber as well as trained in judging cashmere. Wini is currently involved in the SUNY/Cobleskill Certificate Training Program in Sorting, Grading and Classing of Fiber as administrator and trainer. In addition, she has been working with June Cashmere to help develop better cashmere production, collection and marketing with nomad people of Kyrgyzstan. Working with IYAK (Int'l Yak Association) she has been instrumental in developing criteria and judging protocol for yak fiber both on and off the animal. Wini is a past founding partner in a company dedicated to utilization of all grades of alpaca fiber into woven fabric for home d├ęcor use.

A retired Veterinary Assistant, Wini and her husband John have raised alpacas, cashmere producing goats, angora goats, sheep and angora rabbits over the years. Wini's background gives her the unique opportunity to share her knowledge with others to help enhance their own livestock programs.

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