Have you got loads of fleece stored in the shed because you don't know what to do with it, or aren't sure you are skirting properly? If so our Full On Fleece Day will be a great day for you. Bring your fleece along, learn how to skirt it and how it can be processed.
The morning will be spent learning how to skirt your fleeces (bring your own fleece) for showing, and for processing. In the afternoon we travel to Clivewood Alpaca Mill, just a few miles away, to see how the fleece is processed by the mill.
About the Workshop Leaders
Janet, a breeder of alpacas since 2008, is a British Alpaca Affiliate Trainer and an active BAS Welfare Committee member. She is qualified to offer all 11 BAS course modules and is trained to BAS Advanced Level. She has attended fibre courses held by Paul Vallely (Australian Alpaca Fibre Testing) and Cameron Holt (International School of Fibres, Australia). As part of her Continuing Professional Development, Janet regularly attends practical workshops on all aspects of alpaca husbandry and handling.
Caroline is a British Alpaca Society Affiliate Trainer and has attended British Alpaca Society training courses up to Advanced Level. She has a B.Sc. from Harper Adams University in Agri-Food with Marketing and Management. She has kept Alpacas since 2012 and now has a herd of 37. She also works with their fibre as a spinner and weaver. In 2018, she and her husband purchased a mini-mill to process alpaca fibre for themselves and other alpaca owners.
Arrival is 9 am for 9.30 start and the day will finish at 5pm. The programme will start at Titus Alpacas, Old Russet Barn, Stanwardine in the Fields, Shropshire SY4 2EX and finish at Clivewood Alpacas, Clive, Shropshire SY4 5PR.
9 - 9.30am Arrival & Refreshments
10am Skirting practical
1 - 1.45pm Lunch (Please advise of any special dietary requirements)
1.45pm Leave for Clivewood Alpaca Mill
2.00pm Tour of Clivewood Alpaca Mill with opportunity for questions
"It was great to know more about the quality of the fleeces and the skirting process, and of course the whole factory experience of what happens when the fleeces arrive for processing. There's a lot more to it than I thought."
There is ample parking at both venues. Normal footwear, but please bring wellies just in case. The skirting session is in a barn with Yorkshire boarding, so can be chilly. Please dress appropriately.
BAS Modules 1 - 5 Module 1: Catching your alpaca Module 2: Fitting a head collar Module 3: Halter training Module 4: Feeding and basic management Module 5: Vaccination, worming...