AlpacaGram 11.44 | Spots Are Filling Up At NEFC!

AOA National Education and Fiber Conference
AlpacaGram 11.44June 26, 2024

Hurry! Spots Are Filling Up At NEFC!

July 12–14, 2024 • Burlington, Kentucky

The National Education & Fiber Conference (NEFC) is just two weeks away, and you won't want to miss out on this incredible event! If you haven't penciled in NEFC on your calendar yet, now's the time!

Join us in Burlington, Kentucky, from July 12–14 for a weekend packed with educational seminars, interactive workshops, and hands-on labs. This is your chance to engage directly with industry leaders and expand your knowledge in the fiber arts.

"All the conference topics and all the personal connections and friends we made were especially invaluable to us as prospective alpaca owners. We can say that they all gave us a stronger understanding of alpaca ownership and the courage to start." — Lydia Au, Bluegrass Hills Ranch, LLC

Total Immersion Fleece Clinic.

Total Immersion
Fleece Clinic

Dive into the world of fleece with AOA's Senior Judge Instructors, Wade Gease and Diana Timmerman. Get up close and personal with both Suri and Huacaya fleece as you explore fiber structure, function, and assessment. This is your opportunity to elevate your fleece knowledge to the next level!

Wini Labrecue at a Sorting & Grading session.

Basic Sorting & Grading

Led by Wini Labrecue from The State University of New York, this course will guide you toward becoming a certified sorter and grader. Assess fiber samples, determine grades, and understand their uses.

Register separately for basic sorting and grading through The State University of New York.

Two People Spinning Fiber

Exciting Workshops Await:

  • Painting a Landscape with Fiber
  • Indigo Shibori Dyeing
  • Beginning Drop Spindle Spinning
  • Forest Mushroom Sculpture
  • Felting a Beautifully Textured Bowl
  • Hats on a 12-inch Square
  • Farm to Fashion Lightweight Nuno Felted Scarf
  • Randing in the Round
  • Using Natural Dyes

Don't Forget About Seminars!

With a weekend pass, you have access to all seminars covering topics like fiber processing, marketing, business management, and more!

Keynote Speakers

Greg Brann, Owner, Operator of Greg Brann ConsultingGreg Brann sponsored by Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) brings extensive knowledge of soil health, grass and livestock management systems, and plant identification. His deep understanding of plant communities as indicators of land productivity has made him a steadfast resource for land owners and managers who are passionate about understanding nature’s ability to regenerate land.

Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhDRobert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD received his DVM and M.S. degrees from Michigan State University, where he also completed a theriogenology residency, and his Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Van Saun will join us live from Peru to share valuable information about how to maximize nutrition for the health and welfare of the alpaca herd.

At NEFC, you'll immerse yourself in a variety of educational sessions and workshops. From alpaca health to fiber processing and pasture management, there’s something for everyone. Join us in Burlington, Kentucky, for an unforgettable weekend of learning, networking, and celebration. We can’t wait to see you at NEFC!

Register for NEFC Today

NEFC Sponsors

Mesa Trail AlpacasAOA Silver BenefactorsWest Penn Alpacas

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