2018 Carolina Alpaca Celebration

Cottage Fleece Competition

Entry Fee: $20 

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The Cottage Fleece Competition is a way to promote your farm and breeding program as a producer of an excellent product. By combining the score of a spun sample of your alpaca’s fiber with an evaluation of the rest of the alpaca’s fleece by an AOA Certified Judge, the emphasis will be on the quality of what your alpaca can produce, not the quantity.   The total score does not rely heavily on the weight of the fleece, as only (5) possible points can be gained in that section, but on the overall quality and usability of your fleece in the cottage industry.

  • Take a 2 oz sample from your fleece for the spin off portion of the competition. Mail it in for spin off.  All Spin Off will be mailed to: Mary Martinez-Rigo P.O. Box 855 Scottsville, VA 24590.
  • Prepare (skirt) the rest of the same fleece.  Get it ready to either mail in or to drop off during Fleece check-in. If opting to mail in your cottage fleece to: Mary Martinez-Rigo P.O. Box 855 Scottsville, VA 24590.
  • When your spin off sample is complete, we will use your total score on the Cottage Fleece Scorecard. The rest of your fleece will then be evaluated and Judged by a Certified AOA Judge for Fineness, handle, absence of guard hair, uniformity of micron, length and style.
  • Scoring will be as follows:

Huacaya Points

  1. Spinning score (25)
  2. Fineness and Handle (20)
  3. Absence of guard hair (10)
  4. Brightness (10)
  5. Uniformity of micron (8), Uniformity of length (7)
  6. Secondary/Primary (S/P) micron range (5)
  7. Absence of impurities/stain/fleece damage (5)
  8. Uniformity of crimp expression with its style (5)
  9. Annualized fleece weight (5)

Suri points

  1. Spinning score (25)
  2. Fineness and Handle (20)
  3. Absence of guard hair (5)
  4. Luster (20)
  5. Uniformity of micron (8), Uniformity of length (7)
  6. Absence of impurities/stain/fleece damage (5)
  7. Uniformity of lock expression with its style (5)
  8. Annualized fleece weight (5)

ANY spin off entry can be eligible for the Cottage Fleece show by providing the remainder of your alpaca’s skirted fleece for the competition.

Please refer to Page 58-62 of the 2017 AOA Show System Handbook for a complete set of rules or Click Here to download a pdf version of pages 58-62.

Click Here to enter the Cottage Fleece Competition