|Suri Network News
Summer is here! Shearing is done. First cutting hay is baled and stored. New crias are testing their legs in the coolness of the evenings. I don't know about you, but to me, this summer is especially welcome after the dreadful winter we experienced.
Summer also means the Suri Network Summer Symposium and Fleece Show is just around the corner! We hope you are planning on joining us in beautiful Estes Park Colorado from August 14-16. Board members Kristie Smoker and Joyce White have been working hard since the beginning of the year to bring you a fantastic program with great speakers. The theme this year is LIVING THE VISION: U.S. as the Worldwide Suri Source.
New this year is the Suri Strut fashion show. We have seven vendors lined up to showcase exquisite fashions made from Suri fiber.
If you have never attended the symposium, I personally invite you to consider it this year. If you are not sure it is worth the time and cost, talk to someone who has attended in the past. I think most will agree that this is truly a unique event in the alpaca industry that focuses on education and networking coupled with an all Suri fleece show.
To those that have attended in the past and are going again, why not invite someone you know who has never gone. It would be great to have a bunch of new attendees this year. See you in August!
Tim Sheets - President Suri Network
Suri Network Planning
By Patty Hasselbring, Suri Network Board Member
Estes Park, Here We Come!
The educational event of the 2014 – right around the corner….
Don't miss out on the opportunity to attend one of the BEST educational opportunities of 2014. The Suri Network Summer Symposium is right around the corner and Early Bird Registration ends July 24, 2014. We have a fabulous lineup for the symposium for Friday and Saturday:
Management-Oriented Nutrition, by Dr. Nancy Irlbeck
How Diet Affects Fiber, by Dr. Norm Evans
Eco-Friendly Resources and Innovative Technology in Suri Clothing, by Karl Heinrich
Selling in a Worldwide Market, by Jude Anderson
Fleece for the the Commercial and Worldwide Market, by Ian Watt
Hematology, Infectious and Metabolic Diseases, by Dr. Susan Tornquist
Alternate Therapies, by Dr. Tim Holt
SHIP Update, by Linda Kondris;
Plus, a roundtable discussion on preparing for the fiber market
But wait! Show up on Thursday and look what you get!
On Thursday, before the Symposium begins, we are offering four special clinics. Whether your interest is in fiber, science or technology, there really is something for everyone! Take a look and pick your clinics!
Suris 101 with Jude Anderson (am)
Fiber Sorting with Wini LaBreque (am)
SHIP program with Cheryl Gehly (pm)
The new and improved Suri Network website, with Tim Sheets (pm)
Struttin' the Suri!
NEW this year at the Symposium is the Suri Strut Fashion Show, where seven designers will be showcasing fabulous clothing make from USA Suri alpaca fiber. You can attend the Suri Strut Fashion show even if you can't attend the Symposium. Contact the Suri Network office to purchase tickets for the Friday Fashion Show and Luncheon. Everyone – whether a Suri breeder or not – is welcome to attend and see the gorgeous garments created using Suri alpaca fiber.
Fleece, fleece and more fleece. We want yours!
We don't bring alpacas to the Summer Symposium, but we sure do bring the fleece!!
The Suri Network Summer Symposium holds the only fleece show just for Suris. Scoring ribbons in this show is like placing in the Kentucky Derby! Get your fleece ready now, but most importantly – get your fleeces registered! Fleece show entries are $36.00 each and the Cottage Fleece Show entries are $20.00 each. Deadline to register your fleeces for the show is August 7 so don't delay! All fleeces need to be in Estes Park, CO by Thursday, August 14, 2014. (Pack them up and put them in your airplane's overhead bin!)
To register for the Symposium and Fleece Show: www.surinetwork.org.
See you in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado!
This issue we give kudos to the Suri Network Product Development Committee, chaired by Deb Christner of Akuna Matada Suri Alpacas. The committee committed to a major undertaking in 2013 – the development of a comprehensive six-hour video guide of all things fiber.