Laurel Shouvlin

Laurel jumped heart first into the alpaca world in 1998. At the time, she and her husband Tim were growing organic vegetables for their CSA program and wanted to diversify into livestock. Alpacas fit the bill.

Laurel had learned to weave in high school, enjoyed knitting, and fell in love with these incredible animals. Graduating from Wittenberg University, she went on to teach x-ray technology and then became a physician assistant. Having four children, she retired from medicine. Alpacas satisfied her need to remain involved in some aspect of biology and to also be creative with their fiber. Alpacas were a perfect fit for a family with four young children. As her passion grew Laurel became an AOA certified judge and a board member for ARI and then AOA. She also served as editor for the Alpaca Registry Journal and editor and publisher of the Ohio Alpaca Magazine.

Laurel has judged alpacas in the United States, Australia, and Canada, and recently returned from doing a tour of Austria evaluating alpacas for their herd registry. She currently serves on the Suri Network Board of Trustees.

Understanding Alpaca Fiber

Friday • July 9 • Seminar
Chattanooga Room
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Alpaca Conformation and Fleece Evaluation

Sunday • July 11 • Seminar
Chattanooga Room
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

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