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About TxOLAN

The TxOLAN Alpaca Association is a regional affiliate of the national Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA). TxOLAN is comprised of alpaca owners and other interested individuals from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico.

Upcoming Events

Feb
9

2018 TXOLAN Sweetheart Spectacular

The 2018 TXOLAN Sweetheart Spectacular will include competition, education, vendors, silent and live... Details >

May
19

Fiber Workshop by Sally Brandon - Arkansas

Fiber Workshop Saturday, May 18, 2018 Little Rock, Arkansas Additional details will be posted whe... Details >

2018 Education Seminars

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

https://www.alpacareg.com

The Registration system now includes the price for education (HIGHLY subsidized) and a check-off box for you to select the individual sessions you want to attend.  THIS IS IMPORTANT TO DO AS WE NEED TO MONITOR INTEREST OF THE SESSIONS to insure space/seating!!

We are posting a Preliminary listing of Education in order to help you start planning.  You'll note that we have some great offerings and instructors.  

The first item will be the return of the free ranging, highly informative Business Forum titled "How to Make a Profit as an Alpaca Rancher in Today's Economy".  There will be a moderator and three ranchers representing small, medium and large ranch perspectives.  Currently our ranchers are Anne Stallcup of Que Sera Alpacas representing medium ranches; Bobby & Diane Dickerson of Rockin' D Suris will discuss the small size ranch perspective; and Marc & Sharon Milligan of Red Granite Alpacas, LLC for large.  Each of the ranchers will give 2-3 key pearls for success based on their experience in their environment.  The class will then be primarily Q&A for you to take advantage of these speakers vast and varied experiences.  We do ask that you start submitting questions ahead of time for best results.  You can send them to our Education coordinator Jeannie Wells at jeanniek13@me.com.


Rhonda Deschner, MD.  Most of you know her or at least of her.  She has been in the business as long as anyone in Texas and will give us an update and overview of the newly approved Embryo Transfer program.  

Roo Kline will be rejoining our event.  Roo is a nationally acclaimed fiber artist and enthusiast.  She is highly regarded in the fiber arts community and will be offering some hands on seminars doing dyeing and tri-loom spinning!  She will also offer opportunities to learn about how to use your fiber which can be both fun and provide some enhancements to your profit margins on products!


A number of new/returning after absence faces will also be arriving and working with us.  

In her second year at TXOLAN, is Andrea Nissen, an award winning fiber artist based in Fayetteville, North Carolina with an impressive history.  She was a speaker at the AOA National Fleece Conference recently and recently became an AOA Accredited Spin-Off Judge.  For more about Andrea, here is a link to her website - http://ionarosestudio.weebly.com/about.html  Andrea will present a number of fiber art-related talks and hands-on classes

As of today, Debbie Miller has indicated that she should be able to be here!  If you know her, contact her and let her know how excited you are that she will be here to impart some of her excellent "Country Doctor" and "From Barn to Boutique" knowledge and pearls to all of us.  This one should help you on the road to improved herd health and profitability! 

Patti Maness, DVM will be speaking on Ultrasound in Alpacas: Females & MALES, too! Dr. Maness will also be the Onsite Vet, plus offer some special services such as ultrasound testing.

Amy McCroskey is returning for her second year and this is very exciting especially if you know her long history with FLEECE, alpacas, and alpaca industry service (a past President of AOA).  It looks like we will be able to learn more about skirting for competition and mills along with some basics about grading and preparing for shearing.  She is a wealth of information and loves to spread it with everyone and we are so happy to see her back again!!  This year she will speak and demonstrate Preparing for ShearingSkirting Techniques and Basics of Sorting & Grading.  Don't miss these opportunities to tap her experience.

A new item this year brings us the Assistant Fire Chief of Fort Worth, Mr. Homer Robertson.  He will be speaking on key issues around What if there is a Fire.  This includes precautions and getting prepared plus proper protocols if evacuation is necessary in case of a major incident or wildfiresThis is a very important safety aspect for all ranches.

Greg Benson, CPA, has agreed to return as we received requests from a few newer ranchers and his good reviews from last year.  He'll be diving into the details of how to Make a Business Plan and Present the Plan.  Both of these are also valuable for you long time ranchers as your original plan probably needs to be reviewed and updated or you may be looking for some new funding.

Another new face appears this year from Texas A&M.  We are pleased to announce that Meredyth Jones, DVM.  She is currently the Associate Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine at A&M and will bring her professional experience to discuss A Different View on Parasitology and Pasture Management.


EDUCATION FEES

This year's fee structure will be simple and is once again highly subsidized by the Association.  A 3 color wrist band system will be used.  YOU WILL STILL BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER YOUR INTERESTS FOR EACH SEMINAR/CLASS DUE TO POTENTIAL SPACE LIMITATIONS.  THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM IS NOW ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE BOTH PAYMENT AND CHECKING OFF THE SEMINARS YOU'D LIKE TO ATTEND.

Fees and wrist band colors are noted in the schedule below:

 


Price Wrist Band Color
Premium Members


Any Seminar any day $25.00 Blue
Friday Only
$20.00 Red
Saturday Only
$15.00 White



 
Education Members


Any Seminar any day $75.00 Blue 
Friday Only
$45.00 Red
Saturday Only
$40.00 White



 
Non-Members/Public


Any Seminar any day $155.00 Blue
Friday Only
$100.00 Red
Saturday Only
$75.00 White

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE - Matches Registration System to assist in your planning and registration

 

 


Date/Start-Finish Subject Instructor(s)
 Friday 9:00-12:00 Small/Med/Large Ranch Forum/Networking Stallcup, Dickerson, Milligan 
 Friday 9:00 10:30 Carding & Roving Preparation A Nissen 
 Friday 9:00 10:30 Pasture Management  M Jones, DVM (Texas A&M) 
 Friday 9:00 12:00 How to train your fleece - Part 1  R Kline 
 Friday 10:15 11:15 Felting A Nissen 
 Friday 11:30-12:30 Extending Grazing Capabilities M Jones, DVM (Texas A&M) 
 Friday 11:30 12:30 Embryo Transfer  R Deschner, MD
 Friday 1:00 2:00 Create New From Old  A Nissen 
 Friday 1:00 4:00 How to train your fleece - Part 2  R Kline 
 Friday 1:00-2:00 Pasture Management M Jones, DVM (Texas A&M) 
 Friday 2:15 3:15 Spin/Weave Intro  A Nissen 
 Friday 2:15-3:15 Extending Grazing Capabilities M Jones, DVM (Texas A&M)
 Friday 2:15 3:15 Business Basics - Make a Plan G Benson, CPA
 Friday 2:15 3:15 Establishing Terminal Markets R Stephens
 Friday 3:30-4:30 Spin/Weave Next Level A Nissen
 Friday 3:30 4:30 Business Basics - Present Plan G Benson, CPA
 Saturday 9:00 10:00 Fiber Sorting  A McCroskey 
 Saturday 9:00 10:00  FAMACHA
R Naylor, DVM
 Saturday 9:00 10:00  Fiber Arts  A Nissen 
 Saturday 9:00 10:00  Spinoff 101  R Kline 
 Saturday 10:15 11:15  Business Marketing  J Reeder 
 Saturday 10:15 11:15  Drop Spindle Spinning  R Kline 
 Saturday 10:15 11:15  Felting  A Nissen 
 Saturday 10:15 11:15  Fiber Grading A McCroskey 
 Saturday 10:15 11:15  Gastrointestinal Parasites: The Guts and the Goo
 P Maness, DVM
 Saturday 1:00 2:00  Bridging the Gap - Connect to Fiber Artists  R Kline 
 Saturday 1:00 2:00  Create New from Old  A Nissen 
 Saturday 1:00 2:00  Ultrasound in Alpacas: Females & MALES, too
P Maness, DVM
 Saturday 2:15 3:15  Spin/Weave Intro  A Nissen 
 Saturday 3:30 4:30  Mini Carding Workshop - Beginner R Kline 
 Sunday 9:00 10:00 Cut strand Tri-loom weaving  R Kline