AOA National Show Education Schedule

Open to the Public

National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St
Denver, Colorado

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from industry leaders. All education is open to the public. Check out the schedule page for a complete list of activities happening during the weekend.

Friday • March 17, 2017 • Beef Palace

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

AOA EPD Fiber Testing at Yocom-McColl

Angus McColl

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Genetic Improvement in Alpaca:
Data Collection and Interpretation of EPD

Dr. Mark Enns

Saturday • March 18, 2017 • Beef Palace

9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

Alpacas 101—A Question and Answer Period

Scott Miller

10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Making the Most of Your Marketing Budget
(or Why I Still Believe in Print Advertising)

Deb Hill

12:30 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.

Taking the Driver's Seat Behind the Dashboard
(or How to Navigate AlpacaInfo.com)

AOA Staff

1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Creating a Home for Your Herd

Tim Sheets

2:30 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Why A Healthy Fiber Initiative is Important to our Industry

Stacie Chavez

3:30 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness and Management

TJ Steck


Alpacas 101 — A Question and Answer Period

by Scott Miller

Bring your questions and get them answered by Scott Miller, who has 18 years of experience in the alpaca industry.


AOA EPD Fiber Testing at Yocom-McColl

by Angus McColl

Angus McColl explains procedures for individual animal fiber diameter testing for the AOA EPD program with examples of histogram differences and a Powerpoint tour of Yocom-McColl Testing Laboratories.


Creating a Home for Your Herd

by Tim Sheets

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This talk will cover the basics of providing an efficient and safe environment for your alpacas. We will discuss barns, fences and pasture layouts; how to start from scratch and how to use an existing facility.


Emergency Preparedness and Management

by TJ Steck

This program will use real life experiences and case study to identify the necessary steps to ready your farm for emergency evacuation. As a first responder to Colorado’s most destructive fire, The Black Forest Fire, Chief Steck shares the lessons that were learned in emergent animal evacuation and sheltering.


Genetic Improvement in Alpaca: Data Collection and Interpretation of EPD

by Dr. Mark Enns

An overview of EPDs with a focus on analysis of AOA's EPD data with plenty of time for questions.


Making the Most of Your Marketing Budget
(or why I still believe in print advertising)

by Deb Hill

If you’ve paid for any kind of advertising recently, you know it can be costly. If you are like most alpaca breeders, your marketing budget is very limited. How can you make the biggest possible impact while spending the least amount of your budget?

This class will help you analyze your marketing options to find what works and is cost effective. Topics to be covered include:

  • What makes advertising fail
  • How to determine who your customers are and best ways to reach them
  • Internet marketing and how to do it effectively
  • Why print marketing is still a good choice in a digital world
  • Ways to stack marketing efforts to double or triple the impact
  • What you should do when sales are down

Better marketing leads to more sales. Who doesn’t love that?


Why A Healthy Fiber Initiative is Important to our Industry

by Stacie Chavez

History of the U.S. fiber collection and grading, how it works, and the summary of 2016's collection.

  • Brief History of where the collection started
  • Summary of 2016's collection
  • Collection site's and dates for 2017
  • Why we need a fiber collection and selling:
    • Educates breeders on what they are breeding
    • Outlet to sell fiber that is not being used on their ranch
    • Fiber initiative is just one — "Revenue Stream" — how it works and why or why not it works for your business
    • By selling we create a demand in the Market for more breeders, there by increasing the demand for animals
    • Brings more public awareness to alpacas and their amazing fiber
  • Brief overview of working value added business
  • Brief overview of working livestock model