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Alpaca Fleece Buyers

Alpaca Fleece Producers

Waratah Alpaca Fibre purchases both Huacaya and Suri fleece All fleece is sorted and classed in accordance with the Australian Alpaca Association alpaca fleece classing code of practice. This code uses the following lines and producers; fibre is valued accordingly :

• Sheer Ultra (SU) less than 17 micron (˂16.6µ)
• Ultrafine (UF) 17 - 18 micron (16.6 - 18.5µ)
• Superfine (SF) 19 - 20 micron (18.6 - 20.5µ)
• Fine (F) 21 - 24 micron (20.6 - 24.5µ)
• Medium (M) 25 - 28 micron (24.6 - 28.5µ)
• Strong (S) 29 - 36 micron (28.6 - 36.5µ)
• Extra Strong (XS) greater than 36 micron (>36.5µ)

The Co-op will adopt the Classing COP range of colours as follows

• White (WT) - white or off white with no contaminating colour
• Light Fawn (LF) - light fawn and white/off white with odd fawn/brown fibres
• Fawn (FN) - medium fawn
• Brown (BR) - dark fawn, light and medium brown
• Dark Brown (DB) - dark brown and red brown
• Brown Black (BB) - brown black
• Grey (GY) - light, medium and dark grey
• Rose Grey (RG) - rose grey
• Black (BK) - black

For current fleece purchase prices producers should email mick@waratahalpacafibre.com.au


Fleece Preparation Requirements

To ensure the quality of supply and to maximise returns to producers Waratah Alpaca Fibre requires all supplied fleece to be properly skirted and free of vegetable matter. To assist with this the Co-op encourages all producers to attend appropriate fleece preparation workshops and also encourages saddle first shearing to avid cross contamination of fibre.

To reduce classing costs and to maximise returns to individual growers producers are also asked to provide mid side sample test results upon supply of their fibre.

The Waratah Alpaca Fibre Fleece Preparation, Shearing, Skirting & Pre-Classing Manual has also been developed to assist producers in maximising the value of their supply.

For enquiries concerning the Co-op's fleece prepation quality control requirements producers should email bob@waratahalpacafibre.com.au

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