Basic Farm Sorter Course – March 23 & 24, 2024
Course Description –
Alpaca Fibre: Basic Farm Sorting – Part 1
Pre-requisite to Alpaca Fibre: Classer Certification – Part 2
The success of the alpaca fibre industry relies on quality fibre preparation at shearing time.
Fibre preparation is as essential to adding value to your product as is the shearing.
Participants will develop a good understanding of the basic principles of proper skirting and
sorting techniques, as well as a basic understanding of grading and processing essentials.
This information will help guide the alpaca farmers as they value-add to their raw fibre for
Certification: Participants will receive a certificate of participation issued by Haliburton
School of the Arts. This is simply a certificate stating that the holder has participated in
the two day workshop. The Custom Farm Sorter Certificate is available as an option* for
candidates selecting to have their skills evaluated. To obtain this certificate, participants
will submit 5 skirted fleeces for evaluation by a qualified classer. The two-day Basic
Farm Sorting course is a pre-requisite for participation in the Classer Certification course.
This program has been developed by the Fibre Initiative Committee of Alpaca Ontario, in
cooperation with Haliburton School of the Arts, with the assistance and under the
supervision of Cathy Merkley, Certified Classer and AOBA Judge
Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd and 24th, 2024
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location – Legion Hall
155 Queen St,
Ailsa Craig, ON
Instructor – Denise Martel
*** Printed materials will be provided in a binder – also for use during the Sorter session, for a maximum fee of $25.00 –to be paid to the instructor. ***
REMEMBER – you must prepare two registration forms: one for Alpaca Ontario fees, and one for Haliburton School of the Arts tuition fees.
Fees – AO fee payable to Alpaca Ontario:
- Members – $110.00pp + HST
- Non-members – $120.00pp + HST
Haliburton Fees, payable through Haliburton: Cost $98.98 plus applicable taxes