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2017 Summer Symposium and

All-Suri Fleece Show

August 3-5, 2017

Loveland, Colorado

The Suri Network 2017 Summer Symposium promises to be the event of the year!

Filled with first rate education on fiber, breeding, health, and marketing, there is something for everyone. Three full days of general sessions combined with smaller break-out workshops will give you the chance to focus on the things that most interest you.

Each day has a mix of general sessions with a broad appeal, as well as breakout sessions and workshops designed to allow attendees to pursue topics of greatest interest to them.  Many of the breakout sessions will be repeated to allow participants to take in as much as possible of the full Symposium schedule.  We believe there is something for everyone! 

See the full schedule here.  More info about the Suri Network auction (coming soon).  See the live auction items (coming soon).

Find more info about the All-Suri Fleece Show here.

About the Symposium

The 2017 Suri Symposium will have something for alpaca farmers new and old. This year, the Symposium will be offering multiple general sessions designed to appeal to a wide range of owners, as well as break out sessions that will allow participants to choose the topics they are most interested in.  Many of the breakout sessions will be offered more than once.

See the full schedule here.

The educational and networking opportunities are fantastic! Here is what people have had to say:

“Loved the schedule and educational opportunities. Loved 3 full days. Loved the new location in Loveland. Great facility. Best symposium in 5 years!”

“Topics presented were exactly what I needed to learn about to help my alpacas and my farm.”

“Excellent event. As a relatively new Suri owner/breeder I appreciate the vast amount of info and networking here.”

“So glad we finally came. Have heard from others for a good time that was worth the $ and now I know it to be true.”

Our line-up for 2017 includes:

Dave Scott, Livestock Specialist at the National Center for Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas, who will pressent a general session on pasture management.  Dave's workshop was enormously popular last year, so we're making sure everyone has a chance to hear him.

Dr. Norm Evans will present a general session on using nutrition to improve your herd's fiber, as well as a workshop session on using biopsy data to improve your herd breeding decisions.

Judges Jude Anderson and Amanda Vandenbosch will host a discussion on showing in both fleece and halter, and answer all your questions about each.

Dr. Signe Balch will cover common camelid reproductive issues, as well as discuss cria delivery and neonatal care.

Patty Hasselbring will lead several workshops on grant writing for farmers.  There are grants available to farmers for infrastructure improvements - learn how to have your best chance at being awarded one!

Brion Smoker, CPA will discuss business planning for alpaca farmers, as well as warn us about red flags for the IRS and how to (hopefully) avoid being audited - or else how to survive the process. Additional workshops on developing a business model for your farm will be facilitated by Alvina Maynard, Stacie Chavez and Liz Vahlkamp.

Wini Labrecque is offering a multi-part fiber sorting and grading workshop.  If you struggle with working through your fleece and determining the best use possible, Wini will take the mystery out of the process.  She'll also lead a workshop on preparing your fleece specifically for shows.

Alvina Maynard will lead participants through the Suri Network Code of Harvest best practices - getting the most out of your fleece starts long before your actual shearing day.  She will also share with us her insights into running an alpaca farm using a livestock model - developing and marketing a small or medium farm product.

Nancy Irlbeck will talk to us about the livestock model and how it applies to alpacas.  Gone are the days of alpacas as exotic pets - how do we profit from our herds?  A big part of profitability is sustainability, another topic Nancy will discuss in a workshop setting.

Stacie Chavez will share her large scale alpaca farming adventure with us.  She runs hundreds of alpacas on open land in a model very different than the small scale farming familiar to most of us.

Liz Vahlkamp of the North American Suri Company will share her impressions of the state of the industry today and her vision for the commercial future of alpaca fiber.

Jared Johnston of Alpaca Culture magazine is delivering a general session on marketing your alpaca farm business. 

Bud Synhorst, the new Executive Director of AOA, will speak to us about recent developments within the organization and his hope for future progress.

Dan Corley will share his farm Alta Vida's unique mission statement with us, and speak to how we all need to find our niche and our passion for our farms.


Registration for the Symposium is open!

Registration fees for the full three days are:


$295 before July 1, and $315 after July 1

Registration on site will be $360

Any single day registration will be $145


$325 before July 1, and $345 after July 1

Registration on site will be $380

Any single day registration will be $165


$600 (for profit) or $450 (nonprofit).  Includes recognition in showbook plus one complimentary registration. Vendor spaces are approximately 10'x10' and include one table.

All registrations include lunch and breaks.


When you register, you can also sign up as a sponsor!

You have a great opportunity to support the Symposium and Fleece Show PLUS get recognition for your farm! Consider these levels of sponsorship, and then sign up when you register!


Purely Gold Level - $1,250 (limit 1)

Two Symposium registrations, one 1/2 page ad in PurelySuri magazine, a logo ad on the Fleece Show Registration system, one promotional item on tables, recognition during the Symposium and on the Suri Network website


Purely Silver Level (limited number available)

One Symposium registration, one 1/3 page ad in PurelySuri magazine, a logo ad on the Fleece Show Registration system, one promotional item on tables, and recognition during the Symposium and on the Suri Network website

Meal Sponsors - $350 each

Name and logo on website, recognition on tables on day of sponsorship, one promotional item on Farm Table at Symposium

Breakout Beverage Table Sponsors $250 each 

Recognition on Breakout beverage table on day of sponsorship (two breakout tables per day for coffee, drinks, etc)

Farm Table Sponsors $200 each 

Placement of one Farm Flyer designated to market your farm, your herdsire, or your herd on a special Symposium Table.

Fleece Show Sponsorships


Purely Royal Level - $750 (limit 2)

Five fleece entries, 1/2 page ad in Purely Suri Magazine, Logo Ad on Fleece Show Registration, recognition during Symposium and on the Suri Network website

Purely Baby Level - $500 (limited number available)

Two fleece entries, one-third page ad in Purely Suri Magazine, Logo Ad on Fleece Show Registration, recognition during Symposium and on the Suri Network website

Fleece Show Transport Sponsor - $100 (limit 4)

This sponsorship helps defray the cost of shipping fleeces from the National Fleece Show directly to the Suri Network Fleece Show and includes recognition during the Symposium and in the Suri Network Newsletter.

Color Champion Ribbons - $50 for each color class

Grey, Black, Brown, Fawn, Light, White, Multi


Specialty Ribbons - $50

Best Lock, Best Luster, Best Hand


Judges Choice Ribbon - $100

All sponsors will be recognized on the website as well as in the Symposium Showbook. Please send a high resolution jpg of your logo to office@surinetwork.org

Suri Symposium Sponsors

Many thanks to our Symposium sponsors for supporting the 2017 Symposium!

Purely Gold Sponsor

Tim and Beth Sheets

Flora, IN

Purely Silver Sponsor

Sue and Kevin King

Sherwood, OR

Fleece Transport Supporter Sponsor

Gary and Kali Wilson

Montague, MI

Judge's Choice Sponsor

Brenda Quinones

Palmer Lake, CO

Specialty Ribbon Sponsor

Jill McElderry-Maxwell

Pittsfield, ME

Purely Silver Sponsor

Karl and Jan Heinrich

Gallatin, TN

Purely Silver Sponsor

Deb and Doug Christner

Hotchkiss, CO

Meal Sponsor

Patty and Britt Hasselbring

Concordia, MO

Fleece Show Supporter Sponsor

Candy and Ray McMahan

Ruffin, NC

Farm Table Sponsor

Kristie and Brion Smoker

Annville, PA


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