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Benefits Of Fiber Sorting

Individual sort record on each animal, which includes, fleece weight by body area, grade of each area, comments on luster, brightness, density, uniformity of crimp, tenderness and overall comments on fiber.

Yearly harvest of fiber into grades, by color and length. A summary of entire clipping.

Increase in usable fiber, less waste.

Suggested uses for each grade and profit projections for each grade.

Assistance at shearing time, with organization, proper techniques, and instructionís to the shearing crew.

Assistance with herd management and breeding decisions by identifies each animalís fiber strengths and weaknesses, specific breeding decisions, reinforcing strengths and improving weaknesses, a record of yearly animal changes in grades.

Superior end products.

Uniformity of fibers is extremely important in the textile processing industry; all grades of fiber have value.

Q & A

What is sorting?

It is a process in which animal fiber is graded.

Is sorting new?

No, sorting has been done since textile industry infancy; all textiles companies employ sorters.

What is Certified Sorted?

They are numerous methods and schools on the art of sorting fiber; a Certified Sortedô is a method that employs very strict standards, requires a mentoring period which is term apprentice, accuracy is paramount, a process that could take years and continuing education.

Who is a Certified Sorterô?

There is a number of Certified Sorterô in Unites States, three in Wisconsin.

Why should I have my fiber sorted?

They are numerous benefits in having the animals fiber sorted: Sort record on each animal, yearly harvest, by weight, color, length, increase usable fiber, increase value, suggested uses, herd management including breeding decisions.

What prices can I expect to receive from my fiber?

While it is difficult to assess prices of fiber at any given time, because of market variability, like any other commodity, a Certified Sortedô fiber gets a much higher price than non-sorted, you can get current prices pay in your area from a Certified Sorterô.

Do I have to join a Co-op?

No, while a co-op is recommended it is not require. Having your fiber sorted is totally independent from a co-op. Sorters are free-lance and self-employed individuals working for you, and see that you get a fair price for your fiber.

How many Co-ops are out there?

They are a numerous Co-ops in the US. Some require that you sign up and become members, cost varies, they only take certain fibers grades at any giving time, and some donít require anything. While some pay better than others, a Certified Sorterô can assist you in determining a co-op that fits your individual needs.

Is there a market for my fiber?

Yes, all your fiber that you produce has a market and value, finding the market requires that you understand the grades and quantity you have, knowing whose looking and what they are looking for and what they are willing to pay.

Are there people willing to buy my fiber?

Yes, all your fiber has value, even if you have it bag for years, the condition is very important, and the value will reflect that.
Which grade is better?
All grades have value, it depends on what is going to be the end products, grade three is the most versatile grade and most abundant, this is what is been produce now, grade one and two is most valuable but there is less of.

Whatís the future for Alpaca fiber?

The U.S. does not have sufficient volume of fiber at this time to have a full textile production of consumer goods, itís very important that each farm contributes to the improvements of the animals you have, and the understanding of breeding decisions by improving your herd. There are new prospects opening up all the time.

How do I know which animals are the best in my herd?

They are many things to consider; Health, Conformity, Staple length, Density and Uniformity. Once, your animal have been sorted you will have a better understanding in selecting you best animals in your herd.

Pricing and terms for Georgia Meyer Certified Sortedô

From the bag $ 20.00

Properly collected $ 15.00

Subsequent years $ 10.00

These are the prices that Iím paying for Huacaya fiber in 2014

Grade 1 $ 8.00 per Lbs.

Grade 2 $ 7.00

Grade 3 $ 6.00

Grade 4 $ 5.00

Grade 5 $ 4.00

Grade 6 $ 1.00

Grade Hairy 1 - 4 $ 4.00
From the bag $ 3.00 (By inspection only)

Thing for you to consider:

All fiber is valuable.

How you collect the fiber is most important.

Contaminated fiber is waste.

Sending your fiber in a bag to the co-op will get you the least amount for your fiber. Remember they have to sort, and grade, much gets contaminated and is wasted.

Sorting and grading gives you more than fiber, it allow you to make decision in your herd.

Micron-count in one area, does not give you a clear picture of the whole animal.

Biopsy does not give you a clear picture of the whole animal.

Only by sorting you can identify patterns of fibers of the whole animal.

A selective few farms out there, knew this all along.

Knowing this information is critical to the Alpaca industry.

You cannot afford not to have your fiber sorted.

If you are interested in my services and what I can offer you, Please contact me by calling 920 210-0226 or





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