Fleece Shows

Why enter? You will have the opportunity to benchmark your fleece against some of the best in the country! This is also a fantastic venue to get your fleece known to end users and establish a repeat market. 


Schedule of Events:

Wool Drop-Off: Friday, July 5 noon - 6 pm OR Saturday, July 6 between 8:00 - 9:00 am

Public Judging: Starts on Saturday, July 6 1:00 - 6:00 pm

Silent Auction Sale: Sunday, July 7th 10 am - closing bids at 5:30 pm

Wool Pick Up: Non sale fleeces can be picked up on Saturday, July 6th between 5 and 6 pm.  

Settlement: Sale fleeces must be settled for and/or picked up Sunday, July 7 between 6 - 9 pm or Monday, July 8 from 8:00 am - noon

*In the event that you have someone else picking up your fleece, please be aware the individual will need to sign off on it for release.*  


For the Sheep Show

Judging - The Custom Woolen Mills Alberta Wool Fleece show is judged as a handspinning/artisan show.

Fleeces are judged for soundness, cleanliness including yield, as well as handle, staple length, crimp style and uniformity characteristic for the breed.  The judge and Coordinator have complete discretion regarding disqualification or reclassification of any fleece, and general conduct of the show.

Awards

  • 1, 2, and 3rd place ribbons in each class; class winners receive their entry fees back
  • Grand Champion and Reserve Champion - White and Colour General Classes
  • Spinner's Choice - ballot boxes will be available in show area after official judging is complete.

Class Organization

  • White General Classes - Fine, Down Type, Long and Specialty
  • Coloured General Classes - Fine, Down Type, Long and Specialty
  • Breed Classes - Shetland, Icelandic, Jacob, Blue-Faced Leicester

Breed classes will be run for any breed if there are at least 3 producers entering at least 5 fleeces of that breed, if there are insufficient fleeces in a breed class those fleeces will be entered in the General Classes. (White or Coloured)

Fineness for Classes:

  • Fine wool: under 30 micron e.g. Merino, Rambouillet, Targhee, Corriedale, Finn
  • Down Type wool: 26 - 33 micron e.g. Hampshire, Dorset, Sulfolk, Texel
  • Long Wool:  30 - 42 micron e.g. Romney, Leicester, Cotswold, Lincoln
  • Specialty fleeces: 18 - 42 micron Karakul, Jacob, Churro

For the Llama Show

Llama Canada is proud to be sponsoring the Llama Fleece Show and Sale during Olds College Fibre Week 2019, July 5-7. Fleeces will be on display and judged before being put on sale by silent auction.  The 2019 judge is still yet to be determined.

Judging - The Llama Fleece show is judged as a handspinning/artisan show.

Fleeces are judged for soundness, cleanliness including yield, as well as handle, staple length, crimp style and uniformity characteristic for the breed.  The judge and Coordinator have complete discretion regarding disqualification or reclassification of any fleece, and general conduct of the show.

Awards

  • 1, 2, and 3rd place ribbons in each class; class winners receive their entry fees back
  • Grand Champion and Reserve Champion;
  • Best of Show
  • Spinner's Choice - ballot boxes will be available in show area after official judging is complete.

Classes:

  • Double Coat
    • LL01 – age 6 to 24 months
    • LL02 – age 25 months to 8 years
    • LL03 – age 8 years and older
  • Single Coat
    • LL04 – age 6 to 24 months
    • LL05 – age 25 months to 8 years
    • LL06 – age 8 years and older
  • Suri Llama Coat
    • LL07 – age 6 to 24 months
    • LL08 – age 25 months to 8 years
    • LL09 – age 8 years and older

 

Class Organization:

  1. All fleeces should be entered in appropriate classes based on age of animal when sheared.
  2. Fleeces are classified based on double coat, single coat or Suri
  • Double fleece coat has fine fibre close to the skin with a coarser outer fibre. A crimp effect to the fibre is sometimes evident.
  • Single fleece coat (sometimes called “silky”) has fine fibre that falls vertically from the body.  A loose crimp or wave effect is quite often visible in a single coated fleece.
  • Suri-Llama fleece coat has defined locks that spiral in rope-like effect. There is little or no crimp.