The International Alpaca Odyssey (IAO) is the only alpaca show in North America where American alpacas are judged using the strict standards of the International Show Rules, competing in a format in which it is possible that no first place ribbons are awarded. By showing under the International Rules, utilizing a three judge panel and under either the 60/40 or 70/30 (Fleece/Conformation) criteria rather than the 50/50 used by most AOBA certified halter shows, breeders both small and large can see where their breeding program stands from a global perspective.
In an effort to introduce innovative show rules that could possibly benefit the North American alpaca industry as a whole, this year’s event will introduce a new classification concept that acknowledges that while it is important for continued improvement in the national herd in pursuit of a commercial fiber market, there needs to be equal recognition for the alpacas that serve the existing small processor market.
The basis for the new set of rules is the idea that the current North American Alpaca herd can be seen as two sectors. One sector is focused on breeding goals whose outcome is the best possible alpaca for large-scale fleece production to a commercial mill. The other sector is focused on our current cottage industry model where it is the value of today’s fleece to the cottage industry processor [hand spinner to the mini-mill].
What do you think about these new rules?
International Alpaca Odyssey
May 13-16 2010