You will need:>
• >A skirting table. >
• >Alpaca Prime Blanket, preferably noodled. >
• >Tweezers >
• >Credit Card or Small piece of stiff cardboard >
• >Postage Scale with bowl or basket for weighing>
• >1 Gallon Zip Lock Bag >
• >A copy of the ARI Certificate for the Alpaca entered in the Spin Off >
• >A color photo, no larger than 4 x 6, of the alpaca, preferably in full fleece.>
• >A copy of the registration for the show >
• >Fleece tag from the show registration site. >
1. >Spread your blanket out on the table, cut side up.>
2. >Examine the blanket for a prime location to pull a sample. Fleece should be AT LEAST 3” per AOA Show Book.>
3. >Select a sample of fiber from the prime section of the blanket. This would be the center of the side of the alpaca where you would>
take a fiber sample from for a histogram.
4. >Select a relatively large area of the fiber using your best judgment of between 2 – 3 ounces.>
Once you have done this several times you will get to know the amount you need based on the density of your alpaca.
5. >Tare your scale. >
a. >Place a bowl or basket on the scale. This will be used to hold the fiber. >
b. >Turn the scale and then push the Tare button. The scale should set to zero.>
6. >Place the fiber you have selected into the basket or bowl. Make sure you have AT LEAST 2.5 oz>
7. >Check for any second cuts or nubs from the shearing. >
a. >Gather the sample together and hold tightly in your fist. Cut side between thumb and forefinger.>
b. >Take the credit card and “swipe” it several times across the cut end of the fibers.>
Firm enough to loosen any nubs but not pull the fibers up.
c. >Grab another section and repeat. DO NOT separate from the bundle. Keep sample together as best you can during this process.>
8. >Place your sample in the 1 Gallon Bag.>
9. >Weigh the sample on your postal scale. Make sure you have between 2 -3 ounces of fiber.>
Over 3 Ounces is not encouraged, fewer than 2 or over 4 will get you point deductions.
10. >Remove the sample from the bag and clean it of all vegetable matter.>
a. >Grab the sample by the cut end, holding it tightly; shake it and pat it with your other hand to remove loose dirt and debris.>
Bounce it on your table a few times until most of the dust and dirt is gone.. Again, keeping the sample together as best you can.
b. >Put the sample on your table, cut side up. Carefully open the bundles and using the tweezers, remove any debris that is left.>
Be careful not to disrupt the structure of the fleece, lock structure and bundling.
c. >Flip the sample over and repeat step b.>
d. >Keep flipping and cleaning until you are satisfied with cleanliness of the sample. >
11. >Carefully arrange the sample into it’s natural shape. Gather it into your fist and insert it into the 1 gallon zip lock bag. >
If your bag has a white box for writing, put the outside of the fiber (the dirty side) to that side of the bag.
Remember your sample will be graded on First Impression 5 Points So you want the clean pretty side to show the most !
12. >Insert your 4 x 6 photo and Fleece Tag on the dirty side of the fiber inside the bag.>
13. >Compress the fiber if needed to fit into your shipping container. Zip the bag closed. >
a. >DO NOT WRITE ON THE BAG or THE PHOTO ! >
14. >Make sure your shipping container is large enough to accommodate your ARI certificate UNFOLDED.>
You can roll them up and secure with a small piece of tape or paper clip. The Medium size flat rate USPS Priority boxes are exactly
the same size as the ARI. They will hold up to 6 -8 samples if you compress them enough.
15. >Place your ARI certificates, Samples, Payment (if paying by check) and a copy of your registration forms into the shipping container. Address the container and put it in the mail so that it is post marked BEFORE the deadline.>
Wait for the show ! Your samples and Ribbons will be mailed back to you, if you requested / paid for that.
Most arrive within 2 weeks after the show date.
Author: Marjorie Phipps ~ Barnett’s Creek Farm, LLC ~ Liberty, KY