A shearing & classing workshop was held at Baarrooka on 18 & 19 September. In all, 35 people attended on the two days, allowing great hands on opportunities. The workshop covered planning ans set-up for shearing day, all about combs and cutters, shearing and rousabouting (or pre-classing), classing of fleeces for processing and measuring, recording and using the fleece data (fineness, consistency, length, weight, etc) to enhance breeding decisions.
Both Suri and huacaya fleece was covered and participants included new entranants to the industry and experienced breeders. The workshop presenters, included Peter White, combs/cutter developer, Graham Moore, shearer and Julie Wilkinson, Robyn Betts and Jen Hall, alpaca breeders, members of Strathbogie Rangers Suri Breeders and passionate suri fleece promoters.