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Seminars

Breeding Elite Fleeces

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Location: Fredericksburg, TX
Cost: $85 per person -or- $170 per farm
Instructor(s): Ian Watt

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: $85 per person /$170 per Farm
Capacity: Limited

Ian Watt, the well-know alpaca consultant, is coming to Misty Ridge. This educational seminar is a great opportunity to learn more about the alpaca industry: management, nutrition, fiber, genetics, breeding standards, and selection. As with all of Ian’s seminars, the question and answer session promises to be especially rich in information.

Sessions will include:
• Understanding the industry Structure and its levels of participation
• Objective Measurements
• Understanding fiber growth and genetics
• Nutrition for elite fleeces
• Assesing fleece traits
• Developing breeding plans that work
• EPD's and their relevance.

Join us for a learning experience of a lifetime!

Discount offered with an alpaca purchase or breeding services at Misty Ridge Ranch

Ian Watt has a lifetime of experience especially in Australian primary industries. He has bred alpacas for 15 years and served as the National President of the Australian Alpaca Association for four years after three years in other positions.

Ian is now an international alpaca consultant. He is a graduate of Roseworthy College, in South Australia, and spent six years in Papua New Guinea as an animal specialist production officer. While there he consulted with the World Bank, produced educational films and wrote his first book. After moving back to Australia he opened his own business. He is the editor and publisher of the “International Alpaca Handbook” and wrote a series of booklets on alpaca fiber.

Ian has spoken at various national conferences and events in Australia and North America. He has traveled extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA. His long time involvements in the wool and alpaca industry gives him a unique focus on breeding programs, while incorporating the SRS protocols developed in Australia by Dr Jim Watts. Ian’s practical experience gives his presentations a very real “hands-on” emphasis.

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Alpaca Platinum Marketing & Sales Mastery

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2009
Location: Fredericksburg, TX
Cost: *FREE*
Instructor(s): John Ellis

This one day seminar will focus on what you need to succeed in the alpaca industry from sales to marketing. We will answer your questions and help fine-tune your business. Lunch and handouts included.

Sessions will include:
• Appraisals/Knowing your alpaca, Knowing its value
• Marketing & Sales
• Complementary BBQ lunch

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Living the Alpaca Dream Seminar

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2009
Location: Fredericksburg, TX
Cost: FREE!
Instructor(s): John Ellis

This one day seminar will give you helpful information, whether you are a enthusiast or new breeder. Lunch and handouts included.

For registration call 1-888-881-7222 or send us an e-mail at office@alpacaranch.com

R.S.V.P. Now!

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Alpaca Treasure Hunt

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009
Location: 5138 Goehmann Lane, Fredericksburg, TX
Cost: $35 per person
Instructor(s): John Ellis

All you want to know about the alpaca business is here!


Learn how to:
• Evaluate
• Buy
• Set-Up
• Breed
• Birth
• Herd Health
• Succeed

R.S.V.P. now calling 1-888-881-7222 or e-mail us at office@alpacaranch.com
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Alpaca Marketing & Sales Seminar

Date: Saturday, June 13, 2009
Location: Misty Ridge Ranch
Cost: FREE
Instructor(s): John Ellis

This one day seminar will focus on what you need to succeed in the alpaca industry from sales to marketing. We will answer your questions and help fine-tune your business. Lunch and handouts included.

Sessions will include:

• Appraisals/Knowing your alpaca, Knowing its value
• Marketing & Sales
• Complementary BBQ lunch


R.S.V.P. at 1-888-881-7222 (PACA) or e- mail us at office@alpacaranch.com

RSVP Today!

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Misty Ridge Open-House & Seminar Seminar Series

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2009
Location: Fredericksburg, TX
Cost: FREE!
Instructor(s): Misty Ridge Team

Misty Ridge invites you to attend our Open-House at a new location!

- Visit the ranch and meet our alpacas
- Pen Sale & breeding services with huge savings
- Herd Health, Cria Care, Showmanship Seminars with hands on practice.
- Lunch & refreshments

These two days will be packed with information, great deals and good times. R.S.V.P at 1-888-881-7222 (PACA) or e-mail us at office@alpacaranch.com

RSVP Today!

FREE ENTRANCE
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Misty Ridge Open-House & Seminar Seminar Series

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Location: Fredericksburg, TX
Cost: FREE!
Instructor(s): Misty Ridge Team

Misty Ridge invites you to attend our Open-House at a new location!

- Visit the ranch and meet our alpacas
- Pen Sale & breeding services with huge savings
- Herd Health, Cria Care, Showmanship Seminars with hands on practice.
- Lunch & refreshments

These two days will be packed with information, great deals and good times. R.S.V.P at 1-888-881-7222 (PACA) or e-mail us at office@alpacaranch.com

RSVP Today!

FREE ENTRANCE
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Alpaca Raffle & Last Pen Sale

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2009
Location: 19889 Cedardale Rd, Mount Vernon WA 98274
Cost: FREE!
Instructor(s):

We would like to invite you to our last pen sale and alpaca raffle at our current location.

We hope you can join us!

• Raffle of one female alpaca (maiden)
• Raffle of three breeding services
• Pen Sale (alpaca females as low as $4,000)
• Refreshments

For more information and reservations call 1-888-881-7222 (PACA) or e-mail us at office@alpacaranch.com

* Pen sale, package deals, and raffle more alpacas, not listed on website.
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Breeding Elite Alpacas Through Better Breeding Practices

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2008
Location: Misty Ridge Ranch
Cost: $75 per person • $120 per Farm
Instructor(s): Ian Watt (Alpaca Consulting USA) • CPA Mark Reed (Williams & Nulle Associates)

Misty Ridge presents the last seminar and pen sale at current location: Breeding Elite Alpacas through Better Breeding Practices” by Ian Watt and “Save Thousand of Dollars with New Tax Benefits” by CPA Mark Reed

A two day educational seminar packed full of new and exciting information. Ensure your success in the alpaca industry; plan to attend to this seminar.

* Breakfast, lunch and handouts are included.

Sessions will include:

Sat. 4th October 2008
"Save Thousand of Dollars with New Tax Benefits" by CPA Mark Reed

"Improving Fiber Production with Better Management" by Ian Watt
Practical management practices to better express the underlying fiber genetics as well as developing a better understanding of how fiber grows both in the skin and outside.

"Misty Ridge Pen Sale" by Misty Ridge Team

Sun. 5th October 2008
"Using Objective Fiber Measurements to Make Better Breeding Decisions" by Ian Watt
Understanding what objective measurements are all about, what we can measure, how we measure it and how it can apply to every alpaca farm - includes fiber testing, skin biopsies, production assessment, etc.

"Developing Better Breeding Plans to Produce Elite Fiber"
Breeding plans, what they are, how they work and how they add value and reason to what you do as a breeder.

"Misty Ridge Pen Sale" by Misty Ridge Team


For registration call Arturo (360) 661-1474 or Kat (360) 421-2501 or email us office@alpacaranch.com

* About Ian Watt: Ian Watt has a lifetime of experience. He was National President of the Australian Alpaca Association, editor and publisher of the "International Alpaca Handbook" and wrote a series of booklets on alpaca fiber. Ian has spoken at various national conferences and events in Australia, New Zealand and North America. His long time involvement in the wool and alpaca industry gives him a unique focus on breeding programs. While incorporating the SRS protocols developed in Australia by Dr Jim Watts. Ian's practical experience gives his presentations a very real "hands-on" emphasis.

*About CPA Mark Reed: Mark Reed is a partner in the firm of Williams & Nulle, PLLC, in Mount Vernon, Washington. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Seattle University and Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant who has several major clients that own alpaca businesses.


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Herd Health Day

Date: Saturday, July 19, 2008
Location: 19889 Cedardale Rd. Mount Vernon, WA 98274
Cost: $30 per person
Instructor(s): Arturo Pena

We'll take you through our routine health checks to give you an idea of what is involved in the alpaca health care, including: observation, weighing, oral medications, and trimming toenails. You will receive a list of basic medical items to have on hand. Limited to 20 attendees.

For registration call Arturo Pena at
(360) 661–1474 or email at office@alpacaranch.com

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Alpaca 101 Seminar & Pen Sale Review

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2008
Location: Misty Ridge Ranch
Cost: FREE!
Instructor(s): Misty Ridge Team

A one day educational seminar. Giving you an overview of the alpaca business and providing the information you will need to start your own ranch. Help determine your future in alpacas. Recommended for those interested in start-up and beginning alpaca breeders. Lunch and handouts included.

Sessions will include:
· Investment Opportunity
· Ranch Setup
· Herd Management

For registration call Shannon
(360) 661-1474 or John (360) 661-4125 office@alpacaranch.com


Register Now!

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Misty Ridge Stud Male Parade & Pen Sale

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2008
Location: Misty Ridge Ranch
Cost: FREE!
Instructor(s):

Date: May 31st
Time: 8:30AM – 12PM
Location: 19889 Cedardale Road, Mount Vernon WA 98274

Good breeding decisions will greatly improve your next generation. Don’t settle for average when you can have astounding!



- Stud male parade and raffle of three elite stud services.

- Pen sales with different price ranges and affordable to any budget.

- Show quality package deals.

- Educational talks.

- Alpaca fashion and antiques.

- Breakfast & lunch.

- Farm tour…AND MUCH MORE!


Mark Your Calendars!




Don’t miss this event… It promises to be a fun day.


* Pen sale, package deals and raffle more alpacas, not listed on website.

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Alpaca Fiber Clinic

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2008
Location: 19889 Cedardale Rd. Mount Vernon, WA 98274
Cost: $120 per person
Instructor(s): Wade Gease • AOBA Certified Judge & Trainer

This is a great hands-on clinic presented by Wade Gease, AOBA Certified Alpaca Judge & Trainer.

Misty Ridge presents this one day intensive clinic to obtain the inside view from an AOBA certified Fleece & Halter judge and alpaca owner on what alpaca fiber is all about. Come and refine your knowledge of what makes alpaca fiber so incredible.

• Learn to identify what is an superior, average and mediocre characteristics that are displayed on the AOBA fleece scorecard.

• Learn about crimp styles/locks, brightness/luster, density and gain an understanding where your alpacas measure up.

• Learn how to estimate microns with your own eyes & fingers!

• Find out why some characteristics are favored over others. What are they and is there scientific evidence for the differences?, What does a skin biopsy test tells us?

• Grow your knowledge and confidence with this hands-on experience as you go thru examples with Wade.

As an extra benefit feel free to bring one of your own fleeces to be evaluated!

Session will include luncheon, refreshments and handouts. Reserve a spot by phone, mail or email by contacting Shannon Ellis:


Alpacas of Misty Ridge
19889 Cedardale Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98274
(360) 661-7222/360-661-1474
office@alpacaranch.com
www.alpacaranch.com


* Class size is limited to ensure individual attention.

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