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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
the bag $ 20.00
Properly collected $ 15.00
Subsequent years $ 10.00
are the prices that Iím paying for Huacaya fiber in 2014
1 $ 8.00 per Lbs.
2 $ 7.00
3 $ 6.00
4 $ 5.00
5 $ 4.00
6 $ 1.00
Hairy 1 - 4 $ 4.00
From the bag $ 3.00 (By inspection only)
Thing for you to consider:
fiber is valuable.
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
Biopsy does not give you a clear picture of the whole animal.
by sorting you can identify patterns of fibers of the whole animal.
selective few farms out there, knew this all along.
Knowing this information is critical to the Alpaca industry.
cannot afford not to have your fiber sorted.
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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