Educational Sessions & Clinics through AlpacaU
Midwest Alpaca Ventures is committed to helping new alpaca farms start and grow by offering a variety of fun educational sessions and clinics through AlpacaU.
Each year, we offer a variety of seminars and workshops designed to take you from wherever you might be in your alpaca adventure, to where you want to go. Generally held on the weekends, our sessions are fun, yet informative, casual, yet structured. Gather the information you need, whether just thinking about alpacas, already decided to go forward, or perhaps desiring to increase your current knowledge and skills.
Attend all sessions on a series or just the specific session that best suits your needs.
Learn the Essential Elements for Alpaca Ownership
AlpacaU courses are designed specifically for:
New alpaca owners who need a review of the basic, but key elements of herd health and herd management
Farms who already own or will own pregnant females and crias and are saying to themselves, “now what?”
Those thinking about or intend to breed alpacas and desire more information on herdsire decisions
Our goal in offering workshops and seminars through AlpacaU is to provide a safe, fun environment to learn about owning alpacas for fun or for busines.
Some of the topics covered through AlpacaU include:
Hobby or business
Basic care and health management
Breeding, pregnancy and birthing
Cria care and post-delivery female care
Cria health management
Business planning and marketing
Everything about fleece
AlpacaU Courses offered:
AlpacaU Series 3
Classes will be scheduled throughout the year. Attend one series or attend all.
Understanding Alpaca Fleece & Breeding Decisions
Starting and growing alpaca farms need to define their breeding programs and then try to make the best decisions possible
right from the beginning. Attendees at this clinic will gain confidence in identifying key traits and characteristics in fleece, better
understand differences in fleece quality levels, and what to expect. By applying these skills, attendees will be able to enhance the
next generation of crias with sound breeding decisions.
What can you expect at this interactive, hands-on clinic?
Our instructor is Wade Gease, Senior AOA certified alpaca judge, judge training instructor, screener, presenter, product developer, and consultant for the worldwide alpaca industry.
During this workshop you will learn Wade’s eye and approach to Fleece Reading. Through discussion and hands - on analysis of fiber you will better understand staple group ranges, primary fiber influences, and cumulative trait linking. Individually and as a group, we will calibrate micron estimates and evaluate fleeces brought to the class. Attendees are invited to bring their own fleece samples to the class.
Chat with Rainbow
Follow the activities of the farm and the herd through Rainbow's occasional blog.
Comings and goings
New herd additions
Introduction to the new crias