2017 Summer Symposium and Fleece Show
2017 Summer Symposium and
All-Suri Fleece Show
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.
The educational and networking opportunities are fantastic! Here is what people have had to say:
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.
New Era Fiber and Spring Harvest will lead a panel discussion about mills - what do they offer, what can they do with your fiber, and what needs to be done before sending your fiber to a mill.
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.
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
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 (limit 2)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Purely Gold Sponsor
Purely Silver Sponsor
Sue and Kevin King
Symposium Bag Sponsor