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Step 1
Complete an online S.H.I.P. Application Form and be sure to select a primary and two secondary dates for your classification. Also select your preferred classifier and a backup.  If you board Suris for other owners and these animals are to be included in the herd classification, the other owner must complete a separate signed application. Likewise, if another farm(s) in a separate nearby location is also having a herd classification in conjunction with you to share classifier cost savings, that farm(s) needs to complete a separate application at the same time.

Note: A Herd Classification is to include Suris you own that are approximately 1 year of age or older. If you co-own a Suri, be sure you have the other owner(s) signed permission.

 Soon after submitting your application you will receive a welcome email with further instructions. Within 2 days of submitting your online application, you will receive login information for the online database. The online database is where you will enter your herd list and view the classification scores once there are entered by the classifier. You will also receive an invoice from Suri Network for $75 to cover the administrative costs.

Step 2
Your requested classifier will contact you to discuss the schedule and how your classification will work including dates and logistics. Open communications between the farm and classifier are encouraged to assure the process flows smoothly.‚Äč

Step 3
Create your herd list for your classification directly within the S.H.I.P. Database. The list should include all the Suris you want in the classification. To start, log into the SHIP database with the credentials that have been emailed to you. Then, follow the instructions tp create the list. You can either enter the list manually or download a spreadsheet of your registered alpacas from the AOA website and upload the list to the SHIP database. Here is the Information required:

  • AOA Registry alpaca name
  • AOA Registry number
  • Sex
  • Color
  • Date of birth

Print the classification forms prior to your scheduled classification date.  One for is required for each alpaca to be classified. It preferred that you print the forms double-sided so that both the conformation form and the fiber form print on the same page.

If other farm(s) or boarded Suris are participating in a planned joint classification schedule, each farm or owner must complete the above steps as well.

  1. Log Into the SHIP database using the credentials emailed to you by the Suri Network office.
  2. Follow Instructions to create your herd list

Step 4
Prepare. A classifier can process between 40 to 50 alpacas per day. Your preparedness is important to keeping costs down.  Read and follow the Preparation Guidelines  to help you prepare for a smooth classification.

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