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Seminars & Workshops

For the GENERAL PUBLIC and Alpaca Owners

What’s an Alpaca, and What on Earth Are They Good For??? 

 Presented by Dave and Teri Grembi

Point of View Alpacas, Mt. Sidney, VA

This seminar is designed for the general public, people who are curious about these amazing animals, and people who are trying to decide if becoming an alpaca owner is right for them. The goals of this seminar are to develop an awareness of alpacas by providing some basic fun facts, develop an understanding of the alpaca lifestyle, and briefly explore some business opportunities associated with alpaca ownership. Guaranteed to give the attendees an appreciation of the alpaca, and the quality of their fleece, and guaranteed to make you SMILE! 

 Does Your Personality Match Your Alpaca Farm Business?

 How To Know If You’re on The Right Path in the Alpaca Business



Getting the Right Equipment to Meet Your Small Farm Needs

Rick Ritenour is an expert in outdoor equipment.  He owns and operates two Equipment Centers in Pennsylvania and with his wife Renee, own a large and very successful alpaca farm (The Alpaca Palace).  If you have questions as to what equipment might best meet your alpaca farm needs, Rick is the man to help you.

Take Better Photos of Your Alpacas

Paula Mignogno is a professional photographer and alpaca breeder along with her husband Dennis.  She will offer a seminar on Saturday morning at 10 on how to better photograph your alpaca taking into account angles, time of day, camera versus cell phone, etc.  She will also cover how to get good photos of black animals (always a tough job), photographing your herd sires to show off their best look, and photographing those adorable cries.  Great photos help to sell alpacas.  One lucky attendee will win a door prize.  This is a must attend seminar.

Expand your Alpaca Business! - What is being done with Alpaca Fiber?
Wade Gease will give a global view of products and trends.  See different and unique ways alpaca fiber is being transformed into products to provide you inspiration.  Included will be a discussion on the "Big Picture" of alpaca fiber and its Pro's and Con's!
Alpaca Insurance Issues
Steve Purdy, Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist, will talk about the proper way to insure your farm and provide adequate liability.  He will give examples of the most common insurance mistakes that alpaca owners and breeders make.  Come learn how to protect you farm and assets.  

Fiber Prep for the Mill - New Era Fiber

Karl Heinrich of New Era Fiber in Gallatin TN will do a seminar on things to consider when preparing your fleeces for the fiber mill.  Includes a slide presentation.

Presentation by Representative of the SURI NETWORK

Have you ever wondered about Suri alpacas?  A representative from the Suri Network will give a presentation about the less well known breed of alpacas, the Suri breed.  The Suri's have a breed standard which is something the huacaya have not yet achieved.  Come and listen to how this breed standard works and other interesting facts about these lovely animals.


Fiber Demos All Weekend

Samantha J's Fiber Farm will be doing Spinning Demos all weekend on spindle and wheel.

Theresa Jewell of Stoney Meadow Alpaca Farm/Stone Mountain Looms will be doing weaving on several different looms all weekend