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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.

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Fiber Workshop by Sally Brandon - Arkansas - May 2018

Things to do with Your Newly Sheared Fleeces

Fiber Workshop
SATURDAY MAY 19, 2018
12677 Cove Creek N
Prairie Grove, AR 72753 (close to Fayetteville)

Berry Sweet Suris has offered to host this event.  Their address is shown above and it is near Fayetteville, AR.   A "box or build your own sandwich" style lunch will be provided (included in price).  If you have special dietary needs, please bring what you need.

One Day Workshop taught by Sally Brandon who co-owns The Shepherd's Mill in Phillipsburg, Kansas. 

Time is planned to be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with one hour provided lunch. PLUS ADDED ITEMS AFTERWARD (SEE DETAILS)

Cost - $75 each for members (all).  Non-members at only $125 each.

At this workshop you will learn:
* the effects of blending alpaca with bamboo, merino wool, silk and tencel
* how dying of varying percentages work on white, med. fawn, brown and black alpacas
* the advantages of blending
* what you can do to process most economically and make the end product more marketable
* proper fleece preparation before you send/deliver it to the mill

Each farm of 1 or 2 people attending will receive a sample booklet of the blending of the 4 fibers with alpaca as well as the differing effects of dyes with the four different colors of alpaca. We believe this will be a powerful tool to use in making important processing decisions. 

During lunch, a board member or other experienced rancher will be available to discuss various aspects of retailing operations that can help you move your business forward!  This will be an excellent value add for you to take advantage of while at the workshop.

ANOTHER PLUS - In addition to the above educational workshop, The Shepherd’s Mill is accepting fleece for processing at their mill. They are also interested in buying 20-25micron black, bay black ; light Fawn; and white fleece. Contact Sally at 785-543-3128 for specifics. At the workshop we can evaluate your fleece for micron measurement as well as weigh your fleece bags. All fleece intake must take place after 5:00.

We have also reserved a small block of rooms (6) at the Candlewood Suites Fayetteville. The rate is $119 and discounts also apply if you book single or king. You have to book your room by calling (479) 856-6262 BY FRIDAY 5/4 and mentioning TXOLAN. The timing crunch is due to it being graduation time and no one wanted to give us a small block.

TO REGISTER - Go to the "Store" tab on www.TXOLAN.org and choose the member or non-member option as relates to your status.  If you want to join TXOLAN, simply go to the "Join" tab first and then return to the "Store" and register as a member!!

If you are a current Premier or Education member of TXOLAN click here Member Registration

If you are NOT a current member click here  Non-member Registration