Alpaca Ontario's Second Fibre Sort-A-Thon

Location: Almonte, ON
Date: September 12, 13, 2015

 

Registration Form for SELLING FLEECE and FORM FOR PUTTING INTO BAGS OF FLEECE 

NOTE TO BIDDERS and Registarion Form for BUYING FLEECE

 


What is It?
A Fibre Sort-A-Thon is an easy way to get your alpaca fibre sorted and graded by a certified fibre sorter for the low cost of $10 per fleece. You do not have to be present to participate. Just register and send your fleece with your wishes.

How Does It Work?

  • Option 1: Have your fibre sorted and graded and returned to you.
  • Option 2: Have your fibre sorted and graded and sold to the highest bidder.
  • Option 3: Purchase sorted and graded fibre.

Plan now to ship your fleece to:

Corrine Côté
820 County Rd. 18
RR#2
Oxford Station On
K0G 1T0

Last date to submit your registration is September 4, 2015. You can just bring fleece to the event. Download the PDF file to register. Send it to Alpaca Ontario with a cheque or your credit card number:

Alpaca Ontario
734762 West Back Line
RR#7
Markdale ON
N0C 1H0
e-mail: info@alpacaontario.ca

What Do I Do Now?
Roll it up or noodle your fleece and send it to Corrine Côté. If you have questions, email Denise Martel at rd.martel@gmail.com

How to noodle Your Fleece (You Tube Video)

Fleece Preparation

  • Remove second cuts
  • Remove excess vegetable matter (VM)
  • Remove poop and urine or other contaminants

What to Send:

  • Main blanket in a bag (blankets only please)
  • Fleeces should be dry with minimal VM (no mouldy or musty smelling fleece)

Decide how many fleeces you'd like to have sorted and graded at $10 per fleece and you will bring this fleece home at the end of the sort-a-thon day or have them shipped to you.

Put a bid on an amount of fibre, choosing the desired grade and colour of fibre you would like to purchase. You will take your purchased fibre home with you at the end of the sort-a-thon event or have it shipped.

What to Expect on the Sort-A-Thon Day

  • Fleece will be sorted by like fineness, length, uniformity of grade, colour
  • Sorted fibre will be placed into separate bags clearly marked with the grade inside. Note that one fleece may be returned with multiple bags.
  • Returned graded bags are not to be combined into one fleece, the fleece is now ready to process.
  • You will either take home your sorted fleece or it will be sold to the highest bidder. This is predetermined by you as per your request on the information form.
  • Some fleeces may be available for purchase at the event.
  • Take home your sorted and graded fleece.
  • Watch judges and sorters as they work through a high volume of fleece.The sort evaluation provided should give you a baseline of what your alpaca is currently producing as it relates to uniformity, fineness, length, strength, and variation of grade across the blanket.

Participant's Evaluation Sheet
Huacaya


Uniformity/Consistency of Micron
___ - Widely varying across the fleece
___ – Moderately varying across the fleece
___ – Consistent across the fleece

 

Uniformity/Consistency of Staple Length
___ - Widely varying across the fleece
___ - Moderately varying across the fleece
___ - Consistent across the fleece

 

Fineness
___ - Robust
___ – Intermediate Fine
___ – Super Fine
___ – Ultra Fine

 

Fleece Strength

___ - Tender fibres throughout fleece
___ - Areas of tender fibres
___ - Uniform strength throughout fleece

 

Lack of "Guard Hair" (Primary to Secondary Ratio)

___ – Wide P to S ratio (Hairy)
___ – Moderate P to S ratio
___– Consistent P to S ratio

Brightness
___ – Dull Brightness
___ – Moderate Brightness
___ – Exceptional Brightness

Grade: ________ Placing_________


Best Use: _______________________________________

*Placing:
E - Excellent
G - Good
F - Fair
D - Dehairing needed for primary hairs
VM - Too much vegetable matter: dehair for VM

We need your help: Sign up to volunteer as a Handler or a Room Monitor

Responsibilities of Handlers
Would you like to gain hands-on experience in sorting and grading fleece? Would you enjoy and benefit from being in the front row, listening and scribing for experienced fibre sorter/graders? Would you like to expand your knowledge of fleece with one to one contact with experienced sorter/graders? If the answer is yes, the handler's position is your perfect opportunity.

Each handler will follow the individual fleece through the entire process.

  • Handler will pick up fleece from storing station.
  • Handler will take fleece to weigh station for original or "shipping weight". (This step may have already been completed.)
  • Handler will be responsible for placing sorting bags in sorting bins.
  • Handler will be responsible for all scribing and re-bagging of sorted fleece.
  • Handler will record grade on label and place correct grade tag in each sorted bag.
  • Handler will take sorted fleece to weigh station and be responsible for recording all weights and grades from said fleece on both grade slip and secondary spread sheet at weigh station.
  • Handler will place all secondary bags into primary bag for those fleeces being returned to entrant.
  • Handler will return fleece to proper storage station: one section for returning fleeces and proper grade station for sale fleeces.

Responsibilities of Room Monitors

  • Room Monitors will be responsible for keeping the sorting/grading area quiet and organized for the best work environment for the evaluators, sorter/graders, and handlers.
  • The RM's will assist other workers in any way that will help the event run smoothly.

Bidding
The bidding works much the same as a sealed bid. You select the colour, grade and length you wish to purchase, decide on the highest price you are willing to pay, as well as the amount of fibre you wish to purchase (in pounds) and submit your offer. The highest price wins the bid. If there is more fleece than you have requested in that category, it will go to the next highest bid. We will ask a down payment of 50% from the winning buyers. If there is not sufficient fleece for your request, the appropriate amount will be returned to you. Good luck and thank you for your participation.

Final bids need to be in by September 8th at 5:00 pm. The winning bidder must pay 50% of purchase by September 10th. Credit cards are the preferred method of payment. All fibre must be picked up the day of the sort-a-thon. At pick up time, bidder will pay the remaining cost of purchase.

Minimum bids:
Grade One - $6/pound

Grade Two - $5/pound
Grade Three - $4/pound
Grade Four - $3/pound
Grade Five - $2/pound
Grade Six - $1/pound



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FORMS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD(PDF)


2015_sortathon-submission-of-fleece-registration-form.pdf
2015-sortathon-buy-fleece-registration-form.pdf
2015_sortathon-bidders-note.pdf
2015-sortathon-entrant-form-evaluation-sheet-rev.pdf


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