Education & Seminars

Free Seminars During the Show

Alpacas 101.

MOPACA will conduct seminars several times during the weekend on alpaca basics for the general public and any newbies who would like to attend.  Meet at the MOPACA Welcome Table at the North end of the Arena for a one hour seminar on alpaca basics.  Please see the Show Schedule for times and places.

Saturday’s Lunchtime Educational Seminar

Join alpaca breeders in the Board Room, 2nd Floor of Hale Arena, for this free educational session.  Grab some lunch at the Concession Stand and join the group!

Getting to Know Your Alpaca Fiber – Fiber Evaluation, Best Uses, and Processing Options

Learn about alpaca fiber from Christian Davies of C & M Acres Fiber Mill located in Maxwell, Iowa. He and his wife, Michelle raise both huacaya and suri alpacas.  They are very involved in the alpaca industry including showing, breeding stock, fiber processing, fiber arts and providing educational seminars. In 2012 they started their fiber mill and can handle all processing steps in house. They process all types of fiber into roving, bumps, batts, felt and yarn.

This seminar will discuss how to evaluate alpaca fiber; micron; histograms; how fine is fine; tensile strength; staple length; density; what can affect the fiber and what it can be used for. He will also cover fiber processing options: hand processing and machine processing through a mill. This will include what steps are needed in mill processing and why the mills charge so much.