2019 GLAA WINTER CONFERENCE
Saturday, January 26, 2019 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cheryl Gehly is a Senior AOA Fleece Judge, Judge Trainer and Instructor in the United States. She completed the International Alpaca Fleece Judging School in Peru in 2001. Cheryl is co-author of the AOBA judging and training book The Art & Science of Alpaca Judging. She is also co-author of the Suri Network Suri Herd Improvement Program (S.H.I.P.) Classification Form and is a certified classifier, evaluating conformation and fleece characteristics on suri alpacas throughout the United States. With 25 years as a teacher in her background, Cheryl has been an innovator for alpaca judge training since 2003 as chairperson of and liaison to the AOBA/AOA Judge Training and Certification Committee, responsible for establishing clinics for halter, fleece and oral reasons instruction. She is also a member and former chairperson of the AOA Judge Advisory Committee as well as being a judge liaison to the AOA Show Rules Committee. In addition to judging fleece shows throughout the US and in Canada, Cheryl teaches at breeder seminars throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Location: UW Veterinary Care Building, 2015 Linden Drive, Madison, WI
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8 a.m.
Seminar Begins: Promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m. Approximately, provided by Panera
Seminar Concludes: 4 p.m.
Host Hotel: Best Western Plus Inntowner, 2424 University Avenue, Madison, Reservation Phone: 608-233-8778, Room Block Rate: $120
Room Block Code: ALPACA RATE Room Block Cutoff: January 10, 2019
Hotel Shuttle Available: 7:45 a.m. Sharp
Parking: The closest parking garage to the UW Veterinary Care Building is Lot #62. Print map for GLAA JAN 2019 PARKING at UWM. Parking is free of charge in all ramps on the weekend, and there are no other events scheduled that should affect parking. The hotel is a six-minute walk from the Animal Sciences Bldg. for those that wish to walk. All doors will be locked except the front entrance which is designated by the gold star on the map. Someone will be available to direct you to the seminar location once you arrive.
Fiber Characteristics 101 The morning will focus on the fundamentals of fiber morphology. Where does it come from? Why does it matter? Alpaca fiber components will be explored from the inside out in order to create a clearer understanding of how they contribute to general fleece characteristics. Particular attention will be paid to fineness, density, crimp/lock, uniformity and brightness/luster.
Breeding Decisions – Selecting for Improvement Knowing what you have, in order to select for improvement, is the key to making generational advancements in your herd. Afternoon participants will learn how to critically evaluate the fleece characteristics of a variety of female alpacas and make decisions on what needs improvement. Many herdsire fleeces must be available for assessment and matched to each female based on the potential for producing a positive gain in the offspring.
Veterinary students will receive a full refund of their deposit upon entry to the seminar. Students that sign up and do not provide advance notice of cancellation within 4 days of the seminar will not receive a refund of their deposit.