Join us on Saturday, April 29th for the following informative sessions from highly-respected, internationally acclaimed authorities in their fields. The Keynote Session and Breeders’ Roundtable will be presented live at the event and streamed through the web site. Ian Watt’s Session will go on throughout the day and will be available onsite at the event only.
Title: Advanced Grey Breeding
Speaker: Dr. Neil Padgett, A Paca Fun Farm
Time: Saturday, April 29 – 11:00 am
Synopsis: In a two-part advanced breeders seminar, Dr. Padgett will first discuss breeding techniques/decisions focused on quality fleece, including eye and hand evaluation and a review of the various technologies available to us. This will provide an overview of breeding for superior fleece in color. The second half will focus on color and the genetics behind breeding decisions to get grey.
Breeders’ Roundtable Discussion:
Title: Breeding a Better Alpaca
Panelists: Scott Miller, Crescent Moon Ranch; Dr. Neil Padgett, A Paca Fun Farm; Daryl Krause, Amber Autumn Alpacas
Moderator: Steve Aitchison, Epic Alpacas
Time: Saturday, April 29 – 1:30 pm
Synopsis: Some of the nation’s top breeders will sit to discuss breeding techniques, tips & tricks, and share their years of experiences, both good and bad! Breeding for superior fleece in color will be discussed with an emphasis on what makes breeding for grey particularly unique. Panelists will field questions from both onsite and online audiences.
General Session (Onsite Only):
Title: Hands on Histograms
Speaker: Ian Watt, Alpaca Consulting USA
Time: Saturday, April 29 – 9:00 am
Synopsis: Ian Watt of Alpaca Consulting USA will be onsite with his OFDA histogram machine, offering free histograms to those who bring samples (limit 5 per person). He’ll offer some feedback about the fiber sample and answer questions about what the histogram is telling you. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see what science can be doing to help you better understand your fleeces and help you make decisions!