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Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery

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Advanced Fiber Sorting/Grading Class

February 23-25th

Taught by Jody Hezoucky and Pam Ellenberger



Karen Ball


Cost $475


This Advanced Course requires completion of the Basic Course and a passing score on the final exam before registering.  We allow for taking the Advanced course up to 18 months after successful completion of the Basic Course.

In this Advanced 3 day Course, you will build on the overview and training presented in the 1 day Basic Course (a Prerequisite to this course.)  It is geared to those individuals who want more in-depth education and/or are interested in developing a business sorting for other fiber bearing livestock owners or fiber purchasers.

After a review of material covered previously, this course will provide a more in depth study of fiber characteristics, structure, types and how to identify them.  Extensive review of fiber samples along with hands on fleece evaluation, sorting and grading will follow.  You will have the opportunity to examine alpaca, wool and other fiber types we have available.   In addition, instruction in documentation and record keeping will be presented, along with requirements for different sorting clients as it will be required for those who choose to continue the training in the Apprenticeship.  We only allow for a 2 week period after successful completion of the Advanced Course to sign up for the Apprenticeship portion of the program.  This is to ensure those interested benefit from immediate knowledge and experience in moving forward towards completion of becoming a Master Sorter/Grader.   We encourage you to consider signing up for the Advanced and be prepared for sign up for the Apprenticeship Program immediately upon successful completion of the Advanced Course.

Updated November 12, 2018