SHOWING FOR PROFIT

February 7, 2015.

 

       

 

How do you get the most from taking your alpacas, and or your fleece, to an alpaca show? Knowing what is show worthy, through to knowing how to promote your farm, will reflect on how successful you are.

Even if you do not show or don’t own alpacas yet you’ll learn how to make the most of the alpaca show experience.

Showing is like taking your shop front to the public. If you are new to alpacas, have already shown but not experienced the success you thought, or you just want to brush up try this seminar for a day of fun and an education you’ll likely not get anywhere else.

We’ve been showing alpacas since 1992 in Australia and the United States. Jude is an experienced alpaca judge who can share insights from her unique perspective of having judged halter and fleece classes in the US since 2002 and 1998 in Australia.

A friend in the US alpaca industry said to Al Cousill “ The more shows I attend the luckier I get”. But he was a professional so we’d like to help you also become profitable from attending alpaca shows.

There will be lots of hands on and power point presentations. Light breakfast and lunch is included. $30 per head. $50 a couple.

SEMINAR SCHEDULE:

1.     What is “show worthy” ?  9.30am-10.30am

·        Are the alpacas/fleece I choose worth the experience/expense of attending a show?

·        How do I learn what is a  “show worthy” alpaca or fleece?

·        Share in the nuances of selecting alpaca and fleeces for showing.

·        What are the showing guidelines?

2.     Show preparation for halter. 11.00am-12.00noon

·        Show season scheduling

·        Training

·        Desensitizing the alpaca

·        Build your “show essentials” list…from tack to hotels!

·        Transport, avoid the pitfalls!

·        Arriving at the show and understanding the show protocol

·        Pen set up and getting organized with color checks, knowing your classes and show print outs.

LUNCH 12.00-1.00PM

3.     Showing your fleece 1.00pm-2.00pm

·        Is my fleece show worthy and how do I know?

·        What class?

·        Skirting, grading and preparing the fleece

·        Fleece show guidelines

 

4.     Ring manner 2.15pm-3.15pm

·        Ring protocol and conduct of the handler

·        Ring protocol and conduct of the judge

·        Ring protocol and conduct of the ring steward and gate steward

·        Handler conduct

·        Handler dress

·        Animal behavior

·        “Awareness” and handling your alpaca

5.     Promotion of your farm at the show 3.30pm-4.30pm

·        Image and perception is everything

·        Farm booth set up

·        Advertising

·        Pen set up

·        Hints for attracting breeders and public and presenting your “product”

 

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