Presentation Descriptions - Friday

The Science of Marketing Your Farm Business - Mike DeSorbo

Being Different is Key! In this presentation Mike will help you understand the power of Your Brand and explain ways to strengthen and leverage it in your market. By looking at a few successful brands outside of your industry you will see how you can incorporate the simple things in your business to differentiate you in your market. You will come away from this presentation thinking differently about your business and how to market it.


Drug Resistant Parasites - Dr. Ruthanne McCaslin, DVM

Learn what they are, why we all need to know and care about them, why they are an increasing problem, how to prevent them, how to find out if you have them and how to deal with them if you do have them.   


Alpaca Reproduction - Dr. Signe Balch

Details coming soon...


Building Customer Bases for Fleece Sales - Gabrielle Menn

Would you like to sell-out of your annual clip and take orders for next year’s fleeces?  Let’s talk “value” – market value, perceived value, unique value, and valuing your fiber!  I’ll share my secrets of who buys fleece at above-market prices, how to find them, and how you can help them to find you.  Learn how to make sample cards and “bio pages” that attract customers and get ideas for other fun things that will keep your customers coming back for more.




Advanced Marketing Techniques - Mike DeSorbo

In this hands-on workshop, Mike will lead you through the steps to create an action plan for your business. You will create a plan that will help you focus on what’s important and avoid spending time and energy on what’s nice to do, instead of what you need to do. You will leave the workshop with an outline for your business that will provide a path for profitable growth.


The Science of Alpaca Internal Disease - Dr. Christopher Cebra, DVM

This presentation will outline some of the ways alpacas are unique biomedically and how this affects their susceptibility to certain diseases, as well as creates potential roles for them in global healthcare issues.


Fiber Evaluation - Amanda VandenBosch and Cheryl Gehy

Amanda Vandenbosch and Cheryl Gehly will conduct fiber evaluation clinics in the fleece show room.  They will highlight fleeces in every color group that did not win their class or receive special awards.  They will focus on the merits and feedback that fleece judging provides to every entry, not just to the winners.  Discussion will center on using the fleece judging scorecard as another tool in the breeder toolbox relative to future decision-making. 


How to Develop a Parasite Control Program for Your Farm - Dr. Ruthanne McCaslin, DVM

This smaller break out session will teach participants how to customize a parasite control program to suit their particular challenges and conditions.


Advanced Topics in Internal Disease - Dr. Christopher Cebra, DVM

Details coming soon...


Useful Products from Seconds and Thirds - Gabrielle Menn

What qualifies fiber to be considered “seconds” or “thirds”?  What purpose do they serve?  There will be a variety of projects displayed along with instructions for each.  Help your farm's bottom line by learning to make use of your entire fiber harvest.


Presentation Descriptions - Saturday

Details coming soon...The Science of Fiber and Biopsies - Amanda VandenBosch

This presentation will discuss understanding how and when fiber develops, and the importance of the environment, dam management and nutrition is during this timeline.

Amanda will look at what biopsies can show us, how to understand what traits to select for and how some traits are linked. Everything discussed will be referenced to the end use of fiber, and creating healthy fiber producers and breeding stock.


Maximizing Genetic Improvement through Reproduction - Dr. Ahmed Tibary, DVM

Reproduction is the central piece for achievement of genetic improvement in any species. Reproductive success is measured by the production of a maximum number of offspring with highly desirable traits from selected individuals while avoiding undesirable heritable traits. The plenary/general session of the programs aims at giving an overview of the genetic defects to avoid and methods of improving reproductive efficiency in the herd. Criteria for selection of breeding males and females will be presented. The reproductive process from mating until delivery of a healthy cria will be reviewed with special emphasis on management of breeding, nutrition and herd health. 


The Science of Nutrition - Dr. Robert Van Saun, DVM

Details coming soon...


What Does the Typical SHIP-evaluated Suri Look Like in 2018? - Cheryl Gehly

The Suri Herd Improvement Program database captures the scores of every suri that is classified from year to year.  The results are communicated to participating breeders in terms of a percentage of the total population - a percentage which shifts and changes as the number of entries increases.  It is this evolving, collective definition of the typical suri that will be presented in this seminar.  Three age groups (yearling, adult, mature) of males and females will be described in terms of the following categories for conformation: Type, Movement and Tracking, Legs, Head, Strength of Frame, and Genitalia.  Fleece characteristics will also be incorporated in the typical suri description: Phenotype, Luster, Fineness, Uniformity of Micron, Density, Lock Structure, Handle and Color Uniformity.  Seeing where we are should prove instrumental in guiding the steps we take towards the future.


Alpaca Nutrition - Dr. Robert Van Saun, DVM

Details coming soon...


Fiber Evaluation - Cheryl Gehly and Amanda Vandenbosch

Amanda Vandenbosch and Cheryl Gehly will conduct fiber evaluation clinics in the fleece show room.  They will highlight fleeces in every color group that did not win their class or receive special awards.  They will focus on the merits and feedback that fleece judging provides to every entry, not just to the winners.  Discussion will center on using the fleece judging scorecard as another tool in the breeder toolbox relative to future decision-making. 


Diagnosing and Treating Reproductive Issues - Dr. Ahmed Tibary, DVM

The breakout sessions are designed to go into more details in some aspects of reproduction including diagnosis and treatment of major reproductive disorders and the use of reproductive biotechnologies. Specifically, uterine infections and pregnancy loss as well as the use of embryo transfer for multiplication of genetically superior females will also presented. Recent advances in other reproductive biotechnologies such as semen preservation and artificial insemination in alpacas will be discussed. Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions so that the discussion can be based on real case scenarios.


  


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P.O. Box 1984
Estes Park, Colorado   80517
Phone: (970) 586-5876
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