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Below find the ACE (Alpaca Continuing Education) class descriptions and more information on our ACE instructors.

Alpaca Classes

ACE 101 - Herd Assessment and Breeding Strategies

In this dynamic one-day class the Alpaca breeder will learn skills to evaluate alpacas and develop a herd scoring system to keep competitive in a livestock business. A basic livestock model is used to define Seedstock producer goals and expectations so the student can successfully develop individual breeding targets and strategies. Students will develop a herd performance data system and apply it in effective breeding strategies to achieve overall herd genetic improvement. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are explained and their use integrated into this training program. Students will leave with a through knowledge of EPDs and will be ready to use them successfully in their own breeding programs.

This is an invaluable clinic for both new and experienced breeders.

ACE 151 - Basic Fiber Farm Sorter Workshop

Join us for a hands-on intensive workshop learning about and working with your alpaca fleeces. Ruth Elvestad, fiber expert, fiber technician and camelid judge from the Natural Fibre Center, Olds College, Canada, will guide you through two days of camelid fiber preparation, which will include:

On-Farm Shearing Technique, Introduction to Fiber Grades and the Relavance of Grades to Processing and Product Development, Reading and Understanding Histograms, On-Farm Fiber Sorting: Learning to recognize an understand individual fiber characteristics, On-Farm Skirting: Preparing a Show Fleece, Hands-on Skirting and Sorting

For those persons interested in acquiring advanced fiber knowledge and pursuing Camelid Fibre Sorter Certification and Camelid Fiber Classer Certification, this workshop will serve as the prerequisite for the Camelid Fibre Sorter Certification Course.

ACE 301 - Advanced Breeding Strategies

Designed for the breeder who wants to use all tools available to make the best breeding decisions possible. The course will cover how the breeder will perfect assessment, use performance data and EPDs for a more predictable outcome.

Regardless of your experiance level this is a must attend class. EPDs offer breeders the advantage that purchasers will be looking for.

ACE 801- Nu-No Felted Silk Scarf

Create on a beautiful silk/chiffon scarf in this fun and exciting one day class. Wearable art for yourself or a personal gift for your best friend. Limited class size for a hands on experience. Whether you are new to crafting or an experienced pro this class is for you. Come join us, meet some new people while learning new skills!
Prerequisites: None

Materials: Iridescent 100% Silk/Chiffon Scarves,Roving in different fibers, silk hankies, embellishments all included in supplies fee.

ACE 802 - Felted Purse/Vessel

The second class in our Focus on Fiber Series you will learn to hand felt purses and vessels using fiber and soap. The class will start and finish with all those attending leaving with a felted project of either a purse or vessel. Design a one of a kind beautiful vase or felted purse with roving’s of wool, silk or Alpaca. This all day class will be educational as well as fun! Registration will cover your day of instruction and a selection of materials (roving etc) will be provided for purchase on the day of the class. Class size will be limited for optimum learning and one-on-one instruction, so we will offer this on two separate days if required.

ACE 803 - Felted Hat

Choose from one of two classes being offered on this date. This class in our Focus on Fiber Series you will learn to hand felt a hat using fiber and soap. The class will start and finish with all those attending leaving with a felted piece of wearable art! Design a one of a kind beautiful project with roving’s of wool, silk or Alpaca, or all of the above. This all day class will be educational as well as fun! Registration will cover your day of instruction and a selection of materials (roving etc) will be provided for purchase on the day of the class. Class size will be limited for optimum learning and one-on-one instruction, so let us know if you are interested and we can hold a place for you.

ACE 804- Dye Day

A complete full day of learning to dye your fleeces, roving, batts, yarn the possibilities are endless. Both Alpaca and sheep roving and yarn will be available for purchase to dye, or you can bring some of your own to dye. More details to follow

ACE High Performance Annual Production Sale

ACE High Performance Annual Production Sales showcase the individual breeding program and make those genetics available to the buyer. CLICK on Production Sales to see our upcoming events. ACE events all combine education and sales into a fun and exciting day.

ACE Performance Sale/ Auction Format

How to ACE Alpacas

National Alpaca Farm Days

Annual celebration of alpacas as the "World's Finest Livestock". Ranch tours and displays of fiber production as well as alpaca fiber and finished products. Crafts vendors and much more. Mark your calander to attend one of these fun and informative days!

Ranch Event

See host ranch for details!

For class dates and times, visit our calendar of events.

Instructors 

Below you will find more information on our ACE instructors that teach the courses.

David Barboza

Volunteering as a ring steward for several years David recognized the process and challenges that livestock judging presented and decided to attend the International Alpaca Judging School in 2001. After returning from Peru he also began the AOBA judges training program and completed his certification in both IAJS and AOBA as a halter, fleece and performance judge. He judged his first show in 2006 and has judged over 20 shows both in the US and Canada. David works full-time in the Alpaca Industry dividing his time between his ranch, and teaching seminars. In 2006 together with his wife Brenda they started ACE, Alpaca Continuing Education, which provides cutting edge training and education for the Alpaca breeder. Today David and Brenda run their ranch, RanchoNC Alpacas, in the foothills of Northern California and devote their full-time attention to the Alpaca Industry.

Brett Kaysen

Brett Kaysen has been an influence in the Alpaca Community on many levels since 2001. In 2006 Brett joined ACE and brought his professional animal science background to the alpaca livestock industry. He travels coast-to-coast teaching seminars on alpacas consisting of classroom presentations as well as “hands-on” workshops. Brett also holds an instrumental position with the AOBA Judges Training Program where he teaches Oral Reasons and Conformation. Brett has a passion for educating, especially in the area of youth education. He has taught the nation’s youth about various livestock industries and has spent countless hours volunteering to educate youngsters involved in 4H programs nationwide. Brett has judged multiple livestock species for over 25 years, starting with 4-H judging competitions, and currently judges shows internationally.

Ruth Elvestad

Ruth Elvestad has over 30 years’ in a broad base of agriculture, business, government and academic sectors in Canada. She has extensive teaching, curriculum and program development expertise, and has been involved in international trade, import/export of livestock, and international fiber research.

Ruth manages the Natural Fibre Centre and Testing Laboratory at Olds College; is qualified fiber testing technician; a Certified Camelid Fiber classer; a Certified AOBA Judge; a volunteer with the Canadian Camelid Fibre Co-op; a founding member of the Canadian AgriFibre network; a Wool Judge; and teaches Fiber Workshops extensively throughout North America. Ruth and her husband, Rod, own R&R Alpacas in Olds, Alberta.

Brenda Barboza

Brenda has lifelong livestock experience from operating a family dairy to a premier alpaca ranch. After successfully raising Quarter Horses on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Brenda switched her attention to Alpacas in 1996. Brenda traveled to Peru and attended the International Alpaca Judging School in 2001. After returning she also began the AOBA judges training program. Brenda is a skilled trainer in all aspects of alpaca husbandry and daily care. Her specialty is new breeder training and education. She is also very involved in the use of alpaca fiber (as well as other natural fibers) offering felting classes that have been conducted at the ranch, and all around the U.S.A. Attending workshops from other artists and learning new skills, she will be offering some exciting new classes in the spring of 2012, watch for the updates to follow. If there is a class you would like to be able to attend and the dates don't work, call and arrange a day with a few friends, and it will be accomodated for you, a Custom Class! Together, Brenda with her husband David works full-time managing RanchoNC Alpacas in Valley Springs, CA. In 2006 they started ACE, Alpaca Continuing Education, which provides cutting edge training and education for the Alpaca breeder. Today Brenda and David run their ranch, RanchoNC Alpacas, in the foothills of Northern California and devote their full-time attention to the Alpaca Industry.

Dottie Develey

Dottie Develey has been raising alpacas in Northern California for eight years with a herd of Suri Alpacas. Wanting to work with the spectacular natural fiber alpaca’s produce she began studying fiber arts seven years ago. Today she is an accomplished weaver, spinner, knitter working with all natural fibers as well creating felted and dyed projects. Dottie is regularly commissioned to do projects for many members of the Alpaca Community who appriciate the unique and beautiful qualities of her creations. Dottie’s exceptional teaching style makes attending her courses not only fun but very informative.

For class dates and times, visit our calendar of events.

RanchoNC
David & Brenda Barboza
50 Duck Creek Court
Valley Springs, CA 95252
(209) 772-3918
Cell: (209) 612-9100

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